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National Republicans add Tonko to their target list

May 04, 2021 2:28 pm

Emilie Munson reports in the Times Union that on May 4 the National Republican Campaign Committee added Rep. Paul Tonko to its list of Democratic Congressional representatives it is targeting to flip in the 2022 elections. Tonko, who represents Albany County and other Capital Region areas, was first elected to the 20th Congressional District in 2009. Republican Liz Joy, who lost to Tonko in 2020, has already announced she will attempt to unseat him again in 2022. Joy attended the protest at the Capitol in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6, but says she stayed "like three football fields away" from the riotous attempted coup. “I think what happened yesterday at the Capitol has taken away from the hopes of people who came out (to Washington) to express their honest concerns about election integrity,” Joy said in January. “Those were extremists. Ninety-nine percent of the hundreds of thousands there were there out of true concern for election integrity.” There were not nearly "hundreds of thousands" of people at the protest or the riot Jan. 6, as Joy claims. Besides Tonko, the National Republican Campaign Committee already announced it is targeting Hudson Valley Reps. Antonio Delgado and Sean Maloney in 2022. Redistricting will change the make up of all those districts, so until the new boundaries are announced it will be difficult to gauge if Republicans can take back any of the Hudson Valley districts. Read more about this story in the Times Union.