Veteran Republic consultant Anthony Casale of Cooperstown said of the Obama visit: “It’s wonderful that he’s coming to the upstate New York, but I just hope he focuses on the real issues, which are jobs and the economy.”
Casale also questioned the timing of the trip, noting it coincided with the opening of the State Fair in Syracuse, with the motorcade “inconveniencing” Thruway motorists between Buffalo and Syracuse.
Otsego County Democratic Chairman Richard Abbate said he was delighted that Obama was spending part of the summer in upstate New York, noting his only regret is that he isn’t coming to Otsego County. “Maybe next time around we’ll see him.”
Some of the local anti-fracking protestors who urged Obama in Syracuse to drop his support for gas drilling — including Huntsman and Branigan — said they will be back at it today in Binghamton.
Members of the Norwich Tea Party, upset by the president’s policies on health care among other issues, said they also plan to protest outside the Binghamton event.