By Jerry Zremski
WASHINGTON -- Martha Robertson, the Democrat who's challenging Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, this fall, got a big boost Monday when the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee named her to its "Red to Blue" program -- signaling that she's one of the top Democratic House challengers in the country.
The Democratic campaign committee selects challengers for the Red to Blue program when they've shown strong ability to raise funds, build a campaign and present a credible alternative to voters.
“Martha Robertson has a proven track record of putting upstate New York families first and fighting to protect the middle class and seniors," said Rep. Steve Israel, D-Melville, who chairs the Democratic campaign committee.
Robertson said she was honored by the early outpouring of support for her campaign.
“The early strength our campaign has demonstrated led us to earn a spot in the Red to Blue program, and it means we have the support, confidence, and momentum it takes to defeat Congressman Tom Reed in November," she said.