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Houghton weighs in on White House race

April 7, 2016
By Jimmy McCarthy ( , Westfield Republican

The Republican presidential primary in New York is a few weeks away, and a former congressman representing Chautauqua County is chiming in with his thoughts.

Amory "Amo" Houghton Jr. said he's been asked whom he'd pick in the race featuring front-runner Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Houghton said he was leery about getting involved.

Houghton, who's closing in on 90, said in a letter that he'd take Kasich as the nominee for the upcoming primary, having spent time with him in the House of Representatives. Houghton, who served in World War II, represented New York's 34th district from 1987-1992, 31st district from 1993-2002, and the 29th district from 2003-04.

"He's the only candidate I know personally. I like him. I admire him, and having been in politics for a few years, he knows his stuff," he said.

Coming from a modest background, Houghton said Kasich has climbed the ladder and holds sound judgment.

"To me, that's the key element of leadership," he said. "I've always thought the USA was the indispensable nation in the world, and the head of it ought to be an indispensable person. I think John Kasich has that quality."

Houghton said he wouldn't pick Trump for a few reasons.

"First of all, I do not know Mr. Trump and never met him. Secondly, if I can be frank, from what I have read, I'm a bit scared of him not as a person, but as a president."

Houghton served on the International Relations and Ways and Means committees. He was the founder of the Republican Main Street Partnership, which is a coalition of Congress members holding conservative principles in economic and national security policy.



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