The New York State Independence Party today announced that it has endorsed Tom Reed for re-election in the 23rd Congressional District.
"We have watched Tom work in a bipartisan way and do what is best for New Yorkers," said Independence Party Chairman Frank MacKay. "You look at things like his Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act, which he got signed into law, and you see someone who is more interested in getting results than in playing politics."
Chairman MacKay also cited the nearly 200 town hall meetings Reed has held since being elected. "He is accessible to New Yorkers," Chairman MacKay said.
Tompkins County Independence Party Chairman Tom Hatfield mentioned Reed's fight against Common Core as a factor in earning the endorsement. "Tom Reed has introduced legislation, the EMPOWER Act, that holds local taxpayers harmless for opting out of the testing required by Common Core," Connolly said. "We appreciate that he stands up for local control. We encourage voters to re-elect him and keep him working for New York." Hatfield is also a member of the state Independence Party Executive Committee.
"I am humbled and honored to receive the Independence Party endorsement," Reed said. "We will continue fighting for jobs and less government for all New Yorkers and I appreciate the recognition that we put people before politics."
Reed becomes the third candidate for Congress endorsed by The Independence Party which also recently endorsed Republican Elise Stefanik in the 21st District and Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney in the 18th District.