Q & A with Peter Quinn of WBGH

The following video is the full questions and answers from WBGH, News 34, to Michael Vasquez on April 23, 2013 after the announcement of the launch of an exploratory committee with regard to the 2014 NY 22nd Congressional District race.

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Q & A with Peter Quinn of WBGH

Transcript: Michael “Vass” Vasquez announces exploratory committee

Hello and thank you all for joining me today.

Many of you may know me as Michael Vass, my business name found on the thousands of articles and political commentary I have written over the past 7 years, found in virtually all search engines. But today I want to introduce myself with my actual name of Michael Vasquez. Because now is the time for full disclosure and forthright answers. Because now we must expect more, and deserve to get more.

Back when I was a stockbroker in the 1990′s, I registered Michael Vass as my business name with the SEC. Since that time I have continued to used it in all my business ventures, including my political commentary. Writing about politics can often stir many emotions, and the internet is a vast place where some react in less than savory ways. Sometimes these negative reactions can even lead to real world extremes and danger. But as of today I am giving up this layer of protection, because voters in the NY 22nd District deserve to know who is speaking to them.

Over nearly a decade I have been actively reporting and following issues from the local to the international level. I have written literally tens of thousands of words, conveying both the problems facing the nation as well as the efforts of our elected officials to resolve these issues. Often, like many of us all, I have felt the frustration as political gridlock stalled efforts and legislation after legislation either went unread or was altered such that it became ineffective. For more than a decade Congress has garnered ever lower approval ratings. The net result is a Government that is failing the populace.

Like others in the news media and over the internet, I have made great effort to convert the polispeak that is common in Government, and delved into more than just the 30 second soundbites that pass for explanations of what is being done on behalf of constituents. I have interviewed elected officials and candidates of both Parties, and presented unedited video so a complete record is available to the public.

The hope was that this added attention could help to promote a renewed accountability among elected officials – but even with the full weight of the internet and news media, Government continues to act without connection to the average American.

It’s because of this lack of connection, this inaction, this ineptitude if we want to be really honest, that I first considered running for elected office. The fact that 47% of Congress, which includes members of both Parties, are millionaires, and more than a 1/3 are career politicians, added to my thoughts. The fact that some 59% of the public (according to recent polls) feel the nation is on the wrong path, solidified my conviction and confirmed my feelings. As this day approached, I drew inspiration from the past.

103 years ago today, President Theodore Roosevelt made a historic speech. That speech conveyed an important message – the man in the arena. He said,

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

I take from that speech the need for average Americans to be directly involved with how Government is run. To ensure that Government, at all levels, is accountable and responsive to the needs of the public. Because career politicians and millionaires, good people that they are, are not the average American living day-to-day with the concerns of the masses. They do not feel the impact of their decisions in the same way that your family and friends and children feel it. That does not make them bad people as some insist, but it does make them out of touch and unconnected to the needs of the voters they represent.

Congress needs to reconnect to the public it serves. Government must be reminded that its purpose is to provide only what the public cannot. Those in elected office, and those that would seek it, must raise the bar on what is to be expected, strived for, and achieved.

Thus it is in the spirit of one of the great American Presidents, on the anniversary of his speech praising the sweat and labor of the average American, that I am launching my exploratory committee for the 2014 NY 22nd Congressional seat.

In the coming weeks and months I look forward to meeting with the constituents of the NY 22nd District. I look forward to sharing my views and making sure that the 2014 election is about the concerns of voters and their needs. That the election will be about getting these things done, improving the quality of life for this generation and those to come.

For those interested in learning more about me, I suggest my website or come see me speaking across the 22nd District.

As voters we expect more, and in 2014 let’s get it.

Thank you

Michael Vasquez Announces Exploratory Committee for 2014 Congressional Race in New York

Binghamton, NY (PRWEB) April 23, 2013

Michael “Vass” Vasquez, founder and President of M V Consulting, Inc., announced that he is forming an exploratory committee ( in anticipation of a possible 2014 U.S. House of Representatives run.

More about the exploratory committee can be found at

Michael "Vass" Vasquez - President of M V Consulting, Inc

Michael “Vass” Vasquez – President of M V Consulting, Inc

Mr. Vasquez is testing the waters on a run for the New York 22nd Congressional District, currently held by Rep. Richard Hanna, a fellow Republican. This means that Rep. Hanna could be faced with a Primary battle to maintain his seat in Congress.

In a statement Mr. Vasquez said, “Elections are important. From what they mean as a symbol of our freedom, to the massive effort committed by candidates and supporters, to the choices made by voters in primaries and on election day. I have come to this decision with much deliberation, having seen first-hand the dedication and sweat of several campaigns I have interviewed and followed over the years.

Still the toll of even testing the waters is worth the net result that voters will receive come election day. The process ensures that the best candidates – that have a grasp of the issues constituents hold dear, that are connected to the communities, that are willing to stand up and speak and go to the floor of Congress and legislate for the betterment of the people they represent and the nation at large – are the candidates that voters get to choose from. Not just this or that political party, but the very best ideals and representation. That is what elected office is supposed to be about, and why I am testing the waters.”

About Michael “Vass” Vasquez

Mr. Vasquez, best known by his business name Michael Vass, has been an active political commentator via the VASS – Political Commentary website ( and as a reporter for the Binghamton Political Buzz In 2008 he was selected by TV One to provide coverage of the Presidential election to readers of the TV One website. In 2010 and 2012, Mr. Vasquez provided extensive coverage of the elections in the Southern Tier of New York and the Presidential election.

Mr. Vasquez, has been cited on immigration, interviewed politicians and candidates of both political parties, and has written over 1500 articles and commentaries, in addition to video reporting, since 2007.

In addition, Mr. Vasquez has worked as a securities account executive and a consultant for an investor relations firm. Mr. Vasquez continues to own M V Consulting, Inc. a diversified internet consulting company that owns several blogs and online stores. Currently Mr. Vasquez is also a registered auto and home insurance agent, working in the Binghamton NY area.

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