ITHACA, NY – John Plumb, who is challenging Tom Reed for the 23rd Congressional District seat, promised to do something he says Reed hasn’t: listen to Ithacans.

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Last week at a packed meeting of the Tompkins County Democratic Committee, Plumb suggested that Reed had written off Ithaca due to his continued use of the “extreme Ithaca liberal” label.

In a campaign ad against his challenger, Reed’s campaign questioned Plumb’s place in New York, as he only recently returned to the state after working in Washington D.C. and Colorado.

The ad says, “Even though John Plumb might’ve forgotten his way around New York, he found extreme Ithaca liberals to help fund his campaign.”

Reed first used this line against Tompkins County Legislator Martha Robertson, the Democrat who challenged him in 2014.

“I am proud to represent Tompkins County,” was Tom Reed’s response. “Every inch of our district is important to me and I will always fight for our communities’ needs.”

“Tom has effectively represented Ithaca and Tompkins County for years, while John Plumb was busy in Washington working on President Obama’s failed foreign policy,” said Tom Reed for Congress Spokeswoman Amy Hasenberg.

“Tom has repeatedly fought for fair policy that addresses the needs of those in Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca, like when he fought to protect funding for the Ithaca Airport and when he personally ensured funding for public transportation in Tompkins County. The idea that Tom doesn’t care about an area of this Congressional District is not only false, but it is blasphemy,” she added.

After speaking and answering several questions from the Tompkins County Democratic Committee, Plumb received a unanimous endorsement from the group.

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Michael Smith

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