Campaign 2010

Jul 08, 2014

John Katko: Don’t Call Me Moderate

John Katko doesn’t want to be called a moderate and he doesn’t want to discuss his out-of-touch positions on issues either. In an interview last week Katko was asked if he would take a more pragmatic approach than former Tea Party Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle and if he would consider himself a “moderate.” John Katko rejected the notion and instead pushed back saying, “I don’t know if I consider myself a moderate.”

 

Not only did Katko refuse to let himself be called a moderate, but he also refused to discuss his out-of-touch agenda. 

When pressed about where he stands on the issues, John Katko said he “didn’t know” seven times during an 11 minute interview.

“John Katko doesn’t want to be a called a moderate and doesn’t want to discuss his out-of-touch positions on the issues either,” said Marc Brumer of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “John Katko continues to feign ignorance on the issues because he knows that if he comes clean voters will reject his reckless agenda to stack the deck in favor of the special interests and the ultra-wealthy by shifting the burden onto Central New York’s hard working middle class families and seniors. Instead, John Katko continues to answer every question ‘I don’t know’ in an effort to hide his positions that are far outside the mainstream.”  

BACKGROUND:

Katko: “I don’t know if I consider myself a moderate”. When asked by TWC News’ Liz Benjamin if he would consider himself a “moderate” who would take a more “pragmatic approach,” Katko responded  by saying “I don’t know if I consider myself a moderate. I don’t know about labels.” [TWC News “Capital Tonight”, 7/3/14]

Katko said he “wasn’t sure” if Boehner should have allowed a vote on immigration reform. When asked by TWC News’ Liz Benjamin on “Capital Tonight” whether he thought Speaker Boehner should have allowed a vote on immigration reform, Katko said “I’m not sure a vote is the right term to use…” [TWC News “Capital Tonight”, 7/3/14]

Katko wouldn’t say whether he would support Boehner for speaker. When asked by TWC News’ Liz Benjamin on “Capital Tonight” whether he would support John Boehner’s continued leadership, Katko responded “I don’t know until I get there. I hope I have the chance when I get there to make that decision. But right now it’s still up in the air.” [TWC News “Capital Tonight”, 7/3/14]

Katko pleaded ignorance on the details of the fiscal cliff. When asked if he would vote to raise the debt ceiling or raise taxes in order to avoid the fiscal cliff, Katko said “I don’t know all the details of the fiscal cliff, but I can tell you this much: the debt is a serious issue and whether or not I’d raise the debt ceiling is something I’d have to determine once I get there.” [TWC News “Capital Tonight”, 7/3/14]

Katko said “I don’t know” a total of seven times during an 11 minute interview. Over the course of his 11 minute interview with TWC News’ Liz Benjamin on “Capital Tonight”, Katko said “I don’t know” a total of seven times. [TWC News “Capital Tonight”, 7/3/14]