On Sunday, Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado made some news: He’s voting “yes” on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
A day later, the Democratic-allied House Majority PAC wasn’t touting the vote of a swing-district freshman, but instead crediting him for helping reduce the cost of prescription drugs in a new ad.
“The soaring cost of prescription drugs is one of the most pressing issues facing America’s families and Rep. Antonio Delgado has shown he is working tirelessly to deliver results on behalf of New York families,” said Abby Curran Horrell, executive director of House Majority Forward.
“The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act is a bill that will reduce prescription drug costs for millions, and Rep. Antonio Delgado has shown real leadership in tackling the issues most important to New York families.”
On the right, meanwhile, the Congressional Leadership Fund was blasting Delgado’s vote as a needless distraction.
“Antonio Delgado officially told his district that his hatred for President Trump and their crusade to remove him from office is more important than pretending to be a moderate,” said Calvin Moore, a spokesman for the group.
“Delgado wants to cancel the votes of his constituents and deny them the right to choose the result of the next election for themselves. Congressman Delgado is everything that’s wrong with Washington and it’s why it’s time for voters to send him packing next November.”
That’s the diametrically opposing arguments being put to voters back home in the districts of Democrats who represent battleground seats in Congress: Impeachment is a distraction or, look over, Congress is still working on other issues beyond the momentous decision of removing a president.
It’s an argument that will likely morph over the next 11 months or so heading into the November elections.
Delgado last year flipped the seat in the Hudson Valley, defeating Republican John Faso for a district Democrats have long eyed as a potential pickup.
Further north, Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi is openly agonizing over his vote on impeachment and is yet to reveal his decision. Brindisi is running for re-election where Rep. Claudia Tenney has been embraced by President Trump. Tenney is running again for the seat she lost in 2018.
The House Majority PAC released a similar ad for Brindisi in his district on Monday.