Wayne County GOP: Katko lost support

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CAMILLUS — John Katko’s reputation as a moderate Republican has served him well in a district with an urban and rural constituency, but he has found himself out of step with a portion of the GOP electorate that sees former president Donald Trump as the party’s leader.

That includes the Republicans of Wayne County, said MaryAnne Nicosia-McCarthy, in reaction to news that Katko, who represents a 24th District that includes Wayne County, has decided not to seek a fifth term in the House. “He had lost the support of the county committee and the vast majority of Wayne County Republicans,” Nicosia-McCarthy said Friday. Katko said family concerns, not politics, are the principal reasons for his decision.

State Assemblyman Brian Manktelow agreed with Nicosia-McCarthy that support for Katko was fading. Manktelow believed Katko had failed in recent years to stay connected with his rural constituency and, possibly, had taken for granted the support of rural Republicans — welcoming their votes, but not doing enough to represent their interests in Washington.

“I have been blessed beyond belief with family, health, and the most loving and patient wife on earth,” he said in a news release issued Friday morning. “Over the course of the past three years, my wife Robin and I buried all four of our parents. To say that those gut-wrenching times provided life-changing perspective for me is putting it mildly. That’s why, after 32 years of public service, I have decided not to seek re-election to Congress, so that I can enjoy my family and life in a fuller and more present way.”

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