The Mud has been Swung

“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

John Plumb 1A 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.

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Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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9 Responses to The Mud has been Swung

  1. catkestler says:

    This is what happens when they’re afraid. The pot stirrers calling the kettle black. It’s time we get someone who isn’t self-serving and really cares are the constituents of the NY 23rd. Obviously, through his actions, speeches, and voting record, Tom Reed only cares about his big donors and his bottom line.
    How dare they question and belittle a veteran, Reed just votes against anything to benefit veterans.
    The very day John Plumb declared his campaign, Reed calls to hold a ‘virtual’ town hall meeting where he cherry-picked the questions he would answer and most of those questions were the same old rhetoric that all Repubs and Tea Party has been whining about and wasting the taxpayers money to chase the answers that they wanted to back their lies.

  2. pystew says:

    Do they really think that dribble would change anyone’s mind? They must be hoping to keep moderate Republicans who might be swayed in Reed’s camp.

    Believe me, we are yearning for someone with hands on leadership experience–not a country lawyer.

    If the Obama foreign policy is ‘flawed’ why hasn’t the Republican controlled congress stopped it? That is their job. The President asked for their opinion in January or February and got nothing.

  3. whungerford says:

    John Plumb should expect more of the same. Tom Reed has consistently chosen to smear his opponents rather than defend his record. Besides mud slinging, John should anticipate phony web sites, phony petitions, and much more

  4. Anne says:

    Speaking of not creating a single job in upstate NY or anywhere else……

  5. Deb Meeker says:

    The GOP attacks on President Obama’s ‘failed policy’ are laughable. Which don’t they like? Killing Bin Laden without risking thousands of American troop’s lives? Was is it chilling the Syrian crisis without invading Syria? Was it the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq that lowered total U.S. government costs for operations in Iraq to $11 billion in 2012 – a massive reduction from the $65.1 billion budgeted for Iraq in 2010? Perhaps it’s Obama’s diplomacy with Iran and the United Nations which isolated the Islamic Republic internationally, and Obama’s diplomats convincing Russia and China to abstain from vetoing U.N. sanctions?
    The GOP failed to support the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia that Obama signed to reduce the emphasis on nuclear weapons in the U.S. and Russia’s deterrence strategies. The GOP wants more active military personnel – so they tried to defeat the ending of “Don’t Ask, Don’t tell”, thus promoting the elimination of thousands of well trained, willing patriots from serving our country.

    Where has Tom Reed been if not in Washington? Oh yes, he’s been “On the Job” in the NY 23rd – sucking up to the gun lobby, kowtowing to gas leaseholders, terrifying elderly and disabled about losing the benefits they earned, (which he seeks to eliminate), and serving up empty rhetoric with a dollop of ice cream.
    Tom Reed should be afraid – very afraid.

  6. Anne says:

    …and speaking of missed voting: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/tom_reed/412393/report-card/2014
    *the difference is, of course, that Reed is paid, and paid handsomely, to show up and vote. He’s pretty high up on the list, percentage-wise.

  7. josephurban says:

    Mr Plumb had better have a very thick skin. And an aggressive attitude. The lies told about the last Dem candidate were just warmups. They will go after him like chimps throwing sh-t in the ape house. He should come out immediately and call Tom Reed on his lies. For example: Mr Reed sent out multiple flyers about how he supports SS and Medicare, then the first bill he sponsored in Congress was to cut SS Disability transfers which would cut SS payments to the disabled by 20%. He claims to support states rights yet seeks to overturn the NY restrictions on fracking. He has yet to explain any alternative to the ACA although he voted to abolish it over and over. He is the poster child for ALEC and the “bought” Congress.
    Over the last 30 years (since the famous Willie Horton ads) the GOP has consistently thrown mud and feces at their opponents. They have seldom, if ever, made POSITIVE proposals and welcomed HONEST debate on issues. I understand why. They lose if the election is about positive results and a fair debate. The only way they can win is by hurling mud.
    Mr Plumb is an educated man who has been involved in bettering people’s lives through participation in government. The opposite of what the current GOP stands for.
    Wouldn’t it be nice to have a person who understands science in Congress rather than a corporate hack?

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