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Schumer/Long in race for U.S. Senate

Posted: 5:41 PM, Oct 18, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-18 21:41:59Z

A Siena poll released last month shows incumbent U.S. Senator Charles Schumer with a 19 point lead over republican challenger, Wendy Long.

Schumer was in Buffalo on Tuesday touting $17 million in federal funding he said he was able to secure for Erie County economic development. It’s an announcement two years in the making but just three weeks ahead of Election Day. Still, he said the timing is only coincidental. “I've made announcements like this with the county executive over and over and over again. I always find the best way to get reelected is just do your job. That's what I'm doing now.”

He's also working to get his fellow democrats elected. “I'm on the phone talking to the candidates all the time.” Campaign records show he's given more than $6 million to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and other democratic support groups. After all, a democrat controlled senate would likely make Schumer the majority leader next year.

That kind of establishment is what's wrong with government according to Long. “What Donald Trump and I are trying to point out to them is the way out is to bust up this entrenched, self-serving establishment in Washington,” Long said.

Long's pushing for term limits and eliminating government pensions. She'd like to see a stronger resurgence in Buffalo; one driven by the private sector versus public dollars like the Buffalo Billion. “It's a renaissance mostly funded on the backs of other taxpayers. That's the problem. I mean, it's amazing to me when people like Andrew Cuomo and Chuck Schumer think they can get away with this.”

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th.