Thursday, March 1, 2018



O’Donnell nominated as GOP candidate in 18th Congressional District

O'Donnell: "The time is now ..."

POUGHKEEPSIE – Republican leaders in the 18th Congressional District have nominated Orange County Legislator James O'Donnell to run against incumbent Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney in November.

Leaders from Dutchess, Orange, Westchester, and Putnam counties gathered in Poughkeepsie to select one of three candidates for the November race.  Prior to the start of the convention West Point graduate Sakima McClinton of Poughkeepsie and NYPD Officer Jarred Buchanan of Putnam Valley withdrew their names from consideration.  Both candidates vowed not to pursue a primary race, paving the way to James O'Donnell securing the nomination.

In his address to the crowd of 100 or so committee members, O'Donnell stressed the need for Republicans to maintain the majority in Washington to "continue the successes of the first 13 months of the Trump administration" which he claims Democrats have failed to acknowledge.  Citing recent successes on Wall Street the nominee said "the Democrats will continue to do everything they can” to slow down the economy.

“The time is now to fix this immigration problem, created by Washington,” O’Donnell said. “The time is now to secure our borders. The time is now to support our military with robust defense spending that gives our men and women protecting our nation the tools and weapons for not only today’s wars but for future wars. A strong and powerful military is our best defense from future conflicts.”

The retired State Police lieutenant colonel and former MTA police chief touted his extensive law enforcement background to develop new initiatives to keep schools safe.  "The safety of our children is paramount," according to the father of eight and he plans to have school security cameras provide live feeds to local police departments and 911 centers in his home county in an event to prevent the rise in school shootings. 

O'Donnell also mentioned the need for merit-based immigration policies and term limits for members of congress in his six-minute address to the party leaders.

At the same time as O’Donnell was giving his acceptance speech to fellow GOP leaders, Maloney’s campaign fired off a news release stating that he received the Independence Party’s endorsement for re-election. “Since his first days in office, Congressman Maloney has found friends across the aisle to get important legislation passed into law to help our veterans, combat the heroin and opioid epidemic, and fix our failing infrastructure,” said Frank MacKay, chairman of the Independence Party of New York.


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