Democrat for Congress Michael Derrick doesn't have a trust fund bride, but he has raised some money and in joining the picket line in Plattsburgh with Verizon workers, he was able to pitch for votes and point out his opponent received a donation from the phone giant.
Mr. Derrick is a decided underdog against Rep.Elise Stefanik, who is popular, has worked hard and has lots of campaign cash in the tradition of what DC people are able to do.
Mr. Derrick is also a convincing speaker on issues like the military and foreign affairs.
This year has proven that money spent is not the only barometer of success and the rhetoric doesn't favor the notion of boasting about how much is raised.
I think Rep. Stefanik should and will win a second term as she has earned it, but I wouldn't dismiss Mr. Derrick out of hand as this is a year when politics as usual is not gone but its not admired.
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