Where’s Faso? Or, What if They Held a Town Hall and the Congressman Didn’t Show Up?

Kingston, NY, 2/24/17

Kingston, NY, 2/24/17

KIngston, NY, 2/24/17

Kingston, NY, 2/24/17

I vote in New York City, in the 10th Congressional district (“the fighting 10th,” as Colbert would have said in his Report days), which is represented by the brilliant, progressive Democrat Jerry Nadler, who recently introduced a Resolution of Inquiry, potentially a first step on the path to Trump’s impeachment.

House Resolution 111, “directs the Department of Justice to provide the House of Representatives with any and all information in its possession detailing criminal investigations, business investments by foreign governments, violations of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution or the Ethics in Government Act, among other requirements, involving the President or other Executive Office employees.”

The Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are currently trying to prevent debate on the House floor of Nadler’s resolution and he’s fighting back, repeatedly calling out cowardice when he sees it. I call Congressman Nadler’s Manhattan office once a week to say thank you.

I’m not well-matched with John Faso (R-NY19), a tea party extremist, who represents the upstate district that includes Stone Ridge. Faso*, another Republican profile in courage, was MIA at the recess town hall meeting, held Friday night at the George Washington Elementary School on Wall Street in Kingston.

An overflow crowd, 500+, filled the auditorium at the “empty chair” town hall, joining a panel to discuss crucial issues, including the environment, education, health care and immigration. Outside, in the balmy February night (it was still 65º at 7:30 pm–great, but not good), another 450 people (as estimated by a young Kington cop) rallied, chanting and holding up signs, and listening to speakers.

RESIST.

Kingston, NY, 2/24/17

Kingston, NY, 2/24/17

Kingston, NY, 2/24/17

Kingston, NY, 2/24/17

Kingston, NY, 2/24/17

Kingston, NY, 2/24/17

Kingston, NY, 2/24/17

Kingston, NY, 2/24/17

*Someone involved with the Faso campaign stole one of my portraits of Zephyr Teachout (originally shot for Bill Moyers Journal), his Democratic opponent in the 2016 election and popped it into a Koch-brothers template website, using it large across the top. I discovered the unauthorized reproduction during Labor Day weekend and had the image immediately taken down.

The website slammed Teachout for her progressive politics, of course, but also for being an an “elitist,” a professor at Fordham University School of Law.

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