New York, New York -- US Senate candidate Chele Farley (R, C, Reform) today called on Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to step back from her national 2020 campaign for President and take at least one hour to publicly debate the issues affecting upstate New Yorkers.
“The sad fact is that Presidential wannabe Kirsten Gillibrand cares more about the voters of upstate New Hampshire than she does upstate New York,” said Farley. “Upstate New Yorkers have been abandoned by Senator Gillibrand. At the very least, they deserve another hour of her time in a debate specifically focused on their unique needs.”
Sunday, after backing out at the last minute on a statewide, hour long debate with Farley hosted by NY1 Spectrum News and Skidmore College, a debate that she arranged, Gillibrand agreed to a half-hour debate on ABC 7 Eyewitness News moderated by "Up Close" host Bill Ritter. To justify her cancellation, Gillibrand cited a 19 month-old, ongoing labor action with Charter Communications, the parent company of NY1 Spectrum. Yet, over that same period of time, union-supporting Democrats and Republicans, including Gillibrand, have regularly appeared on NY1 Spectrum stations, and continue to debate on the network.
“When Kirsten Gillibrand originally set up the debate, the labor action with Charter was already well underway and public. This is just an attempt to avoid answering tough questions about her lack of accomplishments and commitment to New Yorkers -- especially those living upstate,” said Farley.
Gillibrand has passed only one bill, a post office renaming measure, in the course of serving nearly 12 years in Washington. In just the last 12 months, she has endorsed a radical spending plan including a bill that would lead to government-run healthcare, a guaranteed federal job for every American and a bank in all 33,000 branches of the US Post Office. Her only plan to pay for this multi-trillion-dollar spending spree – government-run healthcare is estimated to cost $3.2 trillion per year, almost doubling the entire federal budget -- is to create a new tax on financial transactions that would disproportionally affect New York and further increase the amount of money New York sends to Washington with no return.
“While I deeply appreciate ABC 7 Eyewitness News for coming forward, the fact is this debate won’t be seen north of Dutchess County. It is simply unfair to upstate New Yorkers, and they deserve better,” said Farley.
Farley has committed to a debate hosted by LI News 12 on November 1 to which Gillibrand refuses to commit. This was after the station moved the event from October 18 because Gillibrand claimed her legislative calendar would prevent her from attending. It turned out the Senate had adjourned, and Gillibrand traveled to New Hampshire to advance her Presidential ambitions. Farley has committed to the debate and plans to be there. She has also accepted debate offers from three additional hosts: The League of Women Voters, WABC New York radio and WNBF Binghamton radio.
Concluded Farley, "Stop hiding, Senator Gillibrand. Upstate New Yorkers deserve to know your real agenda for the next six years and how high you intend to raise taxes to pay for your radical spending plan.”