Last summer, my family took what we would later decide was our favorite family vacation thus far. We packed the car and headed north of Washington, DC, to Chautauqua Institute in New York state. I didn't know it at the time, but our trip took us through New York's 29th congressional district, represented by Republican congressman Tom Reed — a big "zero" on middle class issues.
The 29th has an interesting history. It was a "packed" Republican district until 2002, when redistricting turned it into a "cracked" district where neither party had a significant voting bloc. The 2008 election reversed the "crack" in Democrats favor. An unfortunate series of events in 2010 opened the "crack" in the 29th again, and Tom Reed fell through it.
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