Deacon attacks Katko for staying silent over latest Trump controversy
Democratic congressional candidate Colleen Deacon is calling out her Republican opponent, Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus), for not criticizing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump over comments he made about Gold Star parents of a U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq in 2004.
During the Democratic National Convention, Khizr Khan, father of Capt. Humayun Khan, talked about the loss of his son in Iraq. Trump tweeted several apparent criticisms of Khan and his wife, and the public feud has continued for nearly a week.
On Tuesday, Deacon, who is running for New York's 24th Congressional District seat against Katko, was critical of the incumbent for not issuing a rebuke of Trump's comments.
“There is no defense for insulting a family who gave the ultimate sacrifice," according to a statement from the Deacon campaign." "For Congressman John Katko to stay silent on Trump’s recent attacks sends a clear message to central New York voters about whose interests he is really looking out for: his own party. Congressman John Katko cannot have it both ways. Since announcing his run for president, Donald Trump has launched attacks on military families, veterans, Americans with disabilities – and yet Congressman Katko has tried to play both sides and work the politics in his favor.”