“There are no second acts in American lives” has been attributed – some say misattributed – to F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Antonio Delgado – as he recounts in his splendid commencement address last weekend at his alma mater, Colgate University – is a contradiction in point.
His experience as hip-hop artist AD, The Voice, which he assesses here for the first time we’ve seen, very well could have ruled him out as a prospective Congressional candidate, particularly – as he puts it – in the 19th Congressional District, which is 90 percent white.
Still, his first-rate credentials – they include a mother’s love, which he touchingly revisited in his speech – plus Colgate, Oxford and Harvard degrees. And his experience – as a litigator, not a lobbyist, he’ll tell you – with a top-flight law firm, certainly qualified him as a successor to the consensus-building Chris Gibson of Kinderhook and – projecting ahead – to the canny and effective Sherwood Boehlert of Greater Utica.
That Delgado is black was, in itself, never disqualifying in the 19th District – certainly, not in Otsego County, which – split a third, a third and a third Republican, Democrat and independent – voted twice for Barack Obama, with folks generally, if not unanimously, thrilled to do so.
Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado’s commencement address Sunday, May 19, at Colgate University, his alma mater. Click here to read related editorial.
I want to start with a story about my mother, who has often told me that she loves me with every fiber of her being, and there is absolutely nothing that I can do about it.
She had me when she was 21 years old; and did so against the wishes of her doctors. They advised that her heart was not strong enough to survive the pregnancy. Mom disagreed.
Now, she did not disagree because she somehow forgot about that fateful Easter Sunday when, at the tender age of 9, she was rushed to the hospital with a severe case of the rheumatic fever – so severe that she was read her last rites.
HAMILTON – Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, will give the commencement address at his alma mater, Colgate University, this Sunday, May 19, the college announced today.
A 1999 graduate of the college, Delgado majored in philosophy and political science, graduating magna cum laude and earning Phi Beta Kappa membership.
He attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, receiving a second degree in the school’s Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program, then returned to the United States to earn his JD from Harvard Law School in 2005.
With the Mueller Report made public today, Congressman Antonio Delgado, R-19, issued a measured response this evening:
“Now that the Special Counsel’s redacted report has been released, I will review it in full in order to understand any threats to the integrity of our democracy, especially our electoral process. As our intelligence community has made clear, Russia directly interfered in the 2016 election.
“All branches of government must work together to uphold the rule of law, protect our democracy against interference from adversaries and restore public trust in our elections.”
Otsego County’s congressman, Antonio Delgado, D-19, this evening called for release of Special Counsel Robert Muller’s full report.
“The American public has called for the release of the full Mueller report,” he said in a statement released a few moments ago. “And Congress unanimously voted for its release. “To date, we have a four-page summary. Before rushing to comment, I believe it is important for the full report to be released,” he said.
U.S. Attorney William Barr this afternoon released a letter to Congress outlining the Muller report’s findings, saying the two-year investigation found no evidence President Donald Trump “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the the 2016 election.
U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, said President Trump’s proposed budget, sent to Congress today, “continues to throw tax breaks at the wealthy few at the expense of communities here at home in Upstate New York.”
In a statement from Washington D.C., the freshman Congressman said the Trump budget “puts forth billions for a wall that Congress squarely rejected, and increases military spending beyond what the Pentagon asked for while calling for drastic cuts in the programs that actually help folks here.
COOPERSTOWN – Small farms, rural broadband, the National Debt and the Muller Investigation – Congressman Antonio Delgado was there to answer it all.
“I take pride in representing this district,” he said. “There aren’t a lot of truly diverse districts like ours in D.C., so their representatives aren’t motivated to find common ground. My hope is that we can all come together and be civil.”
Delgado hosted a “Town Hall” for 400 participants in the Village Hall’s ballroom 22 Main Street this afternoon, his first in Cooperstown since he defeated Republican John Faso Nov. 6.
At this hour, freshman Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19th, is speaking in Cooperstown’s Village Hall’s ballroom to packed house of perhaps as many as 400 people in his first “town meeting” in Otsego County since his Nov. 6 election. In opening remarks, he expressed satisfaction that the 19th is one of the few “diverse” districts in the nation, split among Democrats, Republicans and independents. Compared to districts that are more monolithic in their voters’ points of view, this requires him to seek compromise, which he said is his natural inclination anyhow. The “Town Meeting” is scheduled to continue until at least 1:30. Inset, Rita and Leo Tetenes, lower left, of Worcester, were among attendees from around the county, and there were even some Republicans, including county board Chair David Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Town of Middlefield, and newly elected Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, who said he received an invitation to the event. The congressman will be in Oneonta 2-4 p.m. Wednesday to open his county office on the fifth floor of 189 Main. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19th, will host his first in-county “Town Hall” meeting 12:30-1:30 Monday, Feb. 18 – President’s Day – in the ballroom at Village Hall, 22 Main St.
This is Delgado’s first event in Otsego County since a thank-you reception he hosted in Oneonta after the Nov. 6 election.
Last week, there was a “soft opening” of Delgado’s Otsego County office in Otsego Now’s headquarters on the fifth floor of 189 Main St., Oneonta. An official opening is planned when the congressman can be there.
Editor’s Note: Paula DiPerna of Cooperstown, a special adviser with CDP-North America (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project), which tracks companies’ environmental performance, testified Wednesday, Feb. 6, before the House Committee on Natural Resources. Here is an excerpt, discussing opportunities for business among Climate Change’s challenges.
The withdrawal (from the Paris Agreement) has left the U.S. as the
only nation on earth to stand outside the circle of consensus that Climate Change must be addressed, not only because of the risks it poses, but the extraordinary
opportunities that addressing it represents as we redesign, retool, rebuild and refit almost all our critical infrastructure, generating jobs and helping the U.S. regain dominance of 21st century technological innovation and manufacturing.
For example, in Maryland,
He’s barely taken his seat, but U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19th, is already in the crosshairs of the National Republican Congressional Committee, which today announced its “initial targets” for 2020.
These 55 seats are currently held by vulnerable Democrats and represent prime pickup opportunities for Republicans, the NRCC said.
“Freedom or socialism – that’s the choice in 2020,” said NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer.
WASHINGTON – At today’s Small Business Committee hearing on under-served businesses, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19th, said rural broadband needs to be expanded so businesses can prosper in Upstate New York.
“In parts of my district, I drive by large signs that read, ‘broadband coming soon.’ It’s a sight that is hard to imagine in New York, in the USA, in the 21st Century,” Delgado stated.