By Sam Foster
In true NY political style, Congressman Mike Arcuri intimated to a downstate newspaper what he wouldn't dare say locally. According to a recent interview with the NY Times, Mike Arcuri patted himself on the back for how great the economy was in NY's 24th Congressional District.
"In New York's 24th Congressional District, for example, Representative Mike Arcuri, a Democrat, said he senses the improvement but has to be careful about how he couches it with voters.
"They just want to know there's light at the end of the tunnel," he said. "I think they're just starting to see that."
Arcuri's comments are remarkable given that he had just politicized the layoffs at Suit-Kote in an attempt to raise campaign funds. Suit-Kote is one of the largest employers in Cortland County.
However, it is no wonder why Mr. Arcuri feels the need to be "careful about how he couches his enthusiasm with voters." According to a recent NBC/WSJ poll, voters see incumbent support for Obama's stimulus package as toxic. The poll found that 39% of respondents had a favorable opinion of those that voted for the bill, while 46% had a negative view.
From Congressman Arcuri's comments, he clearly believes that he has worked wonders for the economy of NY's 24th, while residents are not convinced. But don't worry; congressman Arcuri will be "careful with how he couches" the subject with you so as not to seem so giddy about the economy's current state.