UPDATE: GOP delighted over Politco reporter failing to interview Eldridge

The state GOP is attacking Sean Eldridge over what they call a “scathing video” from Washington D.C. news outlet Politico where a reporter failed to score an interview with the Democratic hopeful.

The video, entitled “Chasing Sean Eldridge” is a conversation between reporter Alex Isenstadt and Politico Executive Editor Rick Burke. It basically lays out Isenstadt’s failed attempts to interview Eldridge. Isenstadt says he came up to the region looking to do a story on the closely watched race but wasn’t able to enter Eldridge’s campaign headquarters or his Kingston-based Hudson River Ventures office because the doors were locked.
Eldridge also declined to be interviewed, Isenstadt says, because “they didn’t like the direction of the story.”

The state GOP didn’t waste time on latching on to Politico video and spinning it into an attack ad.

“Politico’s exposé further demonstrates that Sean Eldridge is unfit to represent the people of the 19th Congressional District,” said NYGOP spokesman David Laska.

Eldridge, a 27-year-old investor, is looking to take on Republican Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, in the 19th Congressional District. He moved into Shokan in January 2013 with his husband and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, a point that Gibson’s campaign and GOP operatives have used to characterize Eldridge as a “carpetbagger.”

The race is one being eyed as competitive by political analysts who say Gibson has become more vulnerable since he was redistricted into the bluer areas of Ulster and Sullivan counties, though analysts say the district may still lean Republican.

UPDATE: After I wrote this, I emailed Eldridge’s spokesman to ask if we could meet for a reposnse. A few hours later I received a call from Eldridge, who invited me over to the campaign office on Fair Street here in Kingston.

In response to Politico’s video, Eldridge said “we’re not really concerned with a D.C.-based blog” and that he’s been “concerned with petitioning” over the last few weeks.

“We haven’t been focused on Politico,” Eldridge said.

Eldridge said that he’s given interviews to local media in the past and named WAMC, Jimmy Buff of Radio Woodstock, the Poughkeespie Journal and the Daily Freeman.

Also, in response to Isenstadt’s comment on being locked out, Eldridge said the doors are always locked to the campaign office.

Along with talking to people through petitioning, Eldirdge says he’s been doing “meet and greets” every week at the homes of people in the district and has shown up at some town board meetings, like in Hunter, to talk to people.

When asked about opening himself up to larger public forums, Eldridge mentioned a forum in January he did in Kingston that had about “150 people.”

Below, you’ll see the photographic evidence of out meetup.


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