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Faso not afraid of wave election

Jul 07, 2018 12:15 am
William J. Kemble reports in The Daily Freeman that Rep. John Faso doesn't think the election in November will be a wave in either direction. “A lot fewer people are talking about that anymore,” Faso said of Democrats picking up a large number of seats in Congress this fall. “I was sent here (to the House), in my mind, to try to get things done — and regardless of the political consequences, one way or the other.” In 2010, more Republicans turned out in Congressional elections after a Democrat, Barack Obama, was elected, and conventional political wisdom has been that 2018 will see a similar surge from Democrats. The website fivethirtyeight.com reports that on the generic Congressional ballot nationally, Americans support Democrats over Republicans by a 46.8 percent-to-35.5 percent margin. The Cook Political Report lists Faso's 19th Congressional District as a toss-up. New York Magazine also lists the election between Faso and Democrat Antonio Delgado as a toss-up, calling it one of the most competitive districts in the country. And there are indications local Democrats are fired up for the vote. More than twice as many Democrats turned out for the primary election June 26, compared to 2016 when Zephyr Teachout beat Will Yandik. Faso does admit that the president can make things difficult in this election. For instance, Donald Trump's policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border is very unpopular. And Faso has been on both sides of that issue, saying on June 20 that immigration agents were just following the law, but then, on the same day, applauding Trump’s decision to stop the separations. Faso says he has only been in the same room with Trump twice and has never spoken to him and, “my advice would be don’t tweet as much, and only tweet on policy matters.” Delgado declined to comment for the article. Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.