Faso, Delgado positions on meetings
Jul 31, 2018 11:28 am
WGXC is comparing candidates in the countdown to the New York's 19th Congressional District election in November between incumbent Republican John Faso and Democrat Antonio Delgago, and both candidates are not fully transparent with public meetings. Faso has yet to host a traditional town hall meeting, taking questions from constituents in person. He has held two similar events, with restricted rules on how many and who can attend, and the format of the town hall. Faso has held several telephone conference calls answering questions from constituents. Delgado says he has signed the "#TownHallPledge" to hold at least four town hall meetings per year, and currently holds public events that are similar to traditional town hall meetings. Neither candidate list their future public events on their public web pages. Faso used to update a "Public Schedule" on his website, but not usually until moments before any public events were beginning. Now, he is silent on most future appearances, but occasionally posts photos of public appearances after the fact. Delgado posts future events on a social media website, Facebook, that requires a subscription, and is accused of, at best, letting trolls, foreign agents, and bots interfere with the political discourse before the 2016 election.