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Operation Counterweight Upstate NY Week – Chris Gibson (NY-19)

Operation Counterweight Upstate NY Week – Chris Gibson (NY-19)

Each day this week we will focus on one of the Upstate New York races included in Operation Counterweight.  As mentioned before, Upstate NY is critical to holding the House, as several seats were gained by Republicans in an otherwise blue state in 2010.  There also are good chances to flip one or two seats away from vulnerable Democrats.

We hope you will make a donation to each of the campaigns this week, as even small amounts of money help the campaigns in these mostly rural districts.

As before, these analyses were prepared by a Cornell student who wishes to remain anonynous.


With less than 60 days to election day, the Upstate New York Congressional races included in Operation Counterweight have started to heat up.

As described in last month’s update of Operation Counterweight, Freshman Congressman and Retired U.S. Army Colonel Chris Gibson faces Democratic challenger Julian Schreibman, a lawyer from Stone Ridge, NY.  The District, NY-19, is a mostly rural district.

In mid-August, Schreibman’s own internal polling showed him down by 10% to Gibson, although Gibson faces clear challenges in a newly drawn district with slightly more favorability for Democrats. From the polling, Gibson does appear to be the favorite and the new parts of the district may ultimately favor Gibson.

As it has done across the country, the DCCC recently began running Mediscare commercials against Gibson that target his votes for the Ryan Budget. Joining the DCCC is the Democratic Super-PAC, House Majority PAC, which is purchasing its own multi-million dollar “Mediscare” ad buys against Gibson. The DCCC and House Majority PAC are likely wary of Gibson’s success appealing to retired and rural voters, who comprise the district’s crucial demographics.

Here is an interesting article discussing the candidates’ divisions over Education policy, although even Schreibman has expressed dissatisfaction with federal policy under No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top.

Check out Chris Gibson’s campaign website.

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Any plans to do a profile on NY-6? I know it’s not upstate, but Dan Halloran has a good chance to take the seat in Queens, but he’s going to need exposure.

Done. I will make a contribution of California dollars to each of the candidates that you highlight this week.
Thanks for this operation and for the loyal-to-our-country work by the anonymous Cornell student.

What happened to Nan Hayworth? I hope we haven’t lost her. She was a wonderful candidate with a true understanding and appreciation of America for which she was unapologetic. Her voting record appeared good. In 2010 we used to joke about paying to relocate her a few miles into the adjacent, now gone, district 22 (made your eyes cross to look at a map of the thing) to run against Maurice Hinchey, New York State’s answer to Maxine Waters.

    William A. Jacobson in reply to Owego. | September 10, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    She was on the Honorable Mention list. She is in a good position financially and, if I recall correctly, in the polls. I had to draw the line at 10 House races to try to stay focused, but she just as easily could have been on the list.