Faso and Tea­chout will de­bate in Kingston

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Pa­tri­cia Doxsey pdoxsey@free­manon­line.com pat­ti­at­free­man on Twitter

KINGSTON >> The two can­di­dates in one of the mostly hotly con­tested con­gres­sional election in the state will face off in an Oct. 27 de­bate at Con­gre­ga­tion Emanuel on Al­bany Av­enue.

Repub­li­can John Faso and Demo­crat Ze­phyr Tea­chout are em­broiled in a heated race for the 19th Con­gres­sional District seat that’s be­ing va­cated by Repub­li­can Rep. Chris Gib­son. Faso has painted Tea­chout as a car­pet­bag­ger and a rad­i­cal pro­fes­sor be­holden to New York City, and Tea­chout has char­ac­ter­ized Faso as a politi­cian-turned-lob­by­ist con­trolled by big-money donors.

The de­bate at the syn­a­gogue, 243 Al­bany Ave., is to start at 7 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is free.

The de­bate will be the se­cond time this month that the two have squared off against one another

in Ul­ster County, and it will be their third de­bate in the re­gion.

In each of the two pre­vi­ous de­bates and through­out his cam­paign, Faso has at­tacked Tea­chout for mov­ing into the district from Brook­lyn last year, two months af­ter Gib­son an­nounced he would not run for a fourth two-year term in the House. Tea­chout and her hus­band live in Dutchess County.

In a de­bate at an Ul­ster County Re­gional Cham­ber of Com­merce break­fast ear­lier this month, Faso said New York City al­ready has 13 mem­bers on Congress. “They don’t need a 14th,” the Columbia County res­i­dent said, elic­it­ing mur­murs of dis­plea­sure, boos and com­ments of “low blow” from some mem­bers of the au­di­ence.

Tea­chout, mean­while, has de­nounced Faso, a for­mer mi­nor­ity leader of the state Assem­bly, as a ca­reer politi­cian and su­per PAC

ben­e­fi­ciary who is more be­holden to big money than to av­er­age ci­ti­zens.

They have taken op­pos­ing po­si­tions on a num­ber of is­sues, in­clud­ing how best to jump start the econ­omy, trade agree­ments and work­ing across the aisle to break the grid­lock that has stymied Congress.

Tea­chout has called for the re­peal of the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment and op­poses the Tran­sPa­cific Part­ner­ship, while Faso has said he sup­ports trade agree­ments in or­der for the na­tion to com­pete in a global econ­omy. He said he would work in­stead to re­duce tar­iffs and taxes that busi­nesses have to pay when they bring prof­its back into the coun­try as a way to bring jobs back into the coun­try.

Tea­chout also has called for more bank­ing reg­u­la­tions, a po­si­tion Faso op­poses, and has come out against the large-ves­sel an­chor­ing pro­posal for the Hud­son River, a pro­posal Faso has re­mained silent on.

Faso has crit­i­cized New

York state’s pro­posed $15 min­i­mum wage and has placed the blame for gov­ern­ment cor­rup­tion on its in­ter­ven­tion into busi­ness, say­ing the cur­rent sys­tem that pro­vides tax breaks to cer­tain busi­nesses “or­dains what type of eco­nomic devel­op­ment should take place.”

Faso said over the week­end that he was “ap­palled” by a 2005 record­ing of Don­ald Trump, made pub­lic Fri­day, in which the GOP pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee spoke in vul­gar terms about women and sug­gested he could kiss them and grab their gen­i­tal ar­eas with­out con­sent be­cause of his fame. But Faso said he still sup­ports Trump as the nom­i­nee be­cause they are on the same bal­lot line. He also said 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, adding he hasn’t de­cided whether he will vote for Trump.

In a pre­pared state­ment Tea­chout said Faso has “re­peat­edly

af­firmed his sup­port for Don­ald Trump de­spite Mr. Trump’s trou­bling pat­tern of de­grad­ing women.”

“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,” she said.

The con­gres­sional can­di­dates also will de­bate from 8 to 9 p.m. Thurs­day on WMHT-TV, and another face­off be­tween the two will air at 7 and 10 p.m. Oct. 24 on Time Warner Ca­ble News.

Faso was the GOP can­di­date for New York gov­er­nor in 2006, los­ing to Demo­crat Eliot Spitzer. Tea­chout ran in a Demo­cratic gu­ber­na­to­rial pri­mary against in­cum­bent Demo­crat Andrew Cuomo in 2014, los­ing by a wide mar­gin but car­ry­ing ev­ery county in the con­gres­sional district she now seeks to rep­re­sent.

The 19th District com­prises all of Ul­ster, Greene and Columbia coun­ties, most of Dutchess County and some or all of seven other coun­ties.


John Faso, left, and Ze­phyr Tea­chout

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