Local Dems have
much to celebrate
It was a battle hard fought, and although our Democratic candidate lost the congressional seat, we had the momentum going into Election Day. In 30 days, we went from 18 points down, to losing by six points (five points in Otsego) — what a great accomplishment. Now it is time for our party to reflect on our losses and build on our victories.
And what great achievements we had on election night. Our president won, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand won, Assemblyman Bill Magee won, and our new town of Otsego councilman, Tom Hohensee, won. I am so proud of our supporters who made phone calls, knocked on doors and talked to their friends and neighbors. Everyone worked so hard for our candidates. And the Otsego County Democratic Party — you all made this possible. These victories are yours.
We can’t stop here. We have more battles ahead, and we need to work together with President Obama, our two U.S senators, Gov. Cuomo, and our local Democratic officials in building our party in Otsego County. Together we will move forward in achieving our goals of putting Americans back to work, reducing the deficit, by asking all to pay their fair share, protecting rights and freedoms, and electing those who will fight for what the Democratic Party, and most Americans stands for.
I would like to congratulate Congressman Gibson on a great win; and all our elected officials, we wish you luck with the challenges ahead.
Richard D. Abbate
Otsego County Democratic Chairman