Brendan Keany

Ortt Officially Declares for NY27

State senator becomes third Republican to announce campaign

August 17, 2019 - 12:16 pm

LOCKPORT (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - While it was essentially known on Friday, State Senator Rob Ortt officially announced his intention to run for the Congress as the representative of New York's 27th Congressional District.

Listen to the full announcement below:

Ortt is the third Republican to announce a bid for the seat, joining State Senator Chris Jacobs and Attorney Beth Parlato, and there are other candidates possibly on the horizon. Ortt discussed that dynamic and what he has to do to stand out.

"We're going to tell our story; I think we have a unique brand here," said Ortt. "If you look at where this district is, sort of the fluidity, it's a wide-open race right now, and I think it's a critical time for the President - he's going to be up for re-election, and he certainly needs allies in Congress."

The 27th Congressional District is historically known as a strongly conservative one, and with the intriguing race upcoming, political analyst Carl Calabrese commented on Ortt's chances.

"If Rob Ortt becomes the nominee, he would be a very formidable candidate in that district given the makeup of that district," said Calabrese. "It's a very conservative district; it's a very pro-Trump, pro-Second Amendment, pro-life district, and Rob Ortt matches up with all of those very strongly."

Listen to Calabrese's comments below:

Ortt also spoke about current Congressman Chris Collins.

"Look, he's been in this district for a couple of years; he's certainly been in the media, so he has high name ID, and I think he's done a great job of supporting the President," said Ortt. "But right now, he hasn't made his plans known as to what he's going to do, this is a wide-open race, and so I think there's a long way to go before June, which is the primary, and I think we're going to do a great job as we get out there and meet voters. I think our story is going to resinate; I think my message will resinate, and I think we'll see our support climb."

Listen to Ortt's full comments below:

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