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  •  2010 redistricted me... (4+ / 0-) instead of being in a quasi-swing district (the old NY-29), I'm now in a very safely gerrymandered blue district and represented by the sainted Louise Slaughter.

    But I keep an eye on my old congresscritter, Tom Reed, who ended up with a more safely red district.

    After several years of observation, I still can't quite figure out whether he's crazy-crazy, or reasonable-acting-crazy-to-win.

    The district he represents, while safely Republican, isn't crazy-crazy Republican; it was created at the behest of one of those now-defunct sane moderate Republicans, Amo Houghton. It includes a big swath of New York Appalachia, but also includes the high-tech mecca of Corning (where Reed was once mayor) and deep-blue Ithaca and Tompkins County.

    I don't think Reed needs to side with the crazies to have an easy path to reelection. Yet every chance he gets to go hard-right, he does, to the point where there's never an inch of daylight between Reed and the backside of Eric Cantor. (Ewww.)

    It may just be that Reed isn't all that bright. He seems to keep having issues with properly paying his taxes, something a brighter politician would know to avoid.

    He has, in keeping with current Republican back-bench tradition, precisely nothing to show for himself when it comes to legislative initiatives or accomplishments. He's brought damn near nothing by way of economic improvement to his district, which could desperately use some.

    And yet he's probably safely entrenched in his seat until at least 2022. Sigh.

    Intended to be a factual statement.

    by ipsos on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 04:29:27 PM PDT

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