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U.S. Senate candidate challenging Sen. Chuck Schumer stops in Syracuse

Joe Pinion sits in a chair as he is interviewed.
Scott Willis
U.S. Senate candidate Joe Pinion sits in a chair in the lobby of a North Syracuse hotel as he is interviewed by WAER's Scott Willis.

One of the six Republican United States Senate hopefuls aiming to unseat incumbent Senator and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stopped by Syracuse Thursday to introduce himself and meet with local leaders. Joe Pinion knows his path to the senate is a difficult one. First, he will have to rise above five other candidates for the nomination, and Pinion says, he is not overlooking the possibility of a primary election.

“If we get in the primary, the choice for who should represent and be the standard bearer for our party must be who is capable of making an argument compelling to people of all political persuasions, to make sure that Chuck Schumer can be put in the retirement home of politics once and for all. I think I am that choice. That is why we got in this race to make sure that we can bring a certain level of decency back to government, for the people of this state.”

Chuck Schumer was first elected to the senate in 1998 and has already raised $30 million for his campaign for a fifth term. But Pinion is not concerned with finding people to support what he calls his grassroots campaign. He promises that if elected, he will tackle issues that impact New Yorkers and stretch beyond just politics—something Pinion says Chuck Schumer has failed to do.

“Chuck Schumer, his fingerprints are on everything that has gone wrong in our politics today, and certainly a embodiment of what most people find distasteful about the state of our politics. And so you have a home on this campaign, because our issues are not political. Our issues are prioritizing the human needs of the American people and the Forgotten needs of the New Yorker.”

Pinion, who is from Yonkers, will travel to New York City tomorrow afternoon but will be back in Syracuse next week as he continues his campaign ahead of the primary on June 28.

The other GOP candidates include Mark Szuszkiewicz, Alex Mici, Pat Hahn, Joshua Eisen, and Tyrrell Lev Sharif Ben-Avi.