Farley pledges to support term limits (updated)

Republican congressional candidate Chele Chiavacci Farley announced this week that she had signed a pledge to support legislation that would limit House members to six years in office and senators to 12.

“I believe enacting term limits for members of Congress is one of the most important things we can do to make Congress work for us again,” Farley said in a statement. “More than ever before, the partisanship and obstruction caused by Nancy Pelosi, Sean Patrick Maloney and the other career politicians in the House of Representatives demonstrates the need for term limits.”

Farley is challenging Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, this year for New York’s 18th Congressional District seat. Maloney was first elected in 2012 and will seek his fifth term this November.

The pledge Farley signed is promoted by a group called U.S. Term Limits, which has long advocated for restrictions on how long state and federal lawmakers may hold office. The federal limit that it pitches is three terms for House members and two terms for the Senate.


Scott Smith, an independent candidate from Goshen who plans to run for the 18th District seat, responded to Farley’s pledge announcement by pointing out that the restrictions U.S. Term Limits wants would be sought through a constitutional amendment and were highly unlikely to advance. He suggested the pledge was an empty promise and challenged both Farley and Maloney to impose term limits on themselves instead.

Smith, a middle school science teacher, also ran for the 18th District seat in 2014 and won several thousand votes.

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