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Political Note #308 Nancy Goroff NY CD 01
2020 General El;ection
35.5 – 30.6. In 2018, Businessman Perry Gershon won the Democratic Primary against Kate Browning
51.5 – 47.4 In 2018, Incumbent Republican Lee Zeldin defeated Perry Gershon in the General Election
36.1 – 34.8 in 2020 Professor Nancy Goroff https://www.goroffforcongress.com defeated Perry Gershon in the Democratic Primary
Can Nancy Goroff do better in the 2020 General Election? Can she win the General Election?
Nancy Goroff has some experience in academic politics. She graduated from Harvard University in 1990 – majoring in chemistry. Ten years before Lawrence Summers became President of Harvard. Fifteen years before Lawrence Summers explained that, because of genetic differences, women were worse at science than men.
She earned her doctorate in organic chemistry at UCLA in 1994. A quick pace for completing a doctorate. She did a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan before joining the faculty at Stony Brook University. She has served there as interim Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Provost, and chemistry department chair. Among her projects are developing a roadmap for men and women to start and sustain careers in chemistry. So much for Lawrence Summers.
Other projects Nancy Goroff has initiated or supervised include the development of batteries for storing solar energy and business partnerships through which students can innovate and find permanent jobs. Internally, she led an effort to ensure that academic researchers at Stony Brook, previously denied health care coverage, would get health insurance. So much for academic politics.
Nancy Goroff’s interest in the regular political world comes because she sees her world in danger. The Republican administration, supported by the local incumbent Congressman, ignores science; ignores facts. The Republican administration is unwilling to address climate change. Climate change is attacking her eastern Long Island home and Congressional District. Like other districts along the American coasts, the people of Nancy Goroff’s NY 01 are facing a rise in the sea level and coastal erosion.
Nancy Goroff is running against Republican incumbent Lee Zeldin, first elected in 2014 at the age of 34. Young man that he is, he found his mentor in 2016 when Donald Trump was elected president. The policies he supports are very different from Nancy Goroff’s views. In the state senate he was a leader in setting a limit to the property tax, He opposed same sex marriage and opposed gun safety legislation. In Congress he opposed the Common Core public school curriculum, the Paris Accord against climate change, the Affordable Care Act, and funding women’s health services including abortion.
Lee Zeldin’s behavior is Trump-like. Reacting to recent gun violence in New York City, he demanded that Mayor William de Blasio be removed from office. On the other hand, he wants to keep Confederate statues. He’s a Fox News regular and has attacked Adam Schiff.
Nancy Goroff would be a breath of fresh air. That she is a scientist helps. She understands what’s needed to fight Covid-19. Her approaches to health care and the environment are grounded in science. She is an advocate for reforming the criminal justice system, for gun safety and for women.
Nancy Goroff https://www.goroffforcongress.com needs help making her case. She entered July with $300,000 to spend on the rest of her campaign. She has personal resources that will allow her to make a large contribution, but they may not be enough to offset the incumbent. Lee Zeldin had $2.6 million at the beginning of July. Every dollar you can give will make it possible to flip one more New York House district. That is a goal worth targeting.
Below are Congressional seats Democrats are trying to flip from incumbent Republicans. The ones with asterisks* ran in 2018. In 2018, Democrats flipped 40 Republican seats in the House. Let’s flip 20 more.
Alaska AL Alyce Galvin* to defeat incumbent Don Young
Arizona 06 Hiral Tipirneni* to defeat incumbent David Schweikert
Arkansas 02. Joyce Elliott to defeat incumbent French Hill
California 25. Christy Smith to defeat incumbent Mike Garcia who won the May special election.
California 50 Ammar Campa-Hajjar* to win this now open Rep seat
Colorado 03 Diane Mitsch Bush to in this now open Republican seat
Florida 15 Adam Hattersley to defeat incumbent Ross Spano
Florida 16 Margaret Good to defeat incumbent Vern Buchanan
Georgia 07 Carolyn Bordeaux* to win this open seat
Illinois 13 Betsy Dirksen Londrigen* to defeat Rodney Davis
Indiana 05 Christina Hale to win this open Republican seat
Iowa 04 JD Scholten* to win this open seat
Kansas 02 Michelle De La Isla to defeat incumbent Steve Watkins
Michigan 03. Hillary Scholten to win this open seat
Michigan 06 Jon Hoadley to defeat incumbent Fred Upton
Minnesota 01 Dan Feehan* to defeat incumbent Jim Hagedorn
Missouri 02 Jill Schupp to defeat incumbent Ann Wagner
Montana AL Kathleen Williams* to win this open Republican seat
Nebraska 02. Kara Eastman to defeat incumbent Don Bacon
New York 01 Nancy Goroff to defeat. Incumbent Lee Zeldin
New York 02 Jackie Gordon to win this open Republican seat
New York 21 Tedra Cobb* to defeat incumbent Elise Stefanic
New York 24 Dana Balter* to defeat incumbent John Katko
North Carolina 09. Cynthia Wallace to defeat incumbent Dan Bishop
Pennsylvania 01 Christina Finello to defeat incumbent Brian Fitzpatrick
Pennsylvania 10 Eugene DePasquale to defeat incumbent Scott Perry
Texas 02 Sima Ladjervardian to defeat incumbent Dan Crenshaw
Texas 21 Wendy Davis to defeat incumbent Chip Roy
Texas 22 Sri Preston Kalkuri to win this open Republican seat
Texas 23 Gina Ortiz Jones* to win this open Republican seat
Texas 24 Candace Valenzuela to win this open Republican seat
Virginia 05 B. Cameron Webb to win this open Republican seat
Washington 03 Carolyn Long* to defeat incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler
Wisconsin 07 Tricia Zunker to defeat incumbent Tom Tiffany who won the May Special Election