“Republicans are so scared and desperate that they’ve actually stooped to the low of attacking John Plumb for serving his country for his entire adult life.–Ted Young, chairman of the Seneca Country Democrats
A day after John Plumb announced his candidacy for the congressional seat representing the New York 23rd, the Republicans began their negative campaign. According to Jim Miller of the Finger Lakes Times (Geneva) article Yates and Tompkins County Republican Committee Chairs, in a Press Release, criticized Plumb for living in DC and serving in the Obama Administration and his voting record.
Sandy King, Yates County Republican Committee Chair reported, “This is someone who was living in Washington for the last 10 years and working for the administration and was an advisor on the failed foreign policy of the Obama administration.”
James Drader, Chair of the Tompkins County GOP, “I am stunned that they think the voters would support someone who hasn’t voted or lived in New York in the last 15 years. We want someone who has been with us and understands the dynamics in New York state, and more particularly the 23rd District. This seems to be straight from the Nancy Pelosi playbook; another Eric Massa dropping in from Washington who has not created a single job in upstate New York or anywhere else.”
Plumb has discussed that he would encourage the growth of small manufacturers rather than to try to lure a large one into an area. He has said that a southern tier casino would not be the “special bullet” for economic growth that people want.
Just incase you were wondering, they also had researched Plumb’s voting record. They reported that while he worked and lived in Washington he had voted in the 2012 and 2014 general elections, the 2014 DC mayoral primary, and the 2010 primary. He failed to vote in the 2011 and 2012 special elections and the 2010 race.
I guess we have a hint of how the GOP are going to try to define John Plumb. It would be refreshing to see the NY 23rd Republican leaders praise Rep. Reed’s five year congressional career instead of attacking John Plumb’s career.