NY-19: Teachout And Faso To Debate On Oct. 24

Democratic congressional hopeful Zephyr Teachout and Republican John Faso will debate on Time Warner Cable News in a forum on Oct. 24.

Teachout and Faso are vying for the 19th congressional district in the Hudson Valley, a seat that is being vacated by Republican Rep. Chris Gibson.

The hour-long debate will air on TWC News at 7 p.m. in the Hudson Valley, Albany and Binghamton on channel 200. It will re-air at 10 p.m.

The debate will take place at the Woodstock Playhouse and tickets will be available to the public.

A TWC News/Siena College poll taken last month showed Faso and Teachout in a virtual tie.

NY-19: Teachout Campaign Knocks Faso On Trump Support

The congressional campaign of Democrat Zephyr Teachout is wasting little time in blasting Republican John Faso over Donald Trump’s vulgar remarks in a 2005 video that surfaced Friday.

Teachout over the weekend blasted Faso for not dropping his support of the Republican candidate for president in the wake of the video, writing in a fundraising email her GOP opponent is trying to have it both ways.

“If my opponent John Faso flip flops now and condemns Trump — even after saying he’s not swayed by the latest audio — it’s far too late for anyone to believe him,” the email states.

It went further on Monday, with the Teachout campaign releasing a web video challenging Faso on the issue, painting him as having made conflicting statements on Trump’s candidacy.

The race for the 19th congressional district is a tightly contested one in the Hudson Valley, with a TWC News/Siena College poll last month showing Faso and Teachout in a dead heat.

NRCC Chairman: NY-19 ‘Is A Fight’

The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee in a Capital Tonight interview on Thursday acknowledged the race for the 19th congressional district in the Hudson Valley will be a competitive race given the open seat and the name recognition Democrat Zephyr Teachout garners.

Still, Rep. Greg Walden, an Oregon Republican, was confident former Assemblyman John Faso will ultimately prevail, pointing to the weight the endorsement of outgoing Rep. Chris Gibson brings to the table.

“Let’s face it: Zephyr Teachout is pretty slick. She’s Manhattan slick,” Walden said in the interview. “I don’t think it’s going to sell in the end. People know what they have in Chris Gibson, people can trust Chris Gibson and Chris Gibson supports John Faso.”

A Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll last month showed Teachout and Faso in a neck-and-neck race — with the former lawmaker leading the Fordham Law School professor by a percentage point.

The NRCC has committed $1.7 million in spending the district and related super PACs have been spending as well on TV ads.

“We know this is a fight,” Walden said. “Anytime you have an open seat that presents new challenges and I have great confidence in John and the work he’s doing.”

The Hudson Valley congressional district has been a battleground in the past, and Gibson’s retirement makes it a challenge for Republicans to hold in a presidential election year. Gibson faced a well-funded challenge from Democrat Sean Eldridge in 2014, but ultimately prevailed by a comfortable margin.

“We know it’s going to be a competitive race,” Walden said. “We thought it would be more competitive last time than it turned out to be, but we feel like we’re in a good place and have a path to victory.”

NRCC Triple Threat: Ads In NY-19, NY-22 and NY-24

The NRCC today unleashed a trio of ads in three hotly contested congressional districts – NY-19, NY-22, and NY-24 – slamming the Democratic (and in one case, independent) contenders in hopes of bolstering the chances of the GOP contenders as the general election draws closer.

The NY-22 and NY-24 spots are similar, in so much as they cast the non-Republican candidates (remember, there’s an independent – Martin Babinec – and a Democrat – Kim Myers – running in NY-22) as too close to Democrats both here in New York and down in D.C.

The NY-24 spot again uses a clip from Democrat Colleen Deacon’s Capital Tonight interview this past spring, when she couldn’t come up with any policy issue on which she might break from the current House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, even though the district is closely divided and voters there have demonstrated time and again that they prefer independent thinkers.

Yesterday, an exclusive TWC News/Siena poll found freshman Republican Rep. John Katko with a comfortable double-digit lead over Deacon.

The NY-22 spot is something of a twofer, accusing both Babinec and Myers as being too closely aligned – either politically or ideologically – with the Democrats.

The NY-19 ad takes a different approach, criticizing Democrat Zephyr Teachout for supporting the controversial Iran deal negotiated by the Obama administration, accusing her of being in “denial” over the potential national security threat that the country poses to the U.S.

According to a recent TWC News/Siena poll, Teachout and her Republican opponent, former Assemblyman John Faso, are running neck-and-neck for the seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Chris Gibson.

Here are the ads, which were released this morning and are all currently airing in their respective markets.

This comes as NRCC Chairman Greg Walden is due to make a stop in NY-22 tomorrow to support the Republican candidate there, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney. Walden would like to keep the seat, which is being vacated by Rep. Richard Hanna, a moderate Republican, in GOP hands.

TWC News/Siena College Poll: Dead Heat In NY-19

Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout are in a virtual tie in the race for the 19th congressional district in the Hudson Valley, a Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll found.

The poll released Tuesday night shows Faso, a former Assembly minority leader, drawing 43 percent of the vote, with Teachout receiving 42 percent of support.

The results are not wholly unexpected: The 19th congressional district is considered one of the key battleground House races in New York and already is drawing a heavy rotation in television advertising for both candidates.

But the poll results underscore the unsettled nature of the race an open congressional seat that’s being vacated by Rep. Chris Gibson, a Republican.

Both Faso and Teachout are known quantities in some regard.

Faso, a longtime state lawmaker turned lobbyist, ran for governor as the Republican nominee in 2006. The poll found 32 percent of voters hold a favorable view of him, while 30 percent do not. Teachout, who ran for the Democratic nomination for governor against incumbent Andrew Cuomo in 2014, has a 36 percent to 25 percent favorable rating.

But a large swath of voters — nearly 40 percent — have not heard enough about either candidate to form an opinion with six weeks to go before Election Day.

Though the race is considered a tossup, Republicans fare better in other races.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump leads Democrat Hillary Clinton in the district by 5 percentage points, 43 percent to 38 percent.

And while Sen. Chuck Schumer holds a comfortable lead over his little known Republican challenger Wendy Long, it is more narrow in the 19th district than in broader statewide polls.

At the same time, most voters in the district by a margin of 46 percent to 41 percent want Republicans to retain control of the House of Representatives this November.

So, why does Faso still struggle to overcome Teachout in the race?

The answer lies with independent voters: Faso and Teachout are tied with those not registered as Democrats or Republicans, 42 percent to 41 percent, the poll found.

At the same time, the poll shows these voters lean conservative. Among the independent voters polled, 66 percent support Second Amendment rights, 56 percent back repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, and on the role of the federal government, 53 percent believe it should less its burden on businesses.

The poll of 678 likely voters was conducted from Sept. 20 through Sept. 22. It has a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points.

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NY-19: Faso Rips Teachout For Tax Cap Opposition

Republican congressional candidate John Faso on Tuesday criticized his Democratic opponent for opposing the state’s tax cap on property.

The Faso campaign released a 3-second video featuring Teachout at an undated forum saying she opposes the cap.

The measure, signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2011, limits the amount of money local taxing entities — including schools, counties and other local governments — can raise each year through their levy. The cap has typically stood below 2 percent increases given the low rate of inflation.

“It’s easy to oppose a property tax cap when you’ve never had to pay property taxes,” Faso said in a statement, referring to a 2014 story in which Teachout acknowledged an error in her property taxes.

“Her radical vision and view that if property owners would just pay a little more, government could solve any number of problems is simply out of touch. High taxes are part of the problem. Professor Teachout is clueless about living in Upstate New York and the burden property taxes impose on homeowners and small businesses.”

Though popular with property owners who face the country’s highest property taxes in New York, the cap itself has been controversial for schools and local governments, who have pushed for changes to the law, such as eliminating the rate of inflation provision.

Teachout challenged Cuomo for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014.

Given the cap is a state law, however, it’s unlikely a member of Congress would have much practical power in overturning or changing the cap.

Teachout Ad No. 2 (She’s On A Boat!) UPDATED

Democratic NY-19 candidate Zephyr Teachout’s second TV ad of the general election campaign features the candidate riding in a boat on the Hudson River and accusing her Republican opponent, John Faso, of “selling out” to corporate interests and Wall Street billionaires who “wrecked out economy.”

Teachout obliquely mentions the need to clean up both politics and this still-polluted river, which is lined with communities struggling with the lack of jobs. She doesn’t mention anything specific – like, say, the push by the administration led by her 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary opponent, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, for the EPA to force GE to continue dredging, arguing that the years-long clean-up job didn’t actually leave the river clean enough.

No word from the Teachout campaign on when this goes on the air, for how long or the size of the buy. Here’s the full script:

“From the Hudson River, you can see a lot of what’s wrong with our country. I’m Zephyr Teachout. At one end is Albany, where politicians like my opponent sold out to corporate interests. At the other end are the Wall Street billionaires who wrecked our economy. ”

“My opponent worked for them too. In between are strong communities on a still-polluted river struggling with the lack of jobs. I’ve fought against corruption my entire career. Now I’m running for Congress and I approved this message because we need to clean up politics and this river.”

UPDATE: According to the campaign, this ad went on the air today, and will be running on cable. The buy is “large” across the district, according to Teachout spokeswoman Alexis Grenell.

Oliva Tars Maloney With Clinton Email Scandal

Republican NY-18 candidate Phil Oliva is jumping on the Hillary Clinton email scandal bandwagon, but with a twist – he’s trying to pull his Democratic opponent, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a former top aide to ex-President Bill Clinton, into the mess.

A TV ad being used by Oliva as a fundraising tool features footage of the congressman with the former First Lady-turned-presidential-contender – including him introducing her at an event as his “friend and personal hero” and proudly announcing that he was at one point a member of “Hillaryland.”

This is juxtaposed with news reports about the scandal that has been dogging Clinton about her use of a private email server in her Westchester County home while she was serving as secretary of state in the Obama administration, and video of Maloney insisting that Clinton is “very trustworthy” and has “high integrity.”

Maloney, who was first elected to represent the Hudson Valley district in 2012, defeating then-incumbent GOP Rep. Nan Hayworth, has long used his experience in the (Bill) Clinton White House as a selling point.

The former president and his wife, now running to replace him in the White House, have made appearances on Maloney’s behalf over the years to assist him with his congressional campaigns.

The tagline: “We know Sean Patrick Maloney idolizes Hillary, but we need a congressman willing to stand up for us: Phil Oliva.”

NY-18 is an evenly divided district that has changed hands between Republicans and Democrats several times over the past few election cycles. Maloney has gone to great lengths to demonstrate his ability to work across the aisle, and routinely touts his support from local Republicans, even though he has never shied away from being a Clinton loyalist.

The race is not considered among the more competitive House contests in New York, and NY-18 is listed as “solid Democratic” by The Cook Political Report. Nevertheless, Oliva, who works for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and is also a former aide to the Assembly minority, is giving this run his all.

Gibson Stars In Faso Ad

Retiring Rep. Chris Gibson has made a point during his tenure in the House to try to appeal to a wide range of constituents by adopting a pragmatic approach in D.C. – even when his won conference has leaned steadily to the right.

As a result, Gibson is popular in his closely divided district (NY-19). He won an easy re-election there two years ago against his Democratic opponent, political newcomer Sean Eldridge; and also in 2012 against former Ulster County Democratic Chairman Julian Schreibman, despite the fact that redistricting had skewed the district southward, making it more Democrat-dominated.

Gibson declined to take sides in the GOP primary battle for his seat, which he is vacating at the end of the year, but has since endorsed the winner of that fight, former Assembly Minority Leader John Faso.

Now Gibson, who is giving up politics altogether for a life in academic, is trying to transfer some of his popularity to his would-be successor, starring in a new TV ad on his behalf.

The ad was released today, and, according to an accompanying press release, highlights Faso’s “long-standing commitment to his community” – a dig at his Democratic opponent, Fordham Law Prof. Zephyr Teachout, who only recently moved into the district – and his “friendship” with the retiring congressman, who, as it turns out, lives right down the street from Gibson and his family.

Here’s the script for the ad, which will run on cable television and digital outlets throughout the district, as well as broadcast television in the Albany market. No immediate details on the size of the buy were provided.

Gibson: I’m retiring from Congress but I don’t have to go far to find the right person to keep representing us.

John Faso, he’s not only a friend… he’s my neighbor.

He and his wife Mary Frances raised their family in this house down the street from mine.

John pushed for the property tax cap and helped pass the STAR program.

He gets results for taxpayers.

Okay over to you John.

Faso: Thanks Chris. I’m John Faso, and I approve this message.

NY-19: Teachout Prefers ‘Professor’ Over ‘Lobbyist’

Democratic congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout on Monday released a web video that outlines her view of corruption in politics.

At the same time, Teachout used the video to respond to how Republican John Faso and her campaign refer to her as “professor” — a means of portraying her as an ivory tower academic.

“I’d rather be called Professor, than lobbyist,” Teachout says in the video, a reference to Faso’s post-government work as a lobbyist for an Albany-based law firm.

The video features Teachout knocking the “revolving door” of lobbyists and government officials, which she says has come at the expense of clean water, infrastructure and “working families.”