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Mitrano calls on Reed to resign as chair of Trump’s New York campaign

PENN YANN—Declaring that Tom Reed (R-NY23) is “out of ideas or out of steam,” Democrat Tracy Mitrano called on the five-term congressman to resign his position as honorary chair of the Trump re-election campaign in New York.

“In light of this failed presidency, his inability to help this country in the pandemic, and the failed economy that resulted, I call on Tom Reed to resign” from Trump’s New York campaign, Mitrano said, during her weekly press call. “If he really wants to support the Postal Service, he should resign from the campaign. If he really wants to distance himself from the president—no longer mentioning him, no longer imploring people to follow the president's leadership—he should resign from the campaign. If he believes in democracy, and one man, one vote, he should resign from Trump’s campaign.”

But, she added, “I would not bet on it,” saying both Trump and Reed are in office to get something for themselves, not to serve their constituents.

As an example of Reed’s failure to deliver, Mitrano cited the fact that most of the district still doesn’t have broadband Internet service.

“After COVID, everyone knows how important it is to educate our children, to keep people at work,” she said. “It has long been a need for farmers, and is part of the reason why small and medium farms have gone under in such large numbers.”

Lack of high-speed Internet has also kept Reed from realizing his often-stated wish to bring new employers into the district, said Mitrano. “It's what you have to have ready in order to attract the businesses that we're looking for, for good jobs, good living wages. Tom Reed has had 10 years to do it. It appears he is out of steam, out of ideas, or both, as to how you accomplish something so basic, that is part and parcel of 21st century life, part of the national economy.”

Mitrano also accused Reed of paying lip service to district farms, choosing successful ones for his photo ops but otherwise neglecting them. “I have now talked to many farmers, and even representatives of the Farm Bureau,” she said. “They are tired of his failure to address the people within the district who have suffered greatly as a result of his inability to bring them even simple programs,” such as the surplus cheese the federal government gave away in the 1980s to boost milk prices. “That kills two birds with one stone: You can feed hungry people and give farmers revenue for their milk.”

People are fed up with the scandals, like the “efficiency” and “cost-cutting” measures that would hinder voting by mail and also delayed delivery of medicine and other critical mail, Mitrano said. They’re tired of the constant, unaddressed conflicts of interest, such as appointing Louis DeJoy to Postmaster General despite his substantial investments in competitors like UPS.

“At every level, basic conflicts of interest right on up to the fact that we have the president and a congressman in this district turning their backs on the elderly and veterans, is enough for everyone to stand up and say, ‘Enough is enough,’” said Mitrano. “‘You lack courage you lack vision, you're out of ideas, you're out of energy. Stand aside and let some other people get in there to help us out.’”

To request an MP3 recording of today’s call, email Claudia Wheatley at [email protected]

Tracy Mitrano’s press call is held every Thursday at 11am. Call 607-246-3267, or join online at www.uberconference.com/mitrano2020.

Claudia Wheatley
[email protected]

Posted on August 20, 2020 in Press Releases.

Meet Tracy Mitrano

Tracy Mitrano is a cybersecurity expert, teacher, and mother. She was born and raised in Western New York and has lived in the Southern Tier and the Finger Lakes throughout her adult life.

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