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KUZMINSKI: OPEN LETTER TO ANTONIO DELGADO

Column by Adrian Kuzminski for July 13, 2018

OPEN LETTER TO ANTONIO DELGADO

Fight Faso Over

Big Money In Politics

Adrian Kuzminski

Congratulations on winning the Democratic nomination for Congress in New York’s 19th Congressional District.
You’ve got a tough fight ahead against a smooth and wily opponent. I’m one of many who would like to see Representative John Faso defeated. He is a bought and paid for ex-lobbyist with big hardcore far right support.
The Mercer family, investors in Breitbart News and supporters of Steve Bannon, gave a half-million dollars to the pro-Faso PAC “New York Wins” in the last election, helping put him over the top.
All told, the Mercers spent over $25 million in 2016 supporting far-right candidates PACs, and organizations across the country, including New York State. Their agenda of radical privatization requires the destruction of public institutions and entitlement programs. That means lowering the standard of living for most people while concentrating wealth in fewer and fewer hands.
The Mercers are the .001 percent, and Faso is the guy they’ve hired to represent us in the 19th CD in
Washington.
All that ought to be a slam-dunk for the Democrats, but not unless they act on it. This is an opportunity for you, Mr. Delgado, to take up the challenge. Faso needs to be called out on his right-wing, pro-corporate, anti-people agenda.
The Democratic leadership unfortunately has enabled, even embraced, much of that agenda. Beginning with the Clinton years, they abandoned labor unions and sided with corporations, supporting trade agreements that outsourced jobs, and tax breaks that favored corporate development over public service.
They continue “to talk the talk” about fighting for their constituents, but they no longer “walk the walk.”
You and the Democrats aren’t going to win this election by supporting a status quo that is working for fewer and fewer people. Defending the status quo is Faso’s job, not yours. You need to challenge the system, not claim that you can work it better than he can, or that it’s not so bad.

Parker Fish/The Freenan’s Journal  – During a visit to the Hometown Fourth of July celebration in Oneonta, candidate Delgado chats with Steve Londner of the League of Women Voters.

You have to show voters that Faso is the local agent responsible for people’s growing insecurity.
You need to expose the sham property-tax reduction he tried to pawn off on voters by gutting local healthcare funding. You need to alert voters to his duplicity in
voting to repeal Obamacare, after promising otherwise – something he’s likely to do on Social Security and other entitlements.
You need to remind voters of his support for deregulating Wall Street and destabilizing the economy.
And then there’s Trump. He’s a demagogue who’s been left free to exploit the insecurities and fears of the people whom the Democrats have left behind, and Faso seems 100-percent behind that.
Trump and Faso’s agenda is the same as the Mercers’: Privatize everything in sight.
You’ve got to do what other Democrats haven’t done. They have not attacked the insurance and pharmaceutical companies, the culprits blocking the kind of universal, affordable healthcare enjoyed by citizens of almost all other developed countries.
They have not broken up monopolistic corporations, whether it’s Amazon, the Wall Street banks, Google, or Walmart, which collectively have killed off small business, the backbone of the economy.
The Democratic leadership has not fought to reduce military spending, which is funding immoral wars abroad and bankrupting our government, while sucking up tax money that should go to social services and infrastructure.
They have done little to get us off fossil fuels and onto renewables, allowing for the acceleration of greenhouse gases and the destabilization of theclimate.
And they have completely failed to get money out of politics, leaving us stuck with a corrupt, pay-to-play system, for which Faso could be the poster boy.
You don’t want to be part of those failed strategies.
If you fudge on these issues, you’ll lose; if you face up
to them, you have a chance to win.
But there’s an even bigger challenge. There’s little doubt that the benefits of American imperialism since World War II have run their course. Globalization led by unrestrained corporate power is no longer a tide that lifts all boats. It only lifts the yachts.
We can no longer economically dominate Europe and Asia, nor can we afford our massive global military machine.
Those days are over.
If globalization has a future, and I hope it does, it has to be more inclusive economically. In the meantime, America must figure out its own identity in a new, multi-polar world.
Now is the time to put our own house in order, and rethink what we’re doing. We need a new definition of American Exceptionalism, one that rejects racism, bigotry and narcissism in the name of a common understanding of the deepest American principles: democratic accountability, Constitutional rule, economic justice, and the greatest possible liberty that’s consistent with mutual respect.
Then we can redefine our place in the world. The Republicans aren’t going to do that, but you might. It could be our last chance.

Adrian Kuzminski, retired Hartwick College philosophy professor and Sustainable Otsego moderator, lives in Fly Creek.

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Delgado In Oneonta For 4th of July Festivities

Delgado In Oneonta

For July 4th Festivities

Democratic congressional candidate Antonio Delgado meets with Carla Nordstrom, a democratic activist from Seeds of Change, during Oneonta’s Hometown 4th of July celebration in Neahwa Park this afternoon. With him are Mayor Gary Herzig and Police Chief Doug Brenner. The city was one of three stops on Delgado’s first day campaigning following his primary win on Tuesday, July 26. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special To www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – There are 163 towns in the 19th Congressional District, many of them with fireworks, parades and other events celebrating Independence Day.  And Antonio Delgado, the Democratic candidate for Congress, chose to spend his Fourth of July in Oneonta.

“Oneonta is a wonderful place,” he said. “I have a responsibility to touch every part of the district, to meet with people and listen to them.”

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Faso Visits Custom Electronics, Tours Oneonta Battery Facility

Faso Visits Custom Electronics,

Tours Oneonta Battery Facility

State Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, and Congressman John Faso, R-Kinderhook, toured the Custom Electronics battery plant in Oneonta this afternoon with CEO Michael Pentaris, third from left, who led the tour. Northeast Product Development Director Matt Sweeney, right, showcases an array of the company’s battery products. Both Faso and Seward were intrigued by the company’s manufacturing process, with Seward saying, “This is very exciting to come and learn more about your new endeavors.”  (Clara Marra/AllOTSEGO.com)
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 Faso Visits Oneonta Tuesday, To Tour Custom Electronics

 Faso Visits Oneonta Tuesday,

To Tour Custom Electronics

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ONEONTA – U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, will be visiting Custom Electronics at 1:30 tomorrow to tour the facility and discuss expansion plans with President/CEO Michael Pentaris, Otsego Now CEO Jody Zackrevsky, and Otsego County Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Ann Heegan.

With the Democratic primary June 26, Faso will be facing Rhinebeck lawyer Antonio Delgado in the Nov. 6 general election.

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Librarian Of Congress, Faso At Village Library

Librarian Of Congress,

Faso At Village Library

After Reading, Carla Hayden Visits Fenimore

Otsego County’s congressman, U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, top photo, joined Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, this morning in reading to local youngsters at the Village Library of Cooperstown.  Ms. Hayden, who was in the village to speak at the Hall of Fame’s annual Baseball Symposium, wanted to visit a local library while here.  She read “I Am A Duck” and “Spoon”; then Faso read “A Bear Sat on My Porch.”  Hayden, an Obama appointee, then continued on to the Fenimore Museum and its research library, left photo, where she viewed such artifacts as notes made in preparation for President Lincoln’s autopsy.  In left photo, Fenimore Director of Collections Christina Milliman and Baseball Hall of Fame Library Director Jim Gates accompanied her on the visit.

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Jeff Beals Promotes Progressive Agenda

Jeff Beals Promotes

Progressive Agenda

19th District Congressional candidate Jeff Beals, a former CIA agent and State Department staffer in the Middle East, this afternoon burnished his progressive credentials before 40 voters in Sunday forums in Cooperstown Village Hall for candidates running against U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook.  He embraced his endorsement by Bernie Sanders’ progressive, called for “Medicare for All,” and told the gathering when they here any of the seven Democrats being called “carpetbaggers,” they should respond that Faso is a “corporate-bagger,” given the sources of his funding.  Beals, currently a history teacher at a private school in Woodstock, said his family has associations with the Catskills and current 19th District going back two generations, and said he is one of only tw0 of the seven Democratic candidates vying in the June 26 primary who actually voted locally in 2016.  Listening to Beals are Bob Eklund, New Lisbon, left, and Ken Fogarty, Chenango County, right. Inset, one of Oneonta Assembly candidate Dan Buttermann’s daughter returns from handing moderator Richard Sternberg a written question from the audience.  Sternberg announced Erin Collier of Cooperstown, the latest Democrat in the race, will appear at a Sunday forum at 3 p.m. April 22. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Cooperstown Grad Runs In 19th Vs. ‘Those Boys’

Cooperstown Grad Runs

In 19th Vs. ‘Those Boys’

If She Beats 6 Democrat Men, She Faces Faso

Erin Collier announced today she is running for Congress in a video that declares, “I’m Not Gonna Let Those Boys Beat Me.”

COOPERSTOWN – Erin Collier, a Cooperstown Central graduate, nationally ranked tri-athlete, and daughter of a local beef farmer, announced today she is running for Congress in New York’s 19th District, where she will be the only woman against six Democrats.

“I’m not going to let those boys beat me,” she declares in a video posted on http://people.com/politics/erin-collier-running-new-york-district-19/

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Local Literacy Center Celebrates Milestone

Local Literacy Center

Marks 25th Anniversary

Bright Hill Press founder Bertha Rogers addresses a crowd gathered at the literacy center’s library to celebrate Bright Hill Center’s 25th anniversary and to hear readings from the press’s new anthology, “Like Light” (Parker Fish/ AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Bertha Rogers accepts a framed copy of U.S. Rep. John Faso’s remarks, which will be entered into the Congressional record.

TREADWELL – Celebrating 25 years of existence, the Bright Hill Press & Literary Center made several announcements about the current state and the future of the Treadwell-based literary center at a special event today.

Founder and Executive Director Bertha Rogers was on hand to debut Bright Hill Press’s newest anthology “Like Light,” published to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Bright Hill with poetry and prose from 220 poets and writers.

Rogers also announced the dedication of Bright Hill’s reading room in honor of her late husband, Ernest Fishman, who served as the literary center’s president until his death in 2016.

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In Oneonta, Faso Explains Vote On GOP Tax-Cut Bill

In Oneonta, Faso Explains

Vote On GOP Tax-Cut Bill

Congressman John Faso, R-19, is at Otsego Now’s headquarters at 189 Main St., Oneonta, at this hour, discussing his vote against the Republican tax-cut bill in Congress last week. Participating are, from left, NBT Bank Regional Executive Jamie Reynolds, Country Club Automotive proprietor Tom Armao and Jeff Haggerty of Haggerty Ace Hardware, Cooperstown. With her back to the camera is Julie Dostal, LEAF executive director.  Faso issued a statement after the vote saying, while he supports simplifying the tax code, removing the SALT deduction for state and local taxes, as well as the mortgage-interest deduction will be too much of a burden on his 19th District constituents. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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As Pledged, Faso Votes Nay On Republican Tax-Cut Bill

As Pledged, Faso Votes Nay

On Republican Tax-Cut Bill

Congressman
John Faso

As he signaled Wednesday afternoon that he would do, U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, today joined 12 Republicans and 192 Democrats – 205 in all – in voting against his party’s $1.5 trillion tax-cut bill.

Enough members of the Republican majority – 227 – voted aye to pass the bill.  The U.S. Senate is preparing its own version of tax reform, and the versions will have to be reconciled before becoming law.

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