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Rochester Business Journal
February 1, 2013

Dear Editor:
 
Recently, the RBJ reported on readers' views of what were the top stories in our region in 2012 (RBJ, "Kodak ranks as top '12 story," 12/28/12). Not surprisingly, readers viewed Kodak and the recent congressional race as key local developments.
 
Sadly, the RBJ used this as an opportunity to print a vitriolic quote against me without informing readers that the source of the quote is purportedly an immediate family member of my opponent's campaign manager. As a subscriber to this paper, I expect better than that. I was stunned that the family of my opponent's staff was used as an objective source, and even more surprised readers were kept in the dark about the source's bias.
 
Fortunately, due to the hard work by our fantastic volunteers and a constituency that knew me better than the falsehoods spread during the campaign, I was able to prevail with a 15-point victory (not 14-point, as the RBJ reported), including the support of more than 70 percent of military ballots and 20 percent of Republicans.
 
In this new term of Congress, I'm eager to move past the destructive personal attacks of the campaign and focus on what matters to families in Monroe County: creating jobs, supporting our local economy, and balancing the budget in a responsible way. I hope that in the months ahead RBJ readers will have the opportunity to stay informed on the important work happening at the federal level to support Rochester-area jobs.
 
Rep. Louise Slaughter, Fairport2/1/13 (c) 2013 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email service@rbj.net.


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