The following is challenger John Plumb’s response to Rep. Reed’s Internet ad that was the topic of the NY 23rd article “Rep. Reed Ignores John Plumb’s Military Service”
Congressman Reed attacks John Plumb for his lifetime of service
JAMESTOWN, NY — Congressman Tom Reed recently displayed a new level of political desperation when he used the Thanksgiving Holiday as an opportunity to email around a video attacking his opponent, US Navy Reserve Commander John Plumb, for his lifetime of service to our nation.
In the Thanksgiving video, Reed questioned Plumb’s New York roots because of the time he’s spent outside the state in service to our nation in the U.S. Navy, on the National Security Council, and at the Pentagon.
In response, John Plumb said “For over twenty years I have had the privilege to serve shoulder to shoulder with the best and bravest men and women in the world, and I won’t ever run away from that. That’s not politics, that’s integrity. Our campaign is about finding real ways to solve the real problems facing our hard working families and our country, not political grandstanding.”
“I’ve served under Republican and Democratic Presidents — under the water, in the Middle East, in the Pentagon and on the National Security Council. Politics should stop when it comes to our National Security, but Congressman Reed doesn’t seem to understand that,” added Plumb.
The paid negative attack video is only the latest proof that Rep. Reed is clearly feeling pressure by John Plumb’s presence in the race. Throughout his career in Congress, Reed has been a loyal supporter of unfair trade deals – that is until he felt pressure to abruptly change positions given John Plumb’s persistent opposition to the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement. And now, Reed released this video to distract from his record on jobs and his subsequent flip-flop on the issue.
“Apparently my focus on how we can incentivize new investment in our region while ensuring we keep our existing industries at home strong has my opponent worried,” added John Plumb. “To be honest, the first time I saw his ad, I was disappointed. There are too many serious issues facing our district and country to waste voters’ time with these kind of childish attacks.”
John Plumb, a native of Randolph, NY (Cattaraugus County), joined the US Navy after graduating from Randolph Central High School—earning an ROTC scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. After his graduation in 1992, he earned a Master of Science in Physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder the following year and was commissioned as a submarine officer in the US Navy. Plumb has spent over twenty years in leadership roles in the Navy and Navy Reserves.
Congressman Reed’s attack video can be viewed on his fundraising page here: https://tomreed.nationbuilder.com/donate_john_plumb_home?utm_campaign=thanks_update&utm_medium=email&utm_source=tomreed
Or on his Campaign’s YouTube page here: