John Katko for Congress to voters in new TV ad: ‘Do you think Colleen Deacon would be independent?’

September 7, 2016 GMT

U.S. Rep. John Katko’s campaign is using Colleen Deacon’s own words against her in the first TV ad of the 24th Congressional District race that targets an opposing candidate.

The ad released by Katko, R-Camillus, is titled “Meet Colleen” and features a clip from an interview Deacon, D-Syracuse, conducted with “Capital Tonight” host Liz Benjamin in April.

Benjamin asked Deacon if she could be independent and split with Democratic leadership on a vote in the House of Representatives.

Deacon’s response: “Well, I mean, I think, to be honest with you, I think a lot of what the Democratic platform is what I stand for. So I don’t know necessarily why I would break away from ... why I would I want to break away from any of the issues, you know, anything specifically. I think that’s what I would stand for.”

Since that interview aired on Time Warner Cable News, Republicans have used it to claim that Deacon wouldn’t be an independent voice in Congress for central New York.

When asked about Deacon’s campaign in a July interview with The Citizen, Katko mentioned the “Capital Tonight” appearance.

“The one word that people in this district love more than anything else is bipartisanship, and that’s not being bipartisan,” Katko said. “That’s going back to the ways that we’ve had the last several terms, which catapulted me into the position.”

The new TV ad will begin airing immediately on Syracuse-area broadcast and cable stations. Katko’s campaign said it will run simultaneously with another commercial starring two central New York businesswomen, including Mary Anne Giacona of Auburn.

The ad targeting Deacon is the fourth released by Katko’s campaign. Deacon’s campaign has released one ad during the general election campaign. She had three TV ads air leading up to the Democratic primary in June.

Katko is seeking a second term representing the 24th Congressional District, which includes all of Cayuga, Onondaga and Wayne counties and the western portion of Oswego County.

Deacon, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s former central New York regional director, is aiming to unseat Katko.

The last incumbent to win the Syracuse-area congressional district contest was then-U.S. Rep. Jim Walsh in 2006. Since then, no incumbent has won in the past four elections.

Election Day is Nov. 8.