JAMESTOWN – About 30 people showed up for a flash rally in front of Congressman Tom Reed’s (R-Corning, NY 23) office Thursday in to voice their concerns regarding recent news coming out of Washington.
Organizers say they wanted to voice their disapproval with President Donald Trump and his firing of FBI director James Comey – who at the time of his termination was investigating alleged ties between members of the Trump Campaign and Russia. They said they want to see Congressman Reed support congressional efforts to stop the administration’s alleged obstruction of justice, hire a special prosecutor to investigate the alleged ties, and impeach the president if necessary.
Kristina Benson of Bemus Point was one of those one hand and told WRFA that Congressman Reed needs to put the country before his party.
“I think it’s become clear over the past several weeks that the investigations into potential criminal activity and potential collusion with hostile foreign powers is something that goes far beyond being a Democrat or a Republican,” Benson said. “My sign here says, ‘Country Before Party.’ I’m deeply concerned about our Democratic institutions and I think that Tom Reed needs to represent as as an American Patriot.”
Another resident, Jeannie Danna of Gerry, shared similar concerns.
“The ones that are in power, the GOP, are just following lock-stop. So it’s time for the people to stand up here, all of the people – whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, an independent, I don’t care what you are – you need to stand up because this is the United States of America,” Danna said. “My main concern with Congressman Reed is that he is not standing up to President Trump, as much as he is marching along, in lock-step.”
In response to Thursday’s rally, Congressman Reed’s Office released a statement that said:
“We respect the first amendment rights of those who chose to protest and our office will always listen to their concerns. I care about listening to my neighbors, even if we have different points of view on the issues we face.”
Congressman Reed has been a supporter of President Trump since early last summer, when then-presidential candidate Jeb Bush announced he was no longer running for president. Since then, Reed has served as the co-chair of Trump’s New York State Election Campaign and has also gone on record as supporting the president’s decision to fire Comey, saying it was well within the purview of the Commander-in-Chief.