Ben Zuegel 
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Re: “For Louise Slaughter's seat: Joe Morelle

This article is deeply flawed, because their endorsement rests on the faulty premise that the NY-25 has even a chance of being competitive. Louise Slaughter may have had a close scrape in 2014 (which by the way was a Republican wave year) but that means nothing. She won by at least 15 points in almost every other election, which is the same amount that Hillary won this district. There is no way that a Republican nobody will be competitive in a district like ours, even if he has a lot of money. Republicans are defending over 70 seats this year; they will not have the money or motivation to target ours. If anything, Morelle's time in Albany will make him a target for Republicans eager to portray Democrats as untrustworthy and corrupt.

Any qualified Democrat can win this seat. If that's true, then why should we vote for the "safe" candidate who epitomizes the corruption and lack of judgment of Albany? Louise Slaughter was effective not because she spent time in office before Congress and had experience; she was effective because she had convictions, put Rochester's interests ahead of her political career, and was a fighter. I'm deeply disappointed that a newspaper that I respect so much would use such a weak argument to justify the endorsement of a candidate like Joe Morelle. Rochesterians deserve better.

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Posted by Ben Zuegel on 06/12/2018 at 8:55 PM

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