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New York Delegation to Appear at Fundraiser for John Faso

Gibson, who won the seat in 2014, will not seek re-election, prompting campaigns by Faso and others. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As he seeks his party’s nod in New York’s open 19th District, Republican John Faso is getting a little help from his friends in Washington.  

On Tuesday, three weeks after Faso launched his campaign, he is scheduled to be in the District of Columbia for a major fundraiser that will feature eight Republicans from the Empire State's congressional delegation as "special guests," according to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call.

John Faso Enters Race to Replace Chris Gibson

Chris Gibson is a New York Republican. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican John Faso launched his campaign for Congress in New York’s 19th District on Tuesday –  joining Andrew Heaney in an upstate primary race that precedes what could be a close election to replace outgoing Rep. Chris Gibson.  

In recent years, Faso, a former Republican leader in the New York State Assembly from Kinderhook, has only served as a political donor, avoiding electoral politics, himself, since his 2006 loss to Democrat Eliot Spitzer in the governor’s race. But Faso – now a partner at the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips – began exploring a run in July, and this week made it official. While announcing his campaign, he praised Gibson, who he helped elect to Congress in 2010, but pushed an outsider message – saying “at every turn, Washington is making it hard for families and job creators.”