So-called anti-war U.S. Rep from NY-19 now backs troop surge
BREWSTER—In New York’s 19th congressional district, candidate Greg Ball (R-Patterson), a two-term state legislator, today asked voters why the current Congressman, who positioned himself as anti-war when first running for office in 2006, is now supporting an unprecedented expansion into Afghanistan, and has fallen silent on Iraq.
“Remember voting in 2006 and in 2008, for our current Congressman, to send a message against the Iraq War and against President Bush?,” Ball’s automated phone message said to thousands of likely Democratic 2010 voters. “My name is Greg Ball, and like you, I was uneasy with the previous administration’s policies. Please call the current Congressman today and tell him to stop the politics. Ask him why he went from being anti war, to now supporting tens of thousands of troops to be sent to a new, and possibly even more dangerous front.”
The current Congressman, once considered anti-war, is now writing local Op-Eds in favor of war, and wrote in a recent Poughkeepsie Journal editorial that expanding into Afghanistan was “necessary.”
In fact, when first running for office, the current Congressman was described by the New York Times as an anti-war activist, and local media outlets later acknowledged Hall’s campaign was largely fueled and funded by a small group of anti-war activists from across the country who traveled to New York’s 19th and helped the current Congressman eek out a narrow victory.
Ball, a staunch critic of the Bush administration’s policies in both Iraq and Afghanistan, said that “the current Congressman’s silence on Iraq and chicken-hawkish push for empire driven expansion into Afghanistan is an egregious flip-flop from the anti-war views he has espoused, and another indicator of his inability and unwillingness to lead on important national issues.”