On the Campaign Trail: Katko calls out Maffei; Kessner backpedals on primary

At a press conference on July 2, Republican Congressional candidate John Katko criticized Democratic opponent Dan Maffei, the incumbent representative for the 24th Congressional District, for his grandiose infrastructure plan as well as his vote against a House measure that encourages oil drilling within the U.S.

According to Katko, H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act, would “expand U.S. energy production by reopening offshore drilling locations previously closed by Obama, eliminating onshore production red-tape, and accessing National Petroleum Reserve deposits in Alaska to provide Central New York families with some relief at the pump.”

Katko said Maffei should have worked to reduce gas prices for his constituents.

“Dan Maffei says he’s for the middle class, but his actions speak otherwise,” Katko said. “Our Member of Congress should refuse to raise the federal gas tax and fight to increase domestic gas production to provide Central New York families and small businesses the relief they need at the gas pump.”

The Camillus Republican, a former U.S. attorney, also criticized Maffei’s infrastructure plan, which called for a high-speed rail, modernizing roads and bridges, airports, ports, high-speed rail systems, water and sewer systems, energy smart grids and high-speed internet. Katko said Maffei hadn’t come up with any suggestions on how to pay for those improvements.

To view Maffei’s plan, visit http://maffei.house.gov/uploads/Maffei%20-%20Infrastructure%20Plan_FINAL.pdf.

Maffei welcomes first child

Meanwhile, Maffei and his wife, Abby, announced the birth of their first child, a girl, at 6:23 p.m. July 3. Maya Elizabeth Maffei weighed seven pounds, 11 ounces and measured 20 inches long. Her birthday comes one day before Maffei’s, which is July 4. According to a release from the congressman, both mother and child are doing well.

“Maya is the biggest little birthday present I could have ever dreamed of,” Maffei wrote, “and we are so delighted to welcome her into the world.”

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