Clinton To Rally For Maffei, Hochul And Slaughter
Former President Clinton is taking some time off from his role of surrogate-in-chief for President Obama for a quick visit Friday to Central and Western New York to boost the campaigns of three Democratic congressional candidates.
Clinton will stop first at Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport, where he will host a rally for former Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei, who is trying to win back his seat from the Republican who took it from him in 2010, Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle.
Clinton headlined a similar rally for Maffei at the tail end of the 2010 campaign. But his presence wasn’t enough to push Maffei over the finish line to victory; he lost a tight race to Buerkle.
The fight for NY-24 is now viewed as one of the most competitive congressional contests in the country. Some $6.2 million has already been spent on this race, with three weeks still remaining in the election.
After his Maffei rally, which starts at 1:30 p.m., Clinton will head to the Rochester Riverside Convention Center where he will do a two-for-one event for Reps. Kathy Hochul and Louise Slaughter, both of whom are fighting for their political lives this fall.
Hochul is in a tight race with her Republican opponent, former Erie County Executive Chris Collins, in NY-27, which was redrawn during redistricting to become New York’s most GOP-dominated district.
Slaughter is fighting Republican Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks in the re-drawn NY-25, which is no longer the so-called “earmuff” district and is now located entirely within the confines of Monroe County – a boost for Brooks.
A Siena poll released over the weekend showed Brooks has halved Slaughter’s 10-point lead over the past three weeks.
Slaughter released the following statement about Clinton’s impending visit:
“I’m excited to welcome my friend President Clinton to Rochester and Monroe County. His visit will remind voters that the way to economic prosperity and a balanced budget is through lifting up the middle class and providing opportunity to all, not handing out massive tax breaks for those at the top and hoping it works out for the rest of us. That’s the choice in this election, and I’m certain that President Clinton will make that choice very clear on Friday.”
Hochul also confirmed the Clinton rally and released this statement:
“It is a tremendous privilege to welcome President Clinton to Monroe County. President Clinton represents the very best of bi-partisan leadership, and his record demonstrates the positive progress we can make when Democrats and Republicans work together to grow our economy, strengthen the middle class, and balance the budget.”
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