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Candidate announces plans to take on Tonko
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SCOTIA - With family, friends and supporters on hand, First National Bank of Scotia Chief Financial Officer Bob Dieterich says he's running for Congress.

"Today I announce my candidacy for Congressional District Number 21," Dieterich declared.

Actually, under the latest but still not final version of new congressional districts, Dieterich is running for the 20th district -- Albany, Schenectady, Troy and surrounding areas including southern Saratoga County. That's the district where Paul Tonko is expected to run for reelection.

Not that Dieterich actually mentioned Tonko in the prepared announcement -- instead running against the always unpopular Congress as a whole.

"I see a Congress where the priority seems to be tearing down the opposition rather than building the prosperity of the American people. I see people far more skilled at winning elections than at making the sound decisions this country needs so urgently," he said.

We asked Dieterich is this is what he's saying is wrong with Tonko?

"It appears that he's a very nice man," Dieterich answered. " I think he's made some very poor policy decisions and I think it mainly boils down to spending."

Tonko was in Washington Wednesday. A campaign spokesman says he welcomes the opportunity to have a civil debate on how to better the country and the economy for the working class.

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