The first of the series of debates between Congressman John Katko and Democratic Party candidate Dana Balter on Wednesday got heated when Balter accused Katko of illegally allowing a campaign contribution from the aviation industry to influence his vote on an amendment to the TSA PreCheck Expansion Act he introduced in June of 2015.
In a statement released on Thursday, Katko’s communications Director Erin O’Connor blasted Balter for making what she called a grave, slanderous, and entirely unsubstantiated claim against the Congressman. She added all members of the House Homeland Security committee supported the amendment mentioned by Balter, which was proposed by Democrats on the committee.
The two candidates are scheduled to have three more televised debates next Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Balter has overtaken Katko when it comes to fundraising. Balter has just over $621,000 on hand compared to Katko’s $52,000 campaign war chest.
The Balter campaign says most of the $367,000 raised in the first two weeks of October came from individual donors.
While the incumbent Katko may be trailing in the cash battle, with 11 days until election day Real Clear Politics still lists the 24th district as ‘likely GOP.’