House Majority Whip campaigns for Faso in Greene County

November 02, 2018 07:37 PM

LEEDS - More star power shows up in the battle for New York's 19th Congressional District. Majority Whip Steve Scalise rallied with Republican John Faso in Greene County Friday afternoon.

Our exclusive NewsChannel 13 Survey USA poll shows Faso is still in a dead heat with Democrat Antonio Delgado.


Over the past month, the 19th District has seen appearances from House Speaker Paul Ryan, former Vice President Joe Biden and Majority Whip Steve Scalise. All of them here to rally voters.

But politicians aren't the only people looking to sway voters.

"I think many constituents are frustrated when they see the video of the woman, hear the video of the woman on the bus saying don't tell anyone you're from New York City when you're coming up to try to defeat John Faso in the election," Faso said. "I think that annoys a lot of people who live here."

Many people with second homes in the 19th District have re-registered to vote there. They hope to flip the seat blue, which could potentially turn over power in the House to Democrats.

"Truly the direction of the country is going to be at stake if Nancy Pelosi is speaker again," Scalise said. "You can go back and look at how she was as speaker from 2008 to 2010 and our country went in the wrong direction. The economy was in the tank."

Scalise and Faso spoke about a variety of issues, but health care was a major theme.

"We protect people with pre-existing conditions and lower premiums at the same time and you can do both," Scalise said. "Obamacare doesn't do either of them and so I think we've shown there's a better way to handle these problems."

Scalise also spoke immigration reform. He specifically addressed the caravan of migrants approaching the U.S. southern border.

"If somebody wants to come here, there's a legal way for them to come here," Scalise said. "Don't ignore laws and say we're just going to storm on in. There's a line, millions of people are waiting in to come here the right way. It would be an insult to all of those people that are waiting the right way to say we're just going to jump ahead of you and come on in regardless."

Both national and local rhetoric was also addressed.

"I think all of us can ratchet down the rhetoric, but at the same time there is a lot at stake and pointing out what each side stands for is really important in an election where policy really does matter," Scalise said.

"I don't like a whole lot of the ads that are on, the outside groups are doing both on the Republican side and the Democratic side," Faso said. "And you know what, I have no ability to influence those ads."


Emily Burkhard

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