What does a Presidential campaign co-chair do?

This article was submitted by Deb Meeker of Newfield (Tompkins County), a friend of the New NY 23rd.

Reed-TrumpRep Tom Reed (R NY 23rd) was chosen to be one of Donald Trump’s co-chairs for Trump’s presidential campaign, shortly after Tom Reed endorsed Trump this spring. Reed’s circumspect  announcement of his endorsement of Trump included a remark about curbing bombastic rhetoric and getting down to work to bring Republican/Conservatives together.

As Donald Trump’s rhetoric has become more and more inflammatory : “torture is just fine”, “kill all Islamist terrorists and their families”, “women should punish themselves for getting abortions, and (Trump) will “fix the Supreme Court with anti-abortion Justices”, etc. Rep. Tom Reed is silent about these Trump pronouncements and his own endorsement.

Looking at Tom Reed’s Facebook campaign page, one would believe President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and John Plumb were the enemy much more than ISIS. Trump’s obvious bombastic rhetoric is copied by Reed.

On Rep Tom Reed’s official political Facebook page, there are mainly warm, fuzzy, local trivial posts 🙂 that suggest Tom Reed is interested in the celebrations and people of the NY 23rd district.

Could there be in between these diametrically opposed ‘faces of Reed’, a clue why Tom Reed was named as a Trump Co-chair? Tom Reed was pressured to endorse Trump, but does that mean he doesn’t agree with Trump’s platform?

From what we can read in Tom Reed’s press releases, Facebook posts, and mailings, Donald Trump doesn’t exist. There are no pictures of Tom Reed and Donald Trump together for public view, and Trump is never mentioned.

Is Tom Reed getting paid to be a Trump campaign co-chair?

What duties might Tom Reed actually be performing to earn the title? Who might be more concerned about appearances of agreement – Trump or Reed?

Rep. Tom Reed has glorified himself with phony awards and endorsements throughout his tenure – why does he shrink from this one?

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About pystew

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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11 Responses to What does a Presidential campaign co-chair do?

  1. Anne says:

    You bring up one of the things that bothers me about our rep (well, there are many things, of course)…but it’s almost like there are two distinctly different Reeds: the campaign page screeching loony tune of a Reed, and the “official government page” Reed who is measured and a little dull. Campaign Reed sounds as nutty as some of the nuttiest of his base; government Reed is clearly going step-by-step through the GOP handbook on How To Woo Voters and Keep the Funding Flowing. I wonder which is the real Reed–ignorant and nasty, or ignorant and opportunistic?

  2. pystew says:

    He also tells his constituents at Town Hall meetings one thing, then he gets back to Washington and changes his mind and votes the opposite way.

  3. Deb Meeker says:

    As one wise person I know asked: “Should Tom Reed have to take accountability for his endorsement of Donald Trump?” It seems so far Tom has been able to skate on thin ice.

  4. josephurban says:

    Good article. Concise.

    As a constituent of Reed I think I have the right to know
    1. Is he being paid by the Trump campaign?
    2. In what areas does he agree and disagree with Trump?
    3. Will he take a job with Trump if he is not re-elected to Congress?

  5. Deb Meeker says:

    Thank you, Joe. Any ideas on how we can get Tom Reed to answer those questions? I sure would like to know the answers too.

  6. pystew says:

    Another question: Will Reed go to the Republican Convention?

  7. catkestler says:

    You will never get a straight answer from Reed.
    Great article, Deb, you’ve read my mind!
    Snapshots of the Campaign page could be the kiss of death for him. I truly believe Reed is getting rewarded handsomely for his endorsement.
    Every time #Trumplethinskin opens his mouth, the closer we get to our goal: #ByeByeTomTom

  8. Deb Meeker says:

    Good question. He might not knowing it will be a “gun free zone” – as we all know those are the dangerous places…

  9. whungerford says:

    If this list is correct, Tom Reed isn’t a delegate.
    https://ballotpedia.org/Republican_delegates_from_New_York,_2016

  10. pystew says:

    Thanks for the list. I see two of Trump’s NY delegates are from Yates County, Sandra (Sandy) King, Yates Republican Chair and the leader of the local Tea Party. The second is John Pendergast, Town of Benton Supervisor and the Chair of the local SCOPE organization.

  11. pystew says:

    In May Reed “spoke in favor of Donald Trump” at a Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus and Economic Equality Coalition event in Washington DC.

    http://www.mdgc.us/articles/2016/5/21/indepth_summary_of_may_1112/

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