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Gibson formally announces campaign; Opponent’s wealth becomes an issue

For his part, Eldridge hammers on the fact that, although Gibson voted against the budget crafted by budget committee chairman Paul Ryan this year, a budget that would have imposed what critics consider to be draconian cuts, Gibson had voted in favor of Ryan’s budget in 2011.

The post says, “’This is not the first time we’ve seen Chris Gibson act like a typical politician in an election year, but voters have the right to know where he stands on these important issues,’” said Eldridge. “Unlike Chris Gibson, there is no mistaking my view on the policies the Ryan budget promotes. I would never support them, regardless of which way the political winds are blowing. The Republican budget proposals are dangerous for the Hudson Valley, and wrong for everyday Americans.”

There is a bit of irony in the charge that the 27-year-old is a rich candidate trying to buy an election. In an article in Mother Jones Magazine dating back to December 2012, titled “Sean Eldridge Wants to Curb the Influence of Big Donors—Like Himself,” Eldridge is painted as a man who has been heavily involved at the highest levels of trying to reform campaign finance in New York State. His approach is to replicate the method used in New York City, where individual donations of up to $175 are matched by up to six times as much in taxpayer money. Such a system, according to Eldridge, would cost each taxpayer only $3 to $4 per year.

In the meantime, he is planning to spend big in hopes of being elected.