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DCCC Adds Rep. Tom Reed to Midterm Targets

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Tom Reed, who represents the Greater Olean area in Congress, was one of 19 Republican incumbents whose districts were targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Monday.

The DCCC, which also added one open seat to its targeted districts Monday, already had targeted 59 other Republican incumbents.

“House Republicans’ midterm prospects grow dimmer with each passing day thanks to the endless supply of chaos, scandal and broken promises to voters from Republican-controlled Washington,” DCCC Communications Director Meredith Kelly wrote in a memo about the 2018 midterm elections. “Today, the DCCC is expanding our offensive battlefield, bringing our targeted districts for recruitment and potential investment to 79 Republican-held seats.”

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Reed's campaign manager, Nicholas Weinstein, noted that the congressman easily defeated DCCC-backed candidates in 2014 and 2016.

“Tom Reed for Congress is off to its strongest start ever, with record breaking fundraising and grassroots engagement, following two straight double digit victories where the DCCC targeted our race," Weinstein said. “Our campaign is already up and running, and we are confident that our record of caring, common sense conservative leadership and accessibility will continue to resonate with voters across the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Western New York."

Weinstein said Reed defeated DCCC recruited and supported candidate Martha Robertson by 23 percent in the 2014 campaign for Congress and DCCC recruited and supported candidate John Plumb by 15 percent in 2016.

“We’re proud of our record of leadership creating jobs with the bipartisan Revitalize American Manufacturing Innovation Act, our efforts to bridge the partisan divide as the co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, and our over two hundred Town Hall meetings,” Weinstein said. “As we look ahead we will remain accessible through our Town Hall meetings and continue our leadership on efforts to create jobs, repeal and replace Obamacare and fix our broken tax code.”

Reed is serving his fourth term as a congressman in New York’s 23rd District.

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