How happy — or not — are voters with their congressmen in the Finger Lakes region? The heavily Republican districts 23 and 27 are seeing plenty of action by Democrats eager to nominate strong candidates to defeat Tom Reed and Chris Collins this year. What’s happening in Washington with a GOP majority Congress and President Donald Trump — with issues from immigration to healthcare, environment and taxes — has people fired up.
Addressing an usually tame crowd at a town hall meeting this week in Middlesex, Reed, the Republican from Corning representing the 23rd District, said “Ninety-nine percent of the people I work with in Washington are good people.” That drew laughs from the group at the fire hall in the Yates County hamlet.
Since the 2016 presidential election, protesters have converged regularly outside Reed’s office in Geneva over Trump policies and executive orders Reed largely supports. The refugee bans, treatment of undocumented immigrants, rollback of environmental regulations and the newly-passed tax overhaul are all hot-button issues.