Marc Molinaro announces his candidacy for Congress, candidate for the 19th


During much of the pandemic, Marc Molinaro openly criticized former Governor Andrew Cuomo, calling for more local power and reforms in the state capital.

On Tuesday, he shifted his target to the nation’s capital, both as the subject of his critics and as his next career goal.

“Washington must have learned a lesson from Albany,” he said. “And Antonio Delgado must have learned a lesson from Andrew Cuomo.”

From a farm in Rhinebeck, Molinaro officially announced his candidacy for the 19th Congressional District and his position as an opponent of outgoing Democrat Delgado.

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In a speech provided to the Journal ahead of time, the Dutchess County Republican executive filed a series of complaints about the way the national government is run and accused Delgado of not being interested in helping residents of the 19th arrondissement. He referred to themes that have become popular among GOP candidates, alluding to fear of a socialist government and positioning himself as a stranger to Washington DC’s pessimism.

But he also said he plans to transfer fine-tuned programs and priorities to the Hudson Valley, such as programs for people with disabilities and protection of farmland and open spaces, to serve people through the country. And, he noted the need to heal divisions and end politicization.

“Years of service in local government leave me with a deep understanding of our community, our towns, villages, towns – hamlets and people,” Molinaro said.

The 45-year-old said his decision to run stems from what he sees as a lack of “common sense, competence and compassion” when it comes to decisions made at the national and state levels regarding the economy, small business, COVID response and public safety.

He accused Delgado, who is in his second term, of not doing enough to protect small businesses and farmers.

Delgado’s campaign believes differently, noting the work the Congressman has done since taking office, helping small businesses, protecting farms, and providing veterans and mental health assistance. In the past two months, Delgado announced two bills, which would encourage schools to buy food from small farms and create a website to help small business owners.

Representative Antonio Delgado

Delgado’s campaign said that Delgado “signed 12 bills under the Democratic and Republican administrations and garnered more than $ 400 million in direct support for our counties, towns and villages. He looks forward to continuing this work every year. day.”

Molinaro enters the race with the district’s borders, perhaps, in motion. The 19th is about to be reshaped by a statewide redistribution.

Molinaro led an unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign against former Cuomo in 2018. After his defeat, during his candidacy for another term as county manager in 2019, he said he would complete his term, which means that he would not seek another position while leading the county. .

But a lot has changed in the past year. The pandemic has further divided the population, and Democrats are in power in the White House and both houses of Congress.

The movement is not unexpected. Molinaro has previously said he had not ruled out a congressional candidacy, after ruling out firing another shot at the governor. And, clues were available on Molinaro’s social networks

On August 16, he tweeted about visiting farms in Columbia and Rennsselaer counties. Two weeks later, he showed photos of a visit to a Republican rally in Schoharie County. And, on September 4, he attended the Columbia County Fair.

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro arrives at his press conference to announce his candidacy for the 19th Congressional District at Kesicke Farm in Rhinebeck, NY on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

Molinaro managed to stay in power in Dutchess despite the population going blue. And, when he came up against Cuomo, he won all but six counties north of Westchester, including Dutchess and much of the current 19th Congress card.

However, some messages from his speech on Thursday appeared to be a call for a dark red base. He said he believed New York and the country were less secure than they had ever been since 9/11 after what he called a “deadly retreat from Afghanistan”. the poor, the disabled, the homeless and the disenfranchised, ”alluding to growing crime in cities across the country and dirty streets.

“Here in the Hudson Valley,” he said, “we know something about the struggle for freedom and liberty.”

The ascent of Molinaro

Molinaro, who began his political career as a member of the Tivoli Village Board of Trustees in 1994 at the age of 18, again focused on Dutchess after losing to Cuomo.

During the pandemic, however, Molinaro made sure to challenge the governor at every turn, which some saw as an aspiration to run for a higher post again.

During his speech, Molinaro used Cuomo to say that leadership has failed to protect the elderly during the pandemic, keep schools closed, and let people with developmental disabilities “fend for themselves.”

De Delgado, Molinaro said: “I don’t think he sees the scale of this work, the task at hand, the ability not only to repair fences, but also to stand up for families, farmers and small businesses. overworked and overworked companies too often ignored. ”

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Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro arrives at his press conference to announce his candidacy for the 19th Congressional District at Kesicke Farm in Rhinebeck, NY on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

The 19th District has been one of the most difficult districts to manage as it stretches from Poughkeepsie to the Albany region and west to eastern Broome County. The area is a mix of farmland and struggling main streets.

“He grew up (in this neighborhood), he knows it intimately, he knows the people, he has known how things work here for decades,” said Michael McCormack, chairman of the Dutchess County Republican committee.

McCormack said the district posed a challenge in size and needed someone who could travel to all 11 districts to speak with voters.

“It’s a very difficult job, but he has a work ethic in his blood,” he said.

In the past, Delgado has won the district by touting issues like universal health coverage, opposing tax cuts that benefit the rich, and trade policies that impact farmers. He also expressed his commitment to criminal justice reform, such as the ban on private prisons and “institutionalized training on racial prejudice”.

Some of the bills he helped become laws include assistance for veterans, small businesses, and farms. Last year, Delgado introduced a bill regarding the payment of subsidies on small business loans, which was eventually absorbed and passed as part of broader legislation. He also introduced a bill that would give everyone the opportunity to opt for medicare.

Last year, Delgado retained his seat against Republican challenger Kyle Van De Water with a difference of more than 11 percentage points.

“As promised, Antonio Delgado fought for our region day after day and achieved significant results,” said a spokesperson for his campaign.

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