To the Editor;
I have been involved in the Democratic CD-19 congressional primary race since January 2017. I have interviewed all 10 candidates (three subsequently dropped out) and have hosted and sponsored individual town halls for all of the remaining seven.
I produced and hosted the debate in Cooperstown on June 12. I can safely say that I know the candidates in aggregate as well as anyone in CD-19. It’s time for me to pick one to vote for.
Most of the candidates are good, honest people who would support a centrist or liberal position far different from that of the current administration. I think five of them have the necessary skills and could garner the support to beat John Faso.
I have decided to vote for Brian Flynn.
Flynn has campaigned here in Otsego County far more than has any other candidate. He has been a regular visitor for over 15 months. I understand he has had as many or even more appearances in other parts of the district. From where I sit he has shown the most knowledge and interest in every part of CD-19. He listens and takes notes as much as he speaks. If he doesn’t have a complete answer for a question, he researches it, develops a thoughtful response, and gets back to the questioner.
Flynn’s knowledge and ability to quickly and smoothly express his response are great strengths in dealing with John Faso and his proxies either in direct debate or in other situations. Overall, he has been the most prepared and the most comfortable when being questioned in a debate, a forum, or an interview.
Flynn’s intimate knowledge of my home county and its issues speaks to my desire to have a congressman who knows us – not just the “Hudson River Valley” area.
I have listened to the concerns of people about Flynn’s perceived liabilities. I have also heard concerns about all the others. I am satisfied with the responses I have received from Flynn and with what I have learned on my own. Flynn’s positives very greatly outweigh any negatives.
In my opinion, no other candidate will be a better congressman for this district and my region than Brian Flynn. I have heard the same sentiment from activists throughout CD-19. I will actively support almost anyone who wins the primary, but at I am convinced that Brian Flynn has the best chance to win the election.
RICHARD J. STERNBERG, M.D.
Cooperstown Village Trustee