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LETTER: Conole is one of us

Posted 10/12/22

The area’s “other newspaper” included a headline that Brandon Williams is leading Francis Conole in the race for Congress. People, please. For once, let’s not revert to our corners, voting …

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LETTER: Conole is one of us

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The area’s “other newspaper” included a headline that Brandon Williams is leading Francis Conole in the race for Congress.

People, please. For once, let’s not revert to our corners, voting habitually “right” or “left,” but let’s actually become informed. I urge you, if you do nothing else when considering your vote, go to the Williams and Conole websites. Here’s what you’ll find:

Williams is both unprepared for the job and disconnected to our community. A silicon valley tech executive and multi-millionaire who bought a 67-acre farm in Cayuga County in 2019, Williams has no political experience. While he touts his outsider status as refreshing, his “stances” are vacuous generalizations that communicate only what he is for— no concrete ideas or solutions. Anyone can state what he is for. But what is he actually planning to do? And, living out of our district, Williams cannot even vote for himself!

Even GOP leadership failed to endorse Brandon Williams in last summer’s primary, their PAC-sponsored ad calling him a “liberal elitist.” After he won, Elise Stefanik miraculously changed her opinion. Not surprising. Stefanik is known for gauging the political winds and reversing course: Remember when she couldn’t even utter Trump’s name and now she’s ultra-MAGA? When her own Republican colleague described her “ambition unmoored to principle”? The hypocrisy would be stunning if it wasn’t so predictable.

In contrast, Francis Conole is a lifelong CNY-er from a family of middle-class public servants. His website includes real ideas and actionable plans: to provide rural broadband to students in Madison County, to support the “Build Local/Hire Local” act, to invest in green energy, to boost aid for STEM education and invest in affordable childcare. Enmeshed in our community and its needs, Conole can hit the ground running. And, unlike Williams, he would not have to learn about us. He is us.

— Jennifer Boulanger, Rome

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