This article was written by Russell Tocqueville, a friend of the New NY23rd, and a long time Southern Tier resident.
Having grown up and spent most of my life in the Southern Tier among friends and family, I can first hand tell you that candidates such as Donald Trump and others do not represent our values and our society. It takes hard work and lots of family to live our lifestyle of hospitality and good values, something that Donald Trump could not buy and wouldn’t be
able to afford. Going down Route 14 along the Finger Lakes, we see that our Southern Tier is a special place that breeds tough no nonsense folks that aren’t afraid to get their hands and dirty and work hard during the week, so that we can spend time well-earned time with family and friends in the weekend whether it be hunting, fishing, or sitting down with your kids for dinner.
Southern Tier values, our values of hard work and determination to family outweigh the billions of dollars an outsourcer like Donald Trump could ever have, because we in the Southern tier have the one thing that hard work and struggle build that Donald Trump will never have. We have heart. For generations families have passed down the same wineries and farms, gone to work in the same factories, gotten up at the crack of dawn to open the same stores in Corning, and Bath, Elmira and dozens of other small towns that makeup our beautiful home. Families, whole families sat down after church on Sunday for a good brunch, and your father or son was always only five minutes away.
Donald Trump the only thing he would do, is figure out a way to rip off our winery owners, steal our farmer’s crop, and figure out a way to shut down all of our factories to send to China. Helped out by his merry henchmen like Tom Reed, Trump will put the final nail in the coffin of our Southern Tier values. Ensuring that families are split up so that family dinners have to become multi state endeavors and trying to earn a decent living is somehow considered a luxury.
The man called our Finger Lakes a war zone. But maybe that’s because Southern Tier Finger Lakes wine probably taste better than anything his Trump Winery will ever produce.
This election ain’t about whether you want walls or you’re with her. It’s about ensuring that the Southern Tier has a fighting chance so that our Southern Tier values are passed along to another generation. So that we have new farmers, and ensure that our families can always be in the same towns, because being able to see your folks shouldn’t be a special occasion, it should be every weekend. Donald Trump doesn’t like political correctness, yet somehow this insult of a politician wants praise from everyone because he was born with it. Congressman Tom Reed, Senator Tom O’mara, and Assemblyman Chris Friend expect praise for not getting much done, because they believe we send them to Albany and DC, to get participation medals in government not to legislate. But what kind of person thinks they should get a salary from us the people, in return for them sending out a mailer showing how beholden they are to downstate and corporate interests.
This election is about ensuring that young people can have work in our region, not just so some billionaire on the Upper East Side can say he ran for president. There is no momentum in joking about sexually assaulting women and anyone who believes that isn’t looking out for our best interests.
This election, look at the ticket that’ll fight for our wine, and our farms, and our factories. Support Captain John Plumb for Congress, a navy vet from Randolph, because Tom Reed is more preoccupied ensuring himself before he fights for us. Elect Leslie Danks Burke to the State Senate, because she’ll look out for the farmsteads in Chemung County, and not the High rises of the Upper East Side. Elect Bill Batrowny for State Assembly because a voice in the majority with our values brings results to the Southern Tier with our values. It’s time for the changing winds to blow towards prosperity, not nostalgia.