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Faso gets unfriendly reception at Woodstock debate

Oct 24, 2018 12:45 pm
William J. Kemble is reporting for the Daily Freeman Republican U.S. Rep. John Faso received a rocky reception at the debate with challenger Democrat Antonio Delgado held in Woodstock, October 23. Faso was booed by the crowd of nearly 300 people at the Woodstock Playhouse when he brought up the subject of Delgado’s residency. Delgado lives in Rhinebeck and has said he is familiar with the district having grown up in Schenectady and becoming part of his wife’s family, which has resided in both Woodstock and Saugerties. In addition to being booed over his comments about Delgado's residency, Faso was laughed at by many in the audience when he said Democratic discussions about health care were part of a political conspiracy. The question of Faso’s attack ads about Delgado’s decade-old rap album was raised. After denying the ads were authorized by his campaign, Faso closed by saying Delgado was “supported by kind of a mob mentality,” which drew groans from the audience. The candidates strongly differed on what is being done by the current Congress and President Donald Trump in dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace, and the immigration issue, specifically, the news-making caravan of migrants from Central America now in Mexico. The Spectrum-hosted event did not include either Green Party candidate Steve Greenfield or independent candidate Diane Neal. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.