The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, long considered a supporter of Republicans in key swing districts across the country, endorsed Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado for a second term.
Delgado is the latest Democratic incumbent running for re-election in a swing district to win the support of the business-backed group. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, who is fending off a challenge from Republican former Rep. Claudia Tenney, was also endorsed by the chamber.
"In challenging times, we are reminded of the importance of having leaders who understand the genius of the American system of government and free enterprise and who are willing to tackle the hard problems that confront our nation. Rep. Antonio Delgado's continued leadership in Congress will benefit the nation as we combat the coronavirus, work to restore economic growth, and expand opportunities for all Americans," said U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Thomas Donohue.
Both Democrats are seeking re-election to swing battlegroud House districts. Delgado flipped the Hudson Valley seat in 2018, unseating Rep. John Faso. This year he faces Republican Kyle Van De Water.
"Small businesses are the backbone of our rural communities and upstate economies," Delgado said. "To build a better future for our region, we must continue to invest in our small businesses and make sure they have the resources they need to rebuild from this global health crisis. Every day, I'm working to hear from business owners across all eleven counties to understand their needs and advocate for their recovery at the federal level. I'm proud to be endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and I'll keep fighting for every small business and working to create economic opportunity for every person in NY-19."