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Trump loyalist Franklin Sager wants to unseat Brindisi in GOP bid for Congress

Updated May 2, 8:34 AM; Posted May 1, 2019 

By Mark Weiner | [email protected]

WASHINGTON – Franklin W. Sager, a high school math teacher from Broome County, has launched a campaign for the Republican nomination to take on Rep. Anthony Brindisi in the 22nd Congressional District. Sager, 45, of Port Crane, is the second Republican to enter the 2020 race in the district, joining George Phillips, of Endwell. Sager said Wednesday he sees no reason to wait for former Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, to decide if she will seek an election rematch with Brindisi, D-Utica. Tenney said last week she hasn’t ruled out the possibility of trying to win back the seat she lost in November. Sager said he believes in President Donald Trump and his agenda. The married father of four said he wants to work in Congress to help the president accomplish his goals. “I’m a big supporter of the president,” Sager told The Post-Standard. “But I was a little disappointed. I feel like a lot more could have been accomplished. We had to struggle to get funding for a wall that we could have gotten done in the president’s first two years when we had a majority in the House and Senate.” Sager said he supported Tenney during her one-term in the House, but he was disappointed that she didn’t push harder to eliminate a $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions included in Trump’s overhaul of the tax code. “If I’m elected to Congress, my main goal is to pass tax reform 2.0 and make some changes that would be better for people in Upstate New York,” Sager said. “The economic recovery that has been hitting the rest of the nation has been slow to happen in Upstate New York.” Sager said he plans to formally launch his campaign in late May and expects endorsements from key Trump allies. He has already met with seven of the eight county Republican chairs in the eight-county congressional district.

The political novice said he has raised about $200,000 for his campaign that will be reflected in a report he plans to file with the Federal Election Commission at the end of the year’s second quarter. The only public disclosure report Sager filed to date shows he raised $100 as of March 31 and had loaned his campaign $2,196, according to FEC records. Although he has never served in an elected position, Sager said he has a wealth of real-world experience that would help him represent the region in Congress. “I grew up poor in the inner city of Binghamton, so I know what it’s like to struggle,” Sager said. Sager said he worked for AIG, a global finance and insurance company, for about 14 years until 2012. He currently teaches math at Johnson City High School and operates a construction company with his brother. Brindisi defeated Tenney by 1% last year after the 22nd District election turned into one of the most competitive House races in the nation. The 22nd Congressional District covers all of Madison, Oneida, Cortland and Chenango counties and portions of Oswego, Broome, Herkimer, and Tioga counties.


     After many months and millions of taxpayer dollars, the Mueller Report has been completed and given to the Attorney General. Today a four page summary was sent to Congressional leaders. Although Democrats have insisted that there would be evidence of Trump campaign and Russian collusion, the witch hunt is finally over. Special Prosecutor Muller has concluded that neither President Trump nor any of his subordinates colluded, conspired, or coordinated with Russia to influence the 2016 election. There is no dispute about this. Additionally, after reviewing the entire report and all the evidence, the attorney general and the deputy attorney general found that there was no credible evidence to bring a charge of obstruction of justice. It is time to heal as a nation, and put these charges in our past. I have always supported our President and I am proud to say that I have stood by the President throughout this process. Our President is a tremendous leader and I look forward to further supporting him if I am fortunate enough to be elected to Congress in 2020!

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