Joy running again to take on Tonko
Maury Thompson reports in The Post-Star that Liz Lemery Joy is once again running for the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Democrat Paul Tonko in the 20th Congressional District, which includes Albany County. Joy won the GOP nomination in 2020, and lost to Tonko in the general election in a district that then included the cities of Albany and Troy, and voted for Joe Biden by 20 points. The new district lines, however, move parts of Albany County into the 19th Congressional District, and Biden would have won this area by 17.3 points. “Right now, most Americans do not believe that there is a strong future,” Joy said. “We now have a climate in our country where more people are politically engaged than they were in 2020,” she said. Congressional off-year elections, however, never draw more voters than in presidential election years. Joy says what is different this year is more potential support from national Republicans in this local race. The National Republican Congressional Committee has designated the district as “top-targeted race” this year, Joy says. “That did not happen in 2020.” What did happen in 2020 is that Joe Biden was elected president, a fact that Joy won't exactly say. Joy said that if she had been in office on Jan. 6, 2020, she would have voted against certifying the election. “Joe Biden is the president — period,” Joy said. “But I do believe there was massive voter fraud in our 2020 elections. And we have to get it right before we have the 2022 election.” Joy said on Twitter she attended the rally Jan. 6 in Washington D.C. that preceded the coup attempt. Joy said she rode on a bus chartered to take people from the Capitol Region to the rally before the riot. Joy Tweeted that day that, "Hundreds of thousands of people attended today’s rally to stand for Election Integrity." So far, Joy, a 53-year-old who lives in Schenectady, is the only Republican running in the June primary election. Read more about this story in The Post-Star.