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N.Y. Lawyer Joins Democratic Primary to Challenge John Katko

Katko is one of the most vulnerable House Republicans seeking re-election next year.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Katko is one of the most vulnerable House Republicans seeking re-election next year.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Another Democrat has launched a campaign for the party’s nod to take on vulnerable Republican Rep. John Katko next year.  

On Monday, New York lawyer Steve Williams on Monday announced his candidacy, joining two others  already in the race — former Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand aide Colleen Deacon and Syracuse University Professor Eric Kingson.  “From Wayne to Cayuga counties, from Oswego to Syracuse — people have told me they want an advocate in Congress who will fight to create jobs and get the economy working for everyone in Central New York,” Williams said in a statement. “I’ve spent my career winning tough fights, and that’s what I’m going to do in Congress.”  

Williams did not mention his primary rivals in his announcement. Instead, he focused his jabs squarely on Katko.  

“We need an economy that works for everyone, not just the powerful special interests. Unlike Congressman Katko, who has voted with the far right wing Republicans who control Congress. I won’t waste time engaging in gridlock, partisanship and political theatrics,” he said.  

Katko, whose district is rated a Tossup  by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report /Roll Call, is on both the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s list of “One-Term Wonders ” of vulnerable freshmen as well as the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Patriot Program  to protect at-risk incumbents.

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