This article was written by Marcia Westling Johnson, a friend of the New NY 23rd, and is published with her permission.
When trying to decide who to vote for, one of the things to consider, is the candidate a person with integrity? This characteristic is sorely lacking in Congressman Tom Reed. Rep. Reed’s constant barrage of ads calling Robertson an “extreme Ithaca liberal” was an affront to his constituents from an area he is supposed to represent. Instead of dealing with real issues, he talks about four raises over twelve years, and a conference table for the county legislature to use, not a personal desk. His ads also consistently lied about Robertson’s votes and views on the issues important to the voters He knows Robertson did not vote for the Safe Act, but lies about it. He knows she has always supported the repowering of NRG, but lies about it. This complete lack of integrity should make voters realize that he is not the person we want representing us in Washington. When he paid a personal bill with campaign funds he said it was a mistake. I know of no candidate on the national level (or even many local levels) that does not have a treasurer to take care of the finances. Another Reed lie.
With the large population of senior citizens in his district, his multiple votes for the Ryan budget are not in the best interest of his constituents. Reed knows that turning Medicare into a voucher system will hurt senior citizens, but he voted for it anyways. And the Observer was not being totally honest by omitting that fact when in the article about entitlement programs.
Reed claims to be fiscally responsible, but voted to shut down the government, costing taxpayers billions of dollars. He votes for tax breaks for giant corporations, knowing our infrastructure is crumbling and we need to repair it. He supported tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, and supports Free Trade Agreements that do the same.
Reed refused to do any open debates in Chautauqua County, or with WGRZ in Buffalo. His ads claim he has done 150 town hall meetings, but when I contacted his office and asked for a list of them, I was told they didn’t know if one exists. They got that number from a tally they kept, they said. So a Congressional office doesn’t keep a calendar of the events he attends. Just another Reed lie. Why will he not come here and tell us why we should vote for him and listen to our concerns.
Martha Robertson is a strong supporter of the working and middle class. She wants to raise the minimum wage which will lower taxes, because if people make a more livable wage they won’t need assistance for SNAP or HEAP benefits. It will also help the economy because when people with lower incomes make more money they spend it. Many corporations are saying the same thing. She supports raising the rate at which taxpayers pay into Social Security, making sure it is there for future retirees. She wants to continue to guarantee Medicare, saving money for seniors, instead of putting it into the hands of big insurance companies.
Robertson will work for us, and deserves to be elected our Congressional representative.