by Derek Scarlino/Love and Rage
UTICA, N.Y. – Former Utica Councilman Jim Zecca, who has come out in vocal support of the presidential ambitions of Donald Trump over the past year, is planning a rally on Friday August 5 in front of the Utica office of Congressman Richard Hanna (R).
The demonstration is planned in response to the waves Hanna has made in recent days as a Republican who will not be endorsing or voting for Donald Trump in November’s election. Hanna’s opposition has garnered national media attention, though it’s not the first time he has encouraged voters to place their votes elsewhere.
In 2012, Hanna, then offering very lonely support the Equal Rights Amendment on behalf of Republicans, went on record saying that women should donate money to Democratic candidates as the GOP does not value the needs and issues of women in the United States.
Zecca, a Democrat, has also helped plan and facilitate other Trump rallies in the area in recent months, and also supported the failed moratorium on Muslim refugees presented to the Utica Common Council last fall by another former Councilperson, Frank Vescera.
The rally, to protest Representative Hanna’s decision, is set to take place at 4 P.M. on the corner of Genesee and Court Streets in Downtown Utica.