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Coverage of central and northern New York's congressional races, including the primary races and the general election.Races covered include the 24th Congressional District, currently held by Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus), who is running for reelection; the 22nd Congressional District, currently held by Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld), who is retiring; and the 21st Congressional District, currently held by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Willsboro).

Hanna calls Republican National Convention a huge disappointment

Karen DeWitt

Among the many Republican public officials sitting out of this week's GOP national convention is central New York Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld). The moderate congressman reiterated that he does not support nor will he vote for the GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

"A lot of people are just looking for an outlet to react to their -- I think rightful -- disdain, disgust with government," Hanna said. "But electing someone who's not competent to do the job is the opposite of what I think people should be doing."

Hanna called the Republican National Convention a "huge disappointment" in part because of the conservative platform it adopted which advocates against funding Planned Parenthood clinics and against same-sex marriage.

"I've always supported women's healthcare. I've always supported LGBT rights. I don't believe the world is flat. I think global climate change is something we at least ought to talk about," Hanna said. "So those are things that I'm deeply at odds with the party over."

Hanna said he has not ruled out voting for the Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Hanna made his comments in an answer to reporter questions during an event in Mexico, NY.

Hanna represents New York's 22nd Congressional District, which covers all or portions of eight counties. He is retiring at the end of his term.

Payne Horning is a reporter and producer, primarily focusing on the city of Oswego and Oswego County. He has a passion for covering local politics and how it impacts the lives of everyday citizens. Originally from Iowa, Horning moved to Muncie, Indiana to study journalism, telecommunications and political science at Ball State University. While there, he worked as a reporter and substitute host at Indiana Public Radio. He also covered the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly for the statewide Indiana Public Broadcasting network.