With Katko’s decision to retire at the end of the year, Professor Grant Reeher says the new district could be up for grabs for a moderate democrat. "A Republican on the far right who's denying the legitimacy of the 2020 election, for example, is not going to win over a lot of independents,” says Reeher.
Rep. John Katko (R-NY 24th District) announced his retirement last week, creating an opportunity for Democrats to pick up a seat. But some experts warn that nominating someone who is too far to the left could turn off moderate voters, such as those who voted for both Biden and Katko in 2020.
Emily Thorson, assistant professor of political science, says that email helped lies that the 2020 election was rigged gain traction. Read more in the New York Times article, "Now in Your Inbox: Political Misinformation."
President Joe Biden recently held a virtual Summit for Democracy to amplify U.S. commitments to defend democracy. But what can the Biden administration realistically hope to achieve from the summit? Catherine Herrold, associate professor of public administration and international affairs, says, "A humbler approach is needed in which the United States creates a platform for dialogue about how to shift power to citizens rather than prescribing democracy templates." In their article "When Promoting Democracy, Less Is More," published in Foreign Policy, Herrold and co-author Aseem Prakash recommend three primary reforms.