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Republicans running in Hudson Valley all back Donald Trump

Oct 27, 2016 12:05 am
While there is national chatter and some polling evidence that some Republicans will not back their party's presidential candidate Donald Trump, there is no sign of any local defections. Hudson Valley Republican candidates John Faso, George Amedore, Elise Stefanik, and other officials not up for election this year, are backing Donald Trump. The New York Times reports that John Faso, running for the 19th Congressional District against Democrat Zephyr Teachout, has simultaneously voiced disagreement with Trump, said he supports the Republican ticket, and refused to say if he will pull the lever for the Republican. “I’m not voting for Hillary Clinton,” he said. “As a husband and father I was simply outraged and appalled,” about Trump’s boasting about grabbing women’s genitals, which he called, “wholly inappropriate for someone running for public office.” At an Oct. 25 debate, Democrat Sara Niccoli repeatedly linked State Sen. George Amedore to Trump, saying Amedore has "demonstrated lock-step allegiance" to Trump's values. A September Siena College poll had the Republican leading Democrat Hillary Clinton among upstate voters, but a more recent Siena poll, taken after the videotape of Trump commenting about groping women was released, showed him behind among upstate voters. Former Gov. George Pataki, who ran against Trump in the Republican primary, may be the lone exception, writing on Twitter, "He needs to step down," after the Trump videotape was released. U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, from Kinderhook, has taken a different tack, not responding to repeated media requests since August for comment on the presidential race, according to The Daily Freeman.