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Delgado turns over his vote in Congress to Colorado representative

May 23, 2022 2:11 pm

Mid-Hudson News reports that Rep. Antonio Delgado is now a representative in name only. At the beginning of May Governor Kathy Hochul picked him to be her new lieutenant governor, but he did not immediately resign the seat. And Delgado has not been voting in person in the Capitol since at least May 10, just over a week after Hochul tapped him for the new job. In a May 10 letter to the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, Delgado invoked a House of Representatives resolution that allows him to designate a proxy to vote in his absence. “I write to notify you of the designation of a proxy to cast my vote. I am unable to physically attend proceedings in the House Chamber due to the ongoing public health emergency,” Delgado wrote, adding “I hereby grant the authority to cast my vote by proxy to the Honorable Joe Neguse (CO), who has agreed to serve as my proxy.” Apparently Delgado is using COVID-19 as an excuse, although he has made no public announcement about contracting the virus recently. Rep. Neguse represents the Second Congressional District in the State of Colorado, and will now be casting votes for the 19th Congressional District in the Hudson Valley. Delgado’s office did not respond to requests from Mid-Hudson News seeking additional comments regarding the proxy votes. Delgado announced May 23 that he will resign on May 25, allowing a special election to fill his seat on the same day as the state's congressional and state Senate primaries, Aug. 23. Read more about this story at Mid-Hudson News.