ITHACA, N.Y. — If there is one city on Republican Congressman Tom Reed’s radar that is least likely to be home to a large number of his supporters, it’s Ithaca.
While the incumbent Congressman beat out Democrat candidate John Plumb in the 2016 election — 149,779 to 107, 822 — Plumb completely swept Reed in Tompkins County.
Of 11 counties, Tompkins was the only one to swing drastically left during the 2016 election with more than twice the number of voters supporting Plumb (25,945 compared to Reed’s 10,660).
After President Donald Trump’s inauguration this month, activist groups online began calling for Tom Reed to host a Q&A Town Hall in Ithaca to hear the voices of constituents in the ultra-liberal city, despite an obvious political divide.
According to Reed’s Communications Director Brandy Brown, the last time Reed had a Town Hall meeting at a location in the City of Ithaca was May 2, 2016, when he spoke at a classroom at Cornell University. The last time he hosted one in Ithaca, and not at Cornell, was June 20, 2015.
Brown said in an email, “With regard to future town halls, the timing and locations are still being determined and will be publicized with the media and through our social media channels once the details are confirmed.”
Brown did not explicitly state whether Reed, who has an office in Ithaca, will visit the city.