By Robert J. McCarthy
The long timeface of Congress in the Southern Tier has announced his endorsement of fellow Republican Tom Reed of Corning for the 23rd Congressional District.
Former Rep. Amo Houghton, also of Corning, said this week he is "enthusastically" endorsing Reed over Democrat Nate Shinagawa.
Though Republicans backing fellow Republicans usually may not merit headlines, most political observers believe Houghton remains a respected figure in Washington and the Southern Tier, and that his endorsement matters.
" I enthusiastically support Tom and endorse him for election,” Houghton said. “We need his practical, bipartisan approach. Tom is someone that we are and can be proud of.”
Reed responded: “It’s very humbling to have such great support from someone whom I respect so much. Amo and I speak often and his advice is central to the way we approach representing people.”