I applaud you for doing a masterful job of dealing with an unruly crowd, with patience and respect. You tried to answer their questions but they didn’t give you a chance to talk very much, or really listen to what you had to say. There were many of us there, from Allegany County, who were supporting you.–seen on facebook
Tom Reed needs Tompkins County. It is key to retaining his office. He is lucky the courts included Tompkins County in New NY-23. If not for that Tom might have been defeated years ago.
Tom is very moderate, even liberal, for a Republican. This could be a problem in the predominately Republican, very conservative parts of NY-23. Tom maintains his conservative image there by contrasting himself with Tompkins County. We saw how well that works for him last weekend.
Tom is masterful at manipulating public opinion. He couldn’t have asked for more than to be attacked by outsiders in heavily Republican Towns. He was seen as protecting conservative values from noisy, unruly liberals. It earned him valuable exposure on national news.
Tom has avoided facing a challenge from the right. As long as conservatives see Tom as a bulwark against liberals, they are unlikely to risk backing a primary challenge and have not done so.
As I remember, Tom’s first town hall meeting was in a large auditorium at a Corning High School. Since then he has preferred small rooms in remote locations where he often finds a standing room crowd. Why should he change when this works well for him?
Tom has promised to hold a meeting in Tompkins County this Spring at a time and place to be determined; perhaps he will do so. The most he could ask is to be greeted with jeers and cat-calls.
Tom has repeatedly demonstrated that he doesn’t need Tompkins County votes to survive. Instead he prospers by running against Tompkins County. The one thing that Tompkins County could do to hurt and possibly defeat Tom Reed is to enthusiastically support him.