‘Progress is not partisan’: Only Republican in race for Rep. Lowey’s seat speaks to News 12

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Josh Eisen, a Republican, recently sat down for an interview with News 12’s Tara Rosenblum after becoming the eighth candidate in the race for Rep. Nita Lowey’s congressional seat in the 17th District.

So far, the businessman is the only Republican to vie for the seat. Rep. Lowey, the first women to ever head the House Appropriations Committee is retiring at the end of her term after 31 years in office.

“People call me a glutton for punishment. I call myself a progressive Republican,” said Eisen.

He says he believes a Republican can win with the seat, which has been a Democratic stronghold.

“A Republican can win in this [political] climate. At the end of the day, people make decisions about an individual with compelling ideas,” he said.

Eisen spent decades starting, owning and investing in small businesses in the legal and education spaces. He's also the son of a Holocaust survivor, which is why he says he has a passion to stand up to radicalism.

Eisen has already laid out an ambitious list of priorities, including a Medicare rehaul and a $500 million investment into commercial drones.

“We've all seen the technology where a drone can drop an 800-pound payload within a quarter-inch anywhere across the globe. That the technology hasn't made it to the consumer is unfathomable and it needs to happen,” said Eisen.

Another Republican, former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is also said to be considering a run. News 12 has learned Astorino was meeting with party officials in Washington Monday, but he has not said whether he's finalized a decision.

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