Politicians and NY-27

Dear Editor:

What to make of Chris Collins? After all, what he got caught doing pales by comparison to what The Donald and his group of insiders are all about. Should it surprise anyone that giving tax breaks to the mega-rich—along with regulation abatement–would ‘juice’ an economy already doing quite well when he took office?

Are all republicans the ‘scumbags’ that Bob Lonsberry labeled Collins? Please.

Do all democrats want to enable deadbeats and abolish I.C.E.? Come on.

We need to differentiate between the Spitzers, Percocos and Silvers and the LaFalces, Hochuls and Slaughters.

We get representatives like Chris Collins because we don’t take our responsibilities as citizens of a republic seriously enough. The price of liberty actually is eternal vigilance. The problem is that today, if we don’t like it, or cannot understand it, we call it “fake news”. Once labeled as such, some of us—in our delusional minds–seem to think we are absolved from dealing with it. After all, it is “fake”.

Paul Lauricella may be a science denier, but he is right on when he calls for more involvement in the political process.

Kelly Gregoire—similar to millions of others—may have succumbed to wishful thinking, even though they are educated and mean well. Kelly may have been taken in by The Donald, as were many good people, but I believe her reasons for running for the republican committee in Murray are pure.

But finding redeeming features in The Donald, as Al Capurso states unequivocally, is challenging. His numerous female accusers aren’t all “liars”. Was the Access Hollywood video “fake news”? The Atlantic City contractors he never paid actually worked on the Taj Mahal resort.

Chris Collins’ biggest fault is not that he used his position to make—and avoid losing—millions of dollars. The thing that makes him a liability his constituents cannot afford is that he is an enabler of The Donald. I might consider voting for someone with ½ the backbone of John McCain, Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, Charlie Dent, or several others who understand The Donald is a con man. Rob Ortt seems like a solid, ethical, guy, but if he doesn’t call out The Donald, neither he, nor any republican similarly disposed deserves our votes.

Nate McMurray seems like a person of principle. Electing him would demonstrate that even in the supposedly solid 27th Congressional district (where having an “R” beside your name may be all it takes) people have had enough self-serving conduct and grade-school bully tactics. It’s “time out” time.

Sincerely yours,
Gary Kent
Albion, NY