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Long campaign for a big district

Publisher's Notebook

August 16, 2013

In April, Martha Robertson kicked off her Congressional campaign for the 23rd district. While many of her Democratic supporters cheered, some were left wondering, why now? Current U.S. Rep....

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Publius

Aug-18-13 11:08 AM

The idea that the 23rd Congressional district is a "swing district" or that Reed won "narrowly" is a myth spread by Robertson and sometimes swallowed hook, line, and sinker. The 23rd is about an R+4 district, which means over the entire 11 counties enrolled Republicans outnumber enrolled Democrats by 4%, notwithstanding Ithaca and Tompkins County, Robertson's home base. Most political analysts consider that a "safe" or "near safe" district for an incumbent such as Reed. Reed's last opponent did not dent that margin. Robertson's early announcement reflects that she needs money and hopes by selling the idea she is superior to the last Democrat candidate, she can raise it by making people think the district is a "swing" one.

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commentor

Aug-16-13 10:35 AM

I don't think Reed has done anything for our area not does he care about us. I also think Robertson is just another bag of air saying what she thinks everyone wants to hear. So far she screwed up on bio mass at NRG and I think she is very very wrong about Obama Care. We have yet to see the disaster this will cause.

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joew

Aug-16-13 8:18 AM

"what hath God wrought"!(sorry Marcia)Judeye,Dcroaker,Robot,et al did you read this by the publisher of the evil Observer? What about that fair and balanced commentary Judeye or you too busy organizing another bus trip to the campaign swing by your beloved messiah?

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Steiner

Aug-16-13 7:24 AM

Mr editor, dumbacratitis has various degrees to it. reed had a severe form , import power, hydro from Canada and save the planet. Robertson has it too with the bio mass option. She forgets we cannot grow enough carbon mass to meet our energy needs. The looney liberals have corrupted all thinking now. Student loan interest rates too high she says ? She misses that higher education is a looney bin of liberals. Noone questions how the cost of that has risen much faster than inflation. For good reason, the liberal hold on education will be exposed. Obamacare act needed ? hmmm, the employer mandate delayed, costs a risin and the repubs still must bow to the libs.Congress needs to pass more legislation! Wow, Congress creates jobs ? How ? I love liberal gals and their big man solutions, the govt. So liberated gals, we need more of people like robertson. Show us what a liberated gal can do ! goof it up after the likes of carrie nation ,Maggie sanger ,etc. Make steiner warm and fuzzy inside

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