Rep. Chris Gibson makes Roxbury campaign stop
By Joe Moskowitz
Congressman Chris Gibson was back in the area on Sunday. Gibson, who is in the midst of an expensive and closely watched campaign against political newcomer Sean Eldridge, attended a “Meet and Greet” rally at Roxbury’s Kirkside Park Sunday afternoon.
Roxbury Republican Committee Chairman Ed Dalski said it was a chance for people from the towns of Andes, Middletown, and Roxbury to introduce themselves and hear what the Congressman had to say. The event was well attended and included many of the party faithful.
Attending were Town Republican Chairmen and Andes Supervisor Marty Donnelly, Middletown Republican Chairman Chuck Freas, and Delaware County Treasurer Beverly Shields. Also attending were former Middletown Supervisor Lenny Utter, Fleischmanns Mayor Todd Pascarella and former Margaretville Mayor Bill Stanton.
Gibson, who represents New York’s 19th Congressional District, chatted mostly about the seemingly never-ending Hurricane Irene recovery efforts. He told a concerned Grand Gorge woman about his attempts to limit flood insurance premium increases.
On the move
He left Roxbury for another campaign stop in the 8,000-square-mile congressional district. As the incumbent in such a sprawling district, he acknowledged that he, as the incumbent, has a name recognition advantage. But he will not accept any responsibility for being a two-term member of a Congress with some of the lowest approval ratings in history. Gibson told the News, “I am one of the good ones.”
He cited a Washington Post article praising him for being one of the most independent Republicans in the House of Representatives. And also cited poll numbers showing that his message is reaching voters.
An August United Transportation Union survey shows him leading Eldridge by a whopping 26 points, and that is in a district with more registered Democrats than Republicans.
Just prior to leaving, he said there was something that he wanted to discuss with Roxbury Supervisor Tom Hynes and was hoping he would attend the Republican sponsored campaign event. When it was pointed out that Hynes is a Democrat, Gibson said, “That’s okay. I can work with anybody.”
Voters may get a chance to see how he wkorks in a debate. The candidates have agreed to a series of four forums. The first will be October 3 at the Poughkeepsie Journal. The second will be October 6 at Lake Katrine Middle School. The third debate will be held October 16 in the studios of WMHT in Schenectady, and the final forum will take place in the Time Warner Cable studios in Kingston October 23.