Martha Robertson

Ithaca, N.Y. — The national Democratic party is pulling TV ad funding from the campaign of local challenger Martha Robertson in an apparent sign that it does not expect her to win in November, according to a report in the national publication Roll Call.

Robertson, a Tompkins County legislator, is trying to unseat incumbent Republican Tom Reed in New York’s 23rd District, which includes the Ithaca area.

Robertson, center. Courtesy of the campaign’s Facebook page

The National Journal reports that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is no longer funding two weeks of slated TV ads for Robertson:

“The committee is cutting two weeks of reservations supporting Tompkins County legislator Martha Robertson, who has failed to gain ground on Republican Rep. Tom Reed.”

The DCCC is also pulling funding from around 10 other district races.

Roll Call said “the cancellations — also known as ‘triage‘ — serve as a signal the party does not see a path to victory for these candidates or races.”

“These cuts allow the DCCC to use their resources in other reasons where the party has a higher likelihood of winning,” Roll Call reported.

The news comes amid reports that Democrats are likely not only to fail to beat incumbents like Reed but also fail to maintain some of their current seats in NY.

The NY Daily News reported:

“Democratic hopes of challenging Republican incumbents like Reps. Chris Gibson, who represents the Catskills and upper Hudson valley, or Tom Reed (R-Corning), in districts Obama won or nearly won have collapsed, while Democratic incumbents have been unable to shrug off GOP challengers.

The NY 23rd District is listed as “likely/leans” GOP, according to RealClearPolitics.com.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.