Retired General Tony German Launches Bid For NY-19

Aug 22, 2019

Tony German
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A retired two-star General wants to run for the U.S. House against first-term Democratic Congressman Antonio Delgado of New York’s 19th Congressional district. Tony German is the Former Adjutant General of the New York National Guard and spent 36 years in the military. Fellow Republican John Faso, who spent one term representing the district, declined to seek a rematch against Delgado in 2020. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with German about why he decided to run.

Tony German is an Oneonta resident who retired in January.

German says he’s working to put together a plan for what would be his top priority.

And he says there’s a need to address border security.

German, who voted for Donald Trump in 2016, does not believe there are grounds for the president to be impeached.

German says there are policies that have benefitted the 19th District.

German says, to have a shot at the seat, he will tour the district town by town. And he’s getting an early start to gain recognition and log a lot of miles in the swing district that spans 11 counties.

In 2018, Delgado garnered around 51 percent of the vote to Faso’s about 46 percent, with a spread of some 15,000 votes.