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Army vet looking to unseat Schumer

February 25, 2016
By Jimmy McCarthy ( , Westfield Republican

A 52-year-old Syracuse resident is taking aim at unseating U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer in the November election.

James P. LaSpino is a U.S. Army and New York National Guard veteran who will run as an independent candidate against the Democratic senator. LaSpino said he's concerned America is heading the wrong way and "down a slippery slope."

Schumer, D-N.Y., is seeking his fourth term as senator and is in line to take over as the next Senate Democratic leader in place of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., next year.

LaSpino said many politicians of both parties in Washington, D.C., are contributing to the country's growing problems. LaSpino said he wants to stop Schumer from assuming an even more powerful position in the Senate.

"For that reason, as a concerned patriotic citizen, it is a priority of mine to run against and defeat Schumer," LaSpino said in a statement. "America cannot afford to have this man gain such power."

LaSpino said he backs a strong military but is opposed to the U.S. being the "policeman" of the world.



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