Rep. Tom Reed is known more for his nice-guy persona than his ability as a bare-knuckles political brawler, but he took an uncharacteristic swipe Thursday at Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
“It is disappointing that Andrew Cuomo would politicize the tragedy in Las Vegas to promote himself and blame Republicans,” Reed, a Corning Republican, said in a statement issued by his campaign. “After this horrific event it's time to come together as Americans to support one another. As authorities work to determine a motive for the heinous crime, we should follow the example of the Las Vegas community and unify around the victims, first responders, and their families."
Reed responded to the fact that a day after the Las Vegas shooting, Cuomo criticized the “overwhelming cowardice” of Congress and called Republicans “disgusting” for not addressing the gun control issue.
Nicholas Weinstein, noted that Democrats looking to challenge Reed had already assailed his strong support for gun rights.
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