Your Oct. 11 editorial criticizes my tenure in the Congress contending I failed to meet with constituents and that I ran “a shallow campaign that promised little more than tax cuts for billionaires and cheap shots about his opponent’s past dalliances as a hip-hop musician.”

Your criticism is misplaced. In fact, I conducted approximately 1,000 meetings with constituents around the district and in Washington. I always met with those who disagreed with me in an effort to listen and seek common ground. Our office responded to nearly 300,000 calls, emails and letters during my two-year term. I also conducted three traditional “town halls” as well as numerous smaller meetings with groups who were opposed to my positions.

I offered numerous proposals to improve the business climate in upstate New York and innovative ideas to eliminate the Medicaid mandate, which is crushing property taxpayers. I was lead sponsor of legislation which was enacted into law to crack down on shipment of illegal fentanyl into the U.S. In 2018, I was ranked as the 13th most bipartisan member of the House.

I opposed the GOP tax bill because of its negative consequences upon our state. As for my opponent’s rap career, I can only imagine what The Daily Star would say if I had called women “trick-a** hoes” along with similar gems.

Lastly, I  always responded to media inquiries, including from your paper and was always personally available to speak with the press. You add no credibility to your editorial board to contend otherwise.

John Faso

Kinderhook

Faso represented the 19th Congressional District from 2017-2019. 

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