Mitrano Gives Update On Campaign

TRACY MITRANO

As the race for the New York 23rd Congressional District enters its final months, Democratic nominee Tracy Mitrano has begun to provide more updates on her campaign and provide reasons why she believes she’s a better fit for representative than incumbent Tom Reed, R-Corning.

In response to Reed’s recently announced Helping Americans Succeed by Measuring Outcomes Act, Mitrano said she has no faith in the representative to follow through. She said that Reed puts out something that sounds great for the people of the district every election cycle and has a track record of not making it work.

She bemoaned that pattern in a recent conference call, Mitrano’s first of the campaign with local press. Work on Reed’s Helping Americans act began earlier this year.

“We have a history of his not following through with it,” Mitrano said. “The people of this district know what’s going on.”

Mitrano pointed out how she believes Reed has continuously voted against the health and educational needs of his constituents. She reiterated her commitment to affordable healthcare and education, including a goal for zero percent interest on student loans.

After accusing Reed of pursuing bipartisan media coverage to bolster his chances in November’s election, Mitrano elaborated on how she wants debates against the incumbent to go in the coming months. She said she wants less conservative bias and an emphasis on simplification in the questions asked.

“I’ll be more than happy to debate Reed anywhere in this district,” said Mitrano, who insisted for her fair and equal treatment.

For example, Mitrano wants to be able to call her opponent “Tom” if he calls her “Tracy.” If she is expected to call him “Congressman Reed,” then she insists she be called “Dr. Mitrano.”

In discussing terms of future debates, Mitrano is asking for a smaller range of people asking questions than she has seen, commentators who obviously bear their political leanings, the same number of conservative and liberal questions and vigilant moderators. Otherwise, she said, the extraneous elements distract from potential debate.

“This election is very important nationally,” Mitrano said.

She mentioned that reasons why this election is also critical for the district include an economy that needs to match people with modern skill-based jobs, a need for a broadened internet infrastructure and improvements in the affordability of healthcare and education.

“We have a clear vision of what the district needs,” Mitrano said. “We should be cognizant that (internet) should go to every farm, every school and every home.”

Mitrano reiterated that she can win due to her experience and the pattern she has observed of Reed not holding himself accountable to the people. She cited more than 90,000 registered voters in the district who are unaffiliated; she thinks they will become “thoughtful voters.”

“We have a Congressperson who has neglected the needs of this district,” Mitrano said. “Reed’s greatest opponent is not me; it’s his own record.”

Abbey Daugherty, communications director for Reed, responded to the various claims against Reed asserted by Mitrano. She mentioned that Reed is in the top 1 percent of members of Congress in terms of how many town halls he has hosted.

“It’s not a surprise that Tracy Mitrano is taking desperate shots at us because voters are not buying her extreme Ithaca liberal agenda,” Daugherty said. “We expect Tracy to continue these baseless attacks as she struggles to relate to voters across the district.”

In other news, Mitrano emphasized the popularity of renewable energy in the district. She admitted that Reed has explored options like wind and solar energy as well, just not enough in her opinion.

Mitrano continued to attack Reed, calling him a “well-funded, well-coached incumbent.” She said her $275,000 raised this summer will be spent to get her elected and nothing more.

“It’s not money that wins elections; it’s money that corrupts politics,” Mitrano said.

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