Six-Figure Ad Buy Hits Back at Katko For His Vote To Pass the Trump Tax


Retired Central New York Nurse Condemns Republican Attempts To Cut Medicare, Social Security To Pay For $1.5 Trillion Tax Break For The Rich

SYRACUSE — Speak Out Central New York today launched a monthlong, six-figure ad buy across Congressman John Katko’s district, targeting Katko’s vote to pass the TrumpTax and Republicans’ subsequent attempts to pass devastating cuts to Medicare and Social Security to pay for their massive tax break for the rich.

The ad features Kaye, a retired nurse from Central New York, who explains how Katko’s votes threaten her ability to make ends meet:

“I’ve worked 30 years as a nurse. I’m retired now, and still pick up shifts. Just like many of my patients, I rely on Social Security and Medicare. I know Congressman Katko voted for this TrumpTax plan, these massive tax breaks for corporations and the rich,” says Kaye,  “Now the Republicans in Congress are talking about cutting Medicare and Social Security to fund it. You’ve gotta be kidding me. I don’t think he’s looking out for people like me. It’s really scary for me and my patients. Why would he do something like that?”

The ad is running across Katko’s district and supplemented by a significant digital advertising buy with both 15- and 30-second versions of the video.

Watch the full ad here:

Katko voted to pass the TrumpTax in December, which sends the overwhelming majority of its $1.5 trillion in tax breaks to the wealthiest fraction of the country. As a result of the bill, New Yorkers’ taxes will actually increase by $2.4 billion in 2019, and 2.4 million New Yorkers won’t get a tax cut at all.

Since the bill passed, Congressional Republicans have struggled to create a budget plan that will account for the massive deficit created by the tax scam. As a result, they have repeatedly proposed devastating, deep cuts to Medicare, Social Security and other critical safety net programs that serve the most vulnerable communities in the country, including the elderly, disabled and poor.

This ad buy comes amid a region-wide push to remind area residents that both Katko and Congresswoman Claudia Tenney have repeatedly voted to undermine health care and economic opportunity for their constituents. Earlier this week, Speak Out CNY unveiled a brand new billboard in Katko’s district, reminding Syracuse commuters that Katko voted to raise their taxes. Last month, a different television and digital ad buy ran district-wide, featuring a retired couple who ask “What was Katko thinking when he voted for this tax cut?”

Yesterday, Speak Out CNY announced a similarly large ad buy in Tenney’s district, slamming her vote for Republicans’ unsuccessful health care repeal bill in May 2017.