John Katko

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John Katko
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Candidate for
U.S. House, New York, District 24
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolBishop Ludden High School
Bachelor'sNiagara University
J.D.Syracuse University College of Law
Personal
Birthday1962
Place of birthSyracuse
ProfessionAssistant U.S. Attorney
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Campaign website
John Katko is a 2014 Republican, Conservative and Independence Party candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 24th Congressional District of New York.[1] He ran unopposed for all three nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014.[2]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Katko listed the following issues on his campaign website:[3]

  • Katko opposes the 2010 Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and he supports a revision or repeal of the law.
  • Katko opposes Common Core but supports federal funding of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  • Katko believes that climate change is real and that the nation should strive for energy independence.
  • Katko opposes abortion on demand and federal funding of abortions.
  • Katko supports an immigration policy that is "tough, fair, and practical."
  • Katko opposes federal firearm bans, a national gun ownership registry, and federal restrictions on the lawful purchase of firearms and ammunition.
  • Katko supports better enforcement of already existing gun laws.
  • Katko supports the following services for veterans: "increased mental health services," "smoother transfers from military health to veterans’ health systems," "faster claims processing," and "expanded highest quality services and facilities within our local VA health care network."
  • Katko supports a strong national defense.
  • Katko believes that marriage is a state issue and has not explicitly supported or opposed same-sex marriage.

Controversy

Stolen pistol used in shooting

Before beginning his 2014 run for U.S. Congress, Katko worked as a federal prosecutor in Syracuse, New York. During his 2014 bid for election, reports surfaced that on April 3, 2000, during his time as a federal prosecutor, someone had broken into his truck and stolen his pistol. That same pistol was used a couple of weeks later in a shooting at an illegal gambling house. The shooting killed two men and injured a third.[4]

Katko stated that he had obtained the gun in response to threats against him and his family, "at the urging of the United States Marshals Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation."[5] Katko reported that he had left the gun in a locked case in his truck, but a police report claimed that the gun was actually loaded and in a canvas bag in his truck. Although Katko broke no gun laws, some believed that he "likely violated federal policies for the safe handling and storage of government-issued weapons."[4] Katko's critics said that he should have kept the gun in a locked box or secured with a trigger lock.

Katko commented that he had no regrets about purchasing the gun and opposed passing any new federal gun laws, including laws to expand background checks for firearm purchases. He also opposed the New York SAFE Act.[4]

Elections

2014

See also: New York's 24th Congressional District elections, 2014

Katko is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 24th District. Katko ran unopposed for the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014. Katko will challenge incumbent Dan Maffei (D-DeWitt) in the general election.

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Katko's reports.[6]

John Katko (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[7]April 13, 2014$0.00$105,650.00$(4,117.33)$101,532.67
Running totals
$105,650$(4,117.33)

Media

  • Katko released his first campaign ad in August 2014. The ad discussed Katko's experience as a federal prosecutor working in Syracuse for the U.S. Attorney's Office.[8]
  • Katko released another campaign ad in September 2014, in which Appreonna Sullivan praised Katko for working to keep her neighborhood safe and for acting as her personal mentor.[9]

Katko 2014 campaign ad, "Courage"

Katko 2014 campaign ad, "There For All of Us"

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