GDC Members Barbara Sides, Mike Kruglinski, Glenn McNitt, Tom Kruglinski, Tim Hunter, as well as Town Supervisor candidate Lisa Lindsley, attended the Move Forward NY Faso Forum held on August 31 at the Esopus Town Hall. Afterward, Barbara penned her reaction in a letter to the editor.
September 3, 2017
To the Editor:
At the forum in Esopus last Thursday evening, Congressman John Faso was asked if he will continue to take money from the Mercer family to finance his campaigns. The Mercers, billionaires who have supported Breitbart and Steve Bannon to the tune of $10 million, also gave Faso $1 million to defeat Zephyr Teachout in the 2016 race for CD 19’s Congressional Seat.
Faso refused to answer the question. Instead, he stated that he doesn’t read Breitbart and that Robert Mercer is not a racist. Neither of those questions were asked. Not only did Mr. Faso fail to condemn the far-right Breitbart news organization known for its racist, xenophobic, misogynistic and untruthful publishing, his non-answer assures us that Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah, a member of Trump’s transition team and a champion of Steve Bannon, will continue to fund his campaigns.Faso has voted 87.8% of the time with Trump. He stated again last Thursday that he believes in the “magic” of the market, not regulation. He challenged the highly respected Congressional Budget Office’s estimate that 22 million people would lose health insurance under Trump Care – which he voted for. By doing so, he also voted to defund Planned Parenthood.
Faso is owned by the Mercers. His allegiance is to them, not the people of CD 19. We must elect a representative in 2018 who serves the people of our district and not the purveyors of lies and dark money.