U.S. Congressman Tom Reed, R-Corning.
Political opponents of a local Republican Congressman are pouncing on his recent tax trouble.
Today, they held a protest outside the office of Congressman Tom Reed, who represents the Southern Tier.
Local Democrats decided to pounce 11 days after it was revealed Reed was late paying his property taxes 38 times and one day after we learned Reed mistakenly paid a property tax bill with his campaign fund.
They held a small protest, calling for an independent audit of Reed's Congressional Office.
Reed, who narrowly won re-election last year, is considered a vulnerable Republican in 2014.
"We're into an early start of a campaign inside this congressional seat," Former Buffalo-area Republican Congressman said.
Reynolds called the protest the type of political theater taking place in competitive districts all across the country -- staged by both parties -- most of it orchestrated from Washington.
Political analyst Bruce Fisher says Reed's own carelessness opened the door.
"The Congressional office is another issue that's waiting to be explored," Fisher said. "And the only question that Tom Reed has is -- is there any more that he's going to have to explain."
REPORTER: How much political trouble is Tom Reed in?>
REYNOLDS: Historically, I've seen that these instances are not life-threatening to a re-election. . . .But if there are more things to occur, it's all of that adding up that then does make it a little bit more of a real question of -- as he takes all of those issues and his record to the voters.