Many different, but similar collections of political grassroot groups have been working behind the scenes to energize the voters of the NY23rd. I don’t know, or need to know the details of how they evolved from being unhappy constituents to leaders who fire-up hundreds to Town Hall Meetings, and Rep. Reed’s offices. sociologists and political historians may work on that later.
Two of these grassroot collections have organized rallies for this week to celebrate to the recent Democratic Campaign and Primary.
One will be held tomorrow (Tuesday, July 10) at from 5 PM to 6:15 at 89 West Market St in Corning (the park next to Rep. Reed’s Office.) From their Facebook page:
The Democratic Primary for the 23rd Congressional District Seat is over and Tracy Mitrano is now the candidate for the Democratic Party! Citizens for a Better Southern Tier (CFABST) plans to hold a celebratory Unity Rally in Corning on Tuesday July 10th. CFABST has invited all five of the candidates for the Democratic Congressional Primary as well those running for local office to speak.
CFABST will have tables where anyone not yet registered to vote in the November 6 election may do so for any party they choose; a table for the Political Action Committee www.YourNY23.org. (a PAC seeking to have a responsive representative Congress); and a table with campaign literature for the winner of the June 26 primary.
Please come hear what the candidates have to say and how we can elect a Representative in November who will work tirelessly to create good jobs, to repair and build infrastructure, to improve quality of life for ALL of the citizens of the 23rd Congressional District.
Citizens for a Better Southern Tier is a non-partisan, peaceful grassroots organization that provides a voice to ensure all concerns are heard and addressed by their elected officials. Specifically, we are a group of 23rd District Independents, Democrats and disenfranchised Republicans who are seeking a representative who will stand up to injustice and fight for the people of the District. We will NEVER endorse any candidate; but based on his record, we do not think Congressman Reed is a person who represents us now, nor can do so in the future.
The second rally will be on Saturday, July 14 at Lincoln Park, 131 South Union Street in Olean. It starts at 2 PM. This is from the event Facebook page:
Join us as we come together in unity to celebrate the nomination of Democratic candidate Tracy Mitrano who will bring real representation to the 23rd Congressional district. Voters of all parties are encouraged to attend and express their support for the candidate. Sponsored by NY 23 United, a coalition of over 30 grassroots political organizations from across the 23rd district.
The event will include speeches by Tracy Mitrano and most of the other Democratic candidates for Congress. Also included will be tables where attendees can register to vote, pick up an absentee ballot, or sign up to help Tracy Mitrano’s campaign. Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets if they wish to sit. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the John Ash Community Center, 112 N. Barry St. Olean, NY. Ms. Mitrano has also received the nominations of the Working Families Party and the Women’s Equality Party.
The Cook Political Report considerd the NY-23 as a “Solid Republican”. They look at numbers–number of registered voters from all parties andt the amounts for donations for each candidate. It seems that they are not considering the enthusiasm of the electorate.
This is not the earlier NY23rd elections. We didn’t have rallies after the nominations of John Plumb, Martha Robertson, nor Nate Shinagawa. Things are different in 2018. We can defeat Tom Reed. It is not going to be easy. We will need to have a record voter turnout for a mid-term election.
The Unity Rallies will help. Thank you grassroots groups.