New York Democratic candidate for Congress Matt Castelli said he moved to his constituency from DC for work, but it appears the job was in the running for Congress.
Matt Castelli, the Democrat who will face Representative Elise Stefanik, RN.Y., this November, has been the subject of numerous allegations about his past since taking up his candidacy for Congress, but the latest question of his candidacy has a to do with his job, or lack thereof.
Castelli, a former CIA officer, reportedly moved to New York’s 21st Congressional District – a vast rural and suburban region just hours from New York City – from Washington, DC, in August 2021, one month. before announcing his campaign for Congress. According to at least one interview, he moved to Saratoga, New York for work.
The financial information submitted by the candidate to the House of Ethics Bureau lists his most recent employer as Unite Us, a New York City-based veteran-founded technology company focused on the healthcare sector. However, no income has been reported from that location since he began his search for the heavily Republican district that shares the Canadian border.
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A representative of Castelli’s congressional campaign confirmed to Fox News Digital that Castelli ceased working with Unite Us three months after moving to the district, despite listing the company as his employer in January 2022. As of November 2021, Castelli he “campaigned full time”. The campaign says that due to the possibility of receiving commissions for previous jobs, they have decided to list the occupation anyway. Castelli earned no income from work in 2022 as he travels the 12-county district courting voters.
Castelli’s campaign now denies that his move was for work, but rather claims that his employment at the time “allowed” him to move to the district where GOP conference chairman Stefanik held the post.
Castelli’s team told Fox that his motivation for moving to the district had primarily to do with having friends and family in the area. Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, Castelli grew up in the Hudson Valley region, just north of New York City, about a two-hour drive from where he recently moved.
Although working with United Us did not require Castelli to relocate to the district, his campaign said that during his employment he represented the northeastern region of the United States, so the relocation improved his ability to do his job. According to the campaign, “NY-21 has the highest percentage of veterans in the state,” which would have been relevant to Castelli’s work at United Us.
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Castelli’s move to NY-21, after spending most of his career in the nation’s capital, was denounced by local media. In a Times Union column on Democrats vying for nomination before the primary election, writer Chris Churchill wrote “Stefanik can gleefully and somehow correctly mock them all as flag-wavers.”
In August, the Daily Mail reported that a number of Castelli’s former colleagues at the CIA said his time at the government agency was plagued by conduct problems, from alcoholism at work to inappropriate sexual encounters at work.
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Castelli’s campaign fervently denied the claims and dismissed the allegations as a “work of political success” by Stefanik’s allies.
According to the Castelli website, his desire to run for Congress stemmed from the fact that on January 6, 2021, “internal terrorists attacked the capital of the United States”.
The campaign told Fox News digital that Castelli “is a moderate who will address issues that matter to NY-21 voters such as fighting to reduce the cost of daily living for working families and seniors and build a strong economy. for all, protecting our freedoms and Second Amendment Rights and ensuring the safety and security of all Americans, including the protection of Social Security and Medicare. “
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As of the last available FEC deposit released in August, Castelli had raised $ 1,111,026 and Stefanik raised $ 6,915,373.
The seat is considered safe for Republicans and is unlikely to turn blue in the November 8 mid-term elections.