Local Congressional representatives, candidates react to Russian invasion of Ukraine
Local Congressional representatives, and their opponents who want to replace them in elections later this year, weighed in on Twitter on Russia's invasion of Ukraine this week. On Feb. 22, Rep. Antonio Delgado, a Democrat who represents New York's 19th Congressional District, Tweeted, "Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine constitutes a grave violation of international law and is an affront to Ukraine’s sovereignty. Together, our nation, NATO allies, and EU partners must hold Putin accountable.." Marc Molinaro, the Republican who wants to unseat Delgado, took the war as a chance to criticize the Congressperson. On Feb. 22 he Tweeted, "We have learned throughout history that silent appeasement from politicians like Antonio Delgado only leads to greater conflicts. We can do better. We must demand better from the Biden-Delgado administration." On Feb. 24 Paul Tonko, a Democrat representing the 20th Congressional District, Tweeted, "I strongly condemn Vladimir Putin's unprovoked attack of Ukraine, which is in clear violation of international law. As President Biden has stated, we must quickly implement a powerful response to target Putin and his cronies with serious, aggressive sanctions, and continue coordinating with our allies to fullest extent to uphold gobal peace." On the same day Liz Joy, the Republican hoping to replace Tonko in Washington D.C., called Putin's invasion "alarming and destructive." She made a rare break from former President Donald Trump by criticizing Putin and Russia, Tweeting, "These actions by Russia are making the world more volatile and must be stopped."