Faso says sup­port of Trump not an en­dorse­ment

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

19th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict can­di­date John Faso on Satur­day said he still sup­ports Don­ald Trump as the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee for pres­i­dent but can’t prom­ise that will trans­late to a vote af­ter au­dio sur­faced of the former re­al­ity show host mak­ing a lewd de­scrip­tion of ef­forts to have sex with former Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood co-host Nancy O’Dell.

Faso ad­dressed the is­sue dur­ing a tele­phone in­ter­view, say­ing Trump’s 2005 con­ver­sa­tion with sev­eral peo­ple on a Hol­ly­wood Ac­cess bus con­tained lan­guage that was highly of­fen­sive.

“As a fa­ther and a hus­band I am ap­palled and re­ally sad­dened that this kind of dis­cus­sion comes into the national po­lit­i­cal dis­course and it’s just aw­ful,” he said. “These are the kind of things that if I had a nine-year-old daugh­ter today I’d be shield­ing that kind of news­pa­per story from her view.

“It’s the kind of thing that par­ents don’t want to have in front of their kids,”

Faso, who has an adult daugh­ter and son, stood by pre­vi­ous com­ments he would sup­port the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee but only be­cause they are on the same bal­lot line and he doesn’t con­sider “sup­port” as be­ing an en­dorse­ment.

“All it means is that we’re run­ning on the same ticket to­gether, the same party line,” he said.

“That’s about it, and if there are spe­cific pol­icy po­si­tions that es­pouses that I agree with I’ll sup­port those.

“And if Mrs. Clin­ton is elected and I’m hon­ored to be elected to Congress and there are spe­cific things that she comes forth with, pol­icy po­si­tions I think will help our coun­try I will sup­port those, too.”

Asked whether he would vote for Trump, Faso re­sponded: “I haven’t made that de­ci­sion.”

Faso has pre­vi­ously crit­i­cized Trump for com­ments about two Gold Star par­ents whose son died in Iraq and for a pro­posed ban on Muslims en­ter­ing the United States.

Ef­forts to reach Faso’s Demo­cratic op­po­nent Ze­phyr Tea­chout were un­suc­cess­ful early Satur­day, but cam­paign staff de­scribed Trump as “speak­ing in crude and vul­gar terms about women” in a re­lease Fri­day evening.

The re­lease in­cluded a quote at­trib­uted to Tea­chout crit­i­ciz­ing Faso for sup­port­ing Trump.

“John Faso has re­peat­edly af­firmed his sup­port for Don­ald Trump, de­spite Mr. Trump’s trou­bling pat­tern of de­grad­ing women,” Tea­chout said. “The re­cently re­leased record­ing of Don­ald Trump is deeply of­fen­sive.

“Even if John Faso dis­avows Mr. Trump’s com­ments, it’s too late. John Faso can’t be ex­pected to stand up for the needs of the women in this dis­trict if he can’t even stand up to Don­ald Trump.”

The can­di­dates are seek­ing to take the seat cur­rently held by U.S. Rep. Chris Gib­son, R-Kin­der­hook, who has not re­sponded to re­peated re­quests since Au­gust for com­ment on the pres­i­den­tial race. As of noon on Satur­day, he had not re­turned a phone mes­sage and an email sent late Fri­day seek­ing com­ment.

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