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CHRIS DAY: My Response To Rep. Nita Lowey

When a 26-year incumbent Congresswoman, in the absence of actual issues or ideas, chooses to smear her opponent with outright lies, it lowers our democratic discourse to such a degree as to make us all suffer.

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When a 26-year incumbent Congresswoman, in the absence of actual issues or ideas, chooses to smear her opponent with outright lies, it lowers our democratic discourse to such a degree as to make us all suffer.

Dumping over a million dollars into her campaign, Congresswoman Nita Lowey has decided to tell boldfaced lies to my friends, family, and neighbors about my positions on various issues.

She's sent out two mailers (thus far) claiming I "oppose equal pay for women," that I back a "middle class tax increase," I support "tax breaks for millionaires," that I would "raise [the] retirement age for seniors," and that I support an "extreme anti-choice agenda."

Ms. Lowey cites her sources, but none of her sources say anything about what I think on any of these issues. The fact is that I support equal pay for women, that I never endorsed the Paul Ryan budget that would supposedly favor millionaires over middle class, and I will do nothing to undo existing court rulings and law on abortion. The one source she uses to reference seniors refers to an out of context quote referencing future generations of retirees which she falsely applies to current seniors.

Apparently, based on a conversation we had, Ms. Lowey believes that she can just apply the views of others or various groups to me, whether I actually hold those positions or not. That's not how this works. If a Democratic figure says something, it doesn't mean Nita Lowey believes it – and the same applies on my end.

Ironically, on the day her first mailer hit saying I have a "right-wing fringe agenda," the local newspaper's editorial board wrote that "Day makes clear that he's a moderate, and eschews many Republican talking points," that I have "a stellar record of public service," and that they "are fully confident that Day could do the job, and do it well." If Ms. Lowey's claims were true, why would a newspaper that endorsed her directly contradict them in an editorial?

This is not how democracy is supposed to work, and it's not what I fought for overseas. Americans deserve better from their politicians and their elected officials – and I intend to deliver that.

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