NY-21 entrant vows to put country first

Matt Castelli

WILTON — A fourth Democrat has announced their bid for the House seat to represent New York’s 21st Congressional District.

Former CIA officer and counterterrorism official Matt Castelli announced his candidacy in a video and press statement sent early morning Wednesday. In it, he recalled the events of 9/11 and how they inspired him to join the intelligence agency after graduating from Siena College, Loudonville, and remain in counterterrorism under both Presidents Barack H. Obama and Donald J. Trump.

“The January 6th attack on the Capitol and our democracy marked another watershed moment for each of us to step up and serve, just like 9/11,” he said. “It hasn’t been lost on me that Congresswoman Elise Stefanik took the same oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.”

Mr. Castelli, who was born in Poughkeepsie and now lives in Saratoga County, said Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, who has supported efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in favor of former President Trump, violated her oath on Jan. 6 and has continued to do so. According to his announcement, the events of the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol were what prompted him to run for Congress in NY-21, after working with a New York City-based health and social service care company, Unite NYC.

He said in the coming weeks he will officially launch his campaign and travel across the 21st District to meet voters and work towards a future vision.

Mr. Castelli joins a relatively crowded Democratic field — since April, three other candidates have announced their candidacies. Fellow Wilton resident Ezra Watson, as well as former U.S. speedskater Bridie Farrell and lawyer Matthew F. Purtorti have all thrown their hats in the ring to run against Rep. Stefanik.

The Stefanik campaign responded to Mr. Castelli’s announcement within 15 minutes of his announcement with a statement from Alex DeGrasse, Rep. Stefanik’s senior advisor.

Mr. DeGrasse branded Mr. Castelli as a far-left Democrat, much the same way he’s described the other three Democrats in the race so far.

“Candidates that compare January 6th to the terrorist attacks on 9/11 that killed thousands of Americans are fundamentally not serious and deeply out of touch with North Country values,” he said.

Mr. DeGrasse vowed that Rep. Stefanik will continue to represent north country voters and support military families, veterans and national security as a whole into the future, but said now was not the time for politics.

“There is plenty of time for politics in the months ahead of the grueling and crowded Democrat primary in New York’s 21st District,” he said. “The week of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 is not that time.”

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KRobbins

“The week of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 is not that time.”

And how is Donald Trump honoring the 20th anniversary of 9/11?

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I’m sure that doesn’t bother DeGrasse or any of the other MAGA faithful. It’s not politics anyway. Probably not really sports either.

KRobbins

Mr. DeGrasse branded Mr. Castelli as a far-left Democrat, much the same way he’s described the other three Democrats in the race so far.

“Candidates that compare January 6th to the terrorist attacks on 9/11 that killed thousands of Americans are fundamentally not serious and deeply out of touch with North Country values,” he said.

Yes, 9/11 was external enemies of democracy with no allies in Congress. And 1/6 internal enemies of democracy and also the base of the Republican Party.

No politicians had anything to hide after 9/11. Judging from the extra-legal efforts McCarthy is putting into obstructing a Congressional investigation, I’d say they do after 1/6.

If I don’t learn another thing from it I want to know exactly how Trump spent his day. All I know now is that he incited the insurrection early on. Then he sent out a tweet further urging action against Pence. Then, in the third try to get a publicly acceptable video, he said he loved the special people that attacked the Capitol and told them they were justified but they had to go home. What a leader!

“There is plenty of time for politics in the months ahead of the grueling and crowded Democrat primary in New York’s 21st District,” he said. “The week of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 is not that time.”

Yeah, this is a sacred time but only after DeGrasse makes an attack on Castelli’s politics which I’m sure he has no conceivable knowledge of.

HotelMike

January 6, another overblown exaggeration by the democrats. Good luck running on that.

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