Mar 31, 2010
After Weeks of Pandering to Republican Party Bosses, Chris Gibson Launches Candidacy in the Wrong Di
After weeks of behind the scenes pandering to Republican Party bosses across the district, this afternoon Republican Chris Gibson (NY-20) finally officially launched his campaign. He did so from the wrong district.
Being out of touch and in the wrong district is nothing new for Republican candidates in New York’s 20th Congressional district, however. In fact, the party bosses who Gibson spent weeks cozying up to are the same Republicans responsible for the mess that was career Albany politician Jim Tedisco’s candidacy just a year ago. Tedisco not only proved to be grossly out of touch with Upstaters over the course of his campaign but didn’t even reside in the district he was seeking to represent.
“It’s almost as if Chris Gibson and his Republican Party bosses are going out of their way to prove that they’re out of touch and clueless when it comes to Upstate New York,” said Shripal Shah, Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “The Tedisco-esque nature of Gibson’s candidacy may work for pandering purposes, but it also symbolizes exactly what voters rejected last year.”
“If an out of touch agenda is all Chris Gibson has to offer Upstate New York, he should expect to get the same treatment as the last guy who ran on the same platform.”
Gibson officially launched his campaign this afternoon at an event at the Desmond Hotel, a venue located in the 21st Congressional District, not the 20th where Gibson is running. [Albany Times Union, 3/29/10]