Posted at: 10/17/2013 5:17 PM
| Updated at: 10/17/2013 6:26 PM
By: Bill Lambdin
KINDERHOOK - With 29 years in the military, Chris Gibson certainly knows what it means to be a good soldier.
During the shutdown, he seemed to be that good soldier, generally voting with the rest of his Republican Party to support the action in the House of Representatives, avoiding the type of strong statement he's now making.
"The government should have never shutdown," Rep. Gibson (R - Kinderhook). "It most certainly needed to be up and running."
The announced Democratic opponent for Gibson's seat, Sean Eldridge, issued a statement.
He said Gibson's "rhetoric does not match his record. He voted again and again with his colleagues to shut down the government, and after the shutdown, he refused to support a clean resolution that would have reopened the government sooner..."
We read that verbatim to Gibson and requested his response.
"It wasn't just me," Gibson said. "You know we had, on the night of the 30th, when we had that continuing resolution with two simple provisions, there were nine Democrats in a very hyper-partisan environment, despite arm twisting by leadership, they voted for it."
Meanwhile Democrat Paul Tonko says he hopes the long awaited agreement represents a change in attitude between the factions in Washington.
"There were no winners in DC with this shutdown and hopefully there are lessons learned," Tonko (D - Amsterdam) said.