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Audio Feature: This week in News for Rep. John Faso 20180828

Aug 24, 2018 10:45 am
Here's the week in the news for Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook), the District 19 Congressperson for the WGXC listening area. The Fivethirtyeight.com website currently reports Faso votes with Donald Trump's positions 90.0 percent of the time, the same as last week, as the House of Representatives has not been in session. Click here to download or play an audio version of this report (6:24).

• This week one election forecaster moved the 19th Congressional District election between Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) and Rhinebeck-based Democrat Antonio Delgado from "Tilts Republican" to "Toss Up," and another gave Delgado a slightly better chance to win Nov. 6. Inside Elections updated 32 contests, mostly towards the Democrats, and now lists the Faso/Delgado election as a toss up. The Fivethirtyeight.com website released their U.S. House election forecast Aug. 17, and lists Delgado with a 51.6 percent chance of winning, and Faso with a 48.4 percent chance of winning another term. The fivethirtyeight.com prediction currently forecasts Delgado with 48.2 of the vote, and Faso with 47.9 percent.

MidHudsonNews [dot] com is reporting the New York State AFL-CIO has endorsed Antonio Delgado in his campaign to unseat Republican incumbent John Faso in the 19th Congressional District. The union did not endorse anyone in the 18th Congressional District race pending the outcome of the Democratic primary in September. Incumbent Sean Patrick Maloney is also running for state attorney general. The union endorsed Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul and incumbent U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for re-election. The Times Union is reporting the AFL-CIO is also backing Democrats in nearly every contested seat for the state Senate. Only 15 Republican senators were endorsed August 21, by the political arm of the state federation, which has 2.5 million members. The union backed 36 Democrats, including four running for open seats. However, the AFL-CIO did not endorse a candidate in the race to replace Republican Sen. Kathy Marchione between Democrat Aaron Gladd and Republican Daphne Jordan. Nor did the group endorse either candidate in the race between Amedore and Strong.

David Lombardo is reporting for Capitol Confidential the odds are decreasing that incumbent Republicans John Faso and Claudia Tenney will keep their congressional seats, according to an analysis by CQ Roll Call. The 19th and 22nd Congressional districts moved from “tilt” Republican to a “toss up” August 21, as Roll Call upgraded the Democrats' chances in 30 districts and improved the Republican outlook in two races. Faso is facing attorney Antonio Delgado and Tenney is being challenged by state Assemblymember Anthony Brindisi. “Their re-election chances shouldn’t be regarded as any better than a toss up at this point,” said Nathan L. Gonzales, an election analyst for Roll Call. FiveThirtyEight’s new forecasting model is also calling the Faso-Delgado race a toss-up. FiveThirtyEight estimates that both the Faso-Delgado and Tenney-Brindisi races will be decided by a handful of points. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential.

William J. Kemble reports in the Daily Freeman that while Michael Cohen, the president's former lawyer, accuses President Donald Trump of committing a crime, Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) does not believe he should be impeached. "It’s a serious issue, and I think it has to play out and we’ll see what unfolds,” Faso said by phone. “I’ve said from the get-go, the Mueller investigation should go to its natural conclusion.... Let the chips fall where they may. The only thing that we’ve not seen yet is a specific allegation in terms of any of these legal matters that have been pursued by Mueller of the issue of conspiracy or collusion with a foreign government by the Trump campaign. That may yet happen, but let’s wait and see what unfolds.” Cohen pleaded guilty to five counts of tax evasion and a single count of bank fraud, and said that he lied on a home-equity line of credit to obtain money to pay off Stormy Daniels — “in coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office” and that he did so “for the principal purpose of influencing the election.” Trump said he knew about the payment, and their is an audio recording of him discussing the payment with Cohen before the election. Trump's lawyer, Rudy Guiliani, has said that Trump campaign officials met with Russians to get political dirt on Hillary Clinton before the election. “I think what that speaks to is political stupidity because the first thing anyone in that campaign should have done should have been to report that overture [by the Russians] to the FBI and not have the meeting,” Faso said. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.

The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund is reporting the major party candidates in the 19th Congressional District race will face off in a forum focused on environmental issues, August 29. First term Congressman John Faso, a Republican from Kinderhook, and challenger Anthony Delgado, a Democrat from Rhinebeck, will participate in the event sponsored by the League, the Friends of the Upper Delaware River, the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed, and the Delaware Highlands Conservancy. The forum will focus on efforts at the federal, local, and state levels to protect the Delaware River Watershed. According to the League, the watershed provides drinking water to 15 million people and is responsible for 600,000 jobs and $22 billion in annual economic activity. The event will be held in the Western Hotel's Grand Ballroom in Callicoon, 6 p.m., Wed., Aug. 29.

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