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Not a goodbye but a change in focus on the NY-22 congressional race

First I want to thank all my supporters and friends that have helped me over the last year as I have pushed to provide the voters and residents of the New York 22nd Congressional District with a clear, consistent, and accountable alternative to an incumbent that is not connected to them. It has been a year of many personal sacrifices, from the monetary to the professional and beyond. All of that has been worth it, as while I am departing from the race as a candidate, there is an even more credible and worthy challenger in Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, whom I support fully.

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I created an exploratory committee in April 2013 because after years of political commentary where I watched incumbents flip-flop on issues and fail to be accountable to the desires of their constituents I was as fed-up as anyone. The fact that Rep. Richard Hanna was my Representative and was as inconsistent and unaccountable as many of the worst in Congress demanded action, and I felt political commentary was not enough.

It didn’t take long to learn that my initial thoughts and observations were correct. Voters had succumb to apathy in regard to elections, after watching members of Congress get re-elected while the nation received no benefit from their presence in Washington D.C. Ever fewer people were voting, or even paying attention to the issues, because the machine of politics seemed unstoppable. I felt I could do something about that.

Often I was told that I could never raise enough money. While money is a factor in reaching the 700,000+ residents in the NY-22, I firmly believe that it is NOT the most important factor on running for or holding elected office. While I would never be able to take on Rep. Hanna in a battle of funds, having more or less money will never make bad votes in Congress better. Having a Representative in Congress that understands the impact of the decisions on Congress on the average American, is to quote the commercial, priceless.

I was told, by a selected few, that I should wait my turn or that I had not earned the right to run. Both answers fail to appear in the Constitution and FEC election requirements. More importantly, such comments negate the years of political commentary I have under my belt. It ignores my literally hundreds of articles and Youtube videos, and interviews with every candidate and incumbent in the Southern Tier and lower Central New York. If discussing the issues of the day that impact millions in this nation and abroad, and standing up for the core values of Conservatives and Republicans is not “earning it” I doubt any incumbent in Congress should be in office (which for more than a few would be a good thing).

Yet for all the naysaying, and shutouts to County Committees (Broome and Oswego in particular), never once has ANYONE ever said that I was seeking the wrong goals. Not once has there been an argument in favor of whether we are being represented by a consistent and clear voice in Congress. Not once has anyone stated that standing up for veterans, cutting the corporate tax rate, giving STEM jobs to Americans first, trying to fix the national debt, and ensuring we have a nation that is not a mirror image of Big Brother is anything but the right course of action for our Representative in Congress to take.

So I bucked the system. I stepped out and dared to take on an incumbent, with no prior elected experience – something that more than a few in Congress right now did as well when they were first elected.

In the space of a year I helped to raise the bar on the NY-22 election. A race that went from a given Republican win for the incumbent, to a Primary race that features no Democrat in opposition and credible dedicated challengers focused on the issues that I believe all Americans want to be discussed and resolved by Congress. As a novice candidate I reached the lips of D.C. and forced a question to be asked – if an incumbent shares none of the values of their Party or constituents should they be supported in a re-election?

But don’t think this is all about me. Though the word I is used a lot understand that I am only the front person for a wave of people that made donations, organized events, bought supplies and printed materials, ensured that I arrived at various speaking opportunities, and so many more behind the scenes issues that are critical to any campaign. Together we have been the I that voters have learned about.

Thus, due to these efforts, many credible Republicans and Conservatives from across the district pondered the question that now had to be asked. Many paid attention to the 20 minute debates that waged in the County Committees as more than a few argued that Rep. Richard Hanna is not the best choice for the NY-22, and another choice is available. Rep. Hanna may have gotten the headlines he wanted, but there is no unity in his support.

Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney

NY-22 candidate Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney


All of this led to Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney entering the race. She is a candidate that encompasses all the positives that I have, and which caused Rep. Hanna concern, while not sharing my weaknesses. Assemblywoman Tenney has experience as an elected official (having won election and re-election by 2 to 1 margins). She has a record of votes – consistently voting the will of her constituents, without compromise of her core values as a Conservative and Republican. She is a successful businesswoman, with more access to capital of her own as well as a base of supporters and donations. If I had these things I would not exit this race, but then again if I had them Rep. Richard Hanna would not be in office either.

So I have succeeded, in part. I leave the race for the NY-22 congressional seat without defeat. More importantly, the issues I have brought up, the flip-flops that the incumbent wants to avoid discussing, the lack of consistency and attacks on his own Party, are all on the table. No longer can Rep. Hanna count on Committees (like Broome County and Oswego County) shutting out opposition. No longer can Rep. Hanna count on the news media to favor an elected official. No longer can Rep. Hanna ignore constituents in favor of special interests.

Rep. Hanna faced a credible threat in my run for elected office, and with Asseblywoman Tenney he faces more than a match. Where Rep. Hanna attacks the Party and its core values, Assemblywoman Tenney supports them. Where Rep. Hanna avoids the public and taking a stance on the issues, Assemblywoman Tenney embraces them.

Yet, I am not done. I will continue my efforts to re-ignite the passion of the public for politics. I will stand up for the issues the people believe in, lending my voice whenever I can help to make a difference. An example is me speaking on April 12th at an anti-NY Safe Act rally. There will be more.

I once said that I want to make sure there is an accountable, credible, consistent voice in Congress representing the New York 22nd Congressional District. In departing the race, and lending my support to Assemblywoman Tenney, I believe that we can achieve that goal. Because the status quo that Rep. Hanna embodies is not good enough. We are Americans and we expect more, we deserve more, and with Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney we can have more.

Again I thank you for this invaluable experience and the chance to help improve our nation, our district, and our future. I hope I have earned your faith in me.

Sincerely

Michael Vasquez

Press Release – Michael Vasquez to exit NY-22 congressional race

For immediate release
For questions or comment please contact 6072429247
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Binghamton, NY – 4/2/14
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After a year of effort to draw attention to the inconsistent votes, flip-flops on issues, and contradictions in public statements that have been the signature of the tenure of Rep. Richard Hanna, Conservative Republican Michael Vasquez will be stepping aside to allow a focused and unified effort to unseat the self admitted Moderate.

Mr. Vasquez stated,

“Once Assemblywoman Tenney joined the election, I took some time to re-evaluate the political landscape, setting aside my ego and focusing on the best result for the public. My conclusion was that a race between the incumbent, Assemblywoman Tenney and myself would fracture the vote – which is to the disadvantage of the District. Thus I am devoting my voice and efforts to a unified challenge under the banner of a consistent, clear, accountable candidate that holds the same convictions and priorities that I and the people of the NY-22 hold – Assemblywoman Tenney.”

Mr. Vasquez, a small business owner and political commentator further stated,

“This is not a loss for me, nor is this a victory for Rep. Hanna. In exiting the Republican Primary for the New York 22nd Congressional District I am helping Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney achieve the goal that motivated me to run for this elected office – defeating an incumbent that has little connection to the public he is sworn to represent.”

Michael Vasquez is a former Marine Reservist, former stockbroker, current auto insurance agent, and small business owner that has engaged in political commentary for almost a decade. In April 2013 He created an exploratory committee, and determined that a significant portion of the NY-22 disagreed with the incumbent on the issues and votes the incumbent has taken. In November 2013 Mr. Vasquez announced his run for the NY-22 congressional seat on the Republican ticket.

Though no longer a candidate, Mr. Vasquez intends to continue to fight for an accountable Congress, and repeal of laws – like Obamacare and the NY Safe Act – that have been forced upon a public that never wanted them. Mr. Vasquez will be speaking at an anti-NY Safe Act rally on April 12th.

Press Release: Assemblywoman Tenney enters NY-22 congressional race

For Immediate Release
From the campaign of Michael Vasquez for Congress – contact 6072429247 for comment or questions
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On 3/26/14 Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney announced that she officially has entered the race for the NY 22nd Congressional District. This now means that there are 4 potential candidates, in a race that has no Democrat challenger.

At this time there is no Democrat announced or seeking petitions to our knowledge. This elevates the June 24th primary vote to a de facto election – the winner of which will be the presumptive Representative in Congress for the district.

We feel that Assemblywoman Tenney joining the race only emphasizes the position that candidate Michael Vasquez has made since announcing his exploration committee in April 2013. The New York 22nd district is in need of an accountable voice in Congress that reflects the views of the public and is consistent in supporting the core values of constituents.

Candidate Vasquez stated,

“I count as a success the entrance of Assemblywoman Tenney into this race. The bar has been raised and the attention on this race, both across the State and nationally, has increased exponentially. Rep. Hanna can no longer try to avoid discussing the issues and flip-flopping on his positions.”

Michael Vasquez went on to state,

“I will evaluate this change in the political landscape, with a focus on what is the best opportunity for the people of the NY-22 to receive the leadership and strength of convictions that are currently absent our congressional seat, in my opinion. This has never been about ego, and my decisions going forward will be based solely on what is best for the nation and the people of the district.”

Michael Vasquez created an exploratory committee on a potential run for the NY 22nd Congressional seat in April 2013. November 18, 2013 Mr. Vasquez announced in Binghamton and Utica his intention to officially run for this elected office. Since that time he has spoke to news media (nationally and statewide) and the public on getting out the vote to improve the representation in Congress for the NY-22.

Press release – March 19, 2014 speaking event at Sons of Italy about NY Safe Act

As provided to news media on 3/10/14

For immediate release
Please contact 6072429247 – campaign of Michael Vasquez for Congress – for further comment or questions
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3/10/14 (Binghamton, NY)
We have confirmed that NY 22nd congressional candidate Michael Vasquez will be one of the speakers at the Register Voters Not Firearms – NY Safe Act protest event. This event is to be held at the Sons of Italy Hall, 126 O’Dell Ave., Endicott NY 13760. The event is sponsored by SCOPE, Inc.

The event is open to the public and the press, and will start at 7pm.

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Political position cards for the Michael Vasquez for Congress campaign

Michael Vasquez will be one of 6 confirmed speakers at the event. Mr. Vasquez will be speaking on the importance of public opposition and voting to enact a repeal of this infringement on the 2nd Amendment, as well as his December 2012 prediction [http://www.mvass.com/2012/12/18/gun-restriction-legislation-does-it-really-help/].

Candidate Vasquez stated,

“It is vital for voters in New York to step up and let their voices be heard, in the Primaries and the General Election this year. The only way to combat the growing presence of Government interference in the lives and choices of the public is to remind the elected politicians that they are not nobles dictating to the public, but servants of the public as defined by our Constitution.”

Candidate Vasquez went on to state,

“I have firmly and consistently supported the 2nd Amendment over my years of political commentary, which I believe that NY Safe Act thoroughly violates. I thank SCOPE for the opportunity to join with what I believe are a majority of members of the NY-22, New Yorkers across the State, and Americans across the nation in opposing this violation of our Rights.”

Michael Vasquez has been a vocal opponent of gun restriction and ban legislation throughout his time as a political commentator, with articles and videos reaching back before 2008. Mr. Vasquez is the owner of M V Consulting, Inc with articles written under his legal alias “Michael Vass.”

SCOPE Inc, created in 1965, is a civil rights organization focused on the protection and preservation of the right of firearms ownership as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. They have rated Michael Vasquez A+ on 2nd Amendment issues.

NY Revolution, also speaking at the event, is a grass roots organization whose mission statement is the purpose of waking up Americans to the reality of our civil liberties.

Also speaking is 2nd Amendment Coalition of WNY, a Facebook organization out of Westerm NY, seeking to protect the Constitution.

Oath Keepers will be represented at the event, is a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, peace officers and first responders that seek to fulfill the oath mandated by Article VI of the Constitution they have taken.
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A flyer of the event can be seen here:
Sons of Italy – anti Safe Act event – Endicott, NY on 3/19/14 @ 7pm

Political position cards

Starting March 4th, across New York State, candidates and incumbents will be going out and getting signatures to appear on the June 24th ballot. These signatures will set the tone of what will be discussed during the Primary, if anything at all. In many cases, like the NY-22, whomever wins the Primary will likely be the winner of the November election.

This is a big deal. The only way to improve Congress is by first discussing the issues that are on the minds of the public. That can only happen if there are challengers. Then the public can hear about the solutions to the problems we all feel every day. Considering how ineffective Congress has been, and how many members of Congress have flip-flop their positions and/or voted against the will of constituents, the Primary is the only real means to replace these would-be nobles.

Starting March 4th supporters, volunteers, and I will be going out and getting signatures to make sure the issues you care about are presented in the Primary – and you get an honest choice at the voting booth in June. The following political position cards will be carried by my supporters and volunteers – so you can know where I stand, and why I am running for the NY 22nd Congressional seat:

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Political position cards for the Michael Vasquez for Congress campaign

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Political position cards for the Michael Vasquez for Congress campaign

Let’s fix Congress. Let’s get America back on the right track. You have already taken the first step reading this far. If you agree with my positions, and want to hear more – and believe that the public deserves to hear all options available – then contact us about signing a petition. Share this with friends, please.

Or, if you think the nation is doing just fine, do nothing and be guaranteed that you will get more of the same that we all agree isn’t working.

Sincerely

Michael Vasquez
Candidate for the NY 22nd Congressional District, 2014
info@ElectMichaelVasquez.com

Is representing the NY-22 extreme or just right?

Recently I had the chance to read an article by Gino Geruntino, of WRVO. The article, Hanna prepares for primary day challengers, covers the thoughts of my opponent as we enter the petition season (starting March 4th) as the heat of the primary begins to build.

The thing that really caught my attention was the allusion made that I am an extremist. My opponent said

“We try to be transparent, we try to be balanced, and we try desperately to represent the 700,000-plus people,” Hanna said. “Not the fringes, not the extremes, not the special interest people who are so loud and vocal, but all the people of this district.”

That statement was interesting. It is both a way to try to deflect my objections to some of the votes and Bills my opponent has supported, and at the same time a hope to minimize any impact I may be creating. It’s smart politics, and done in a nice deferential manner that keeps the smack from stinging too much. But I think my opponent misjudges the people of the NY-22.

When my opponent says he does not represent “the fringes, not the extremes” what does he mean? Does he mean Conservatives? Republicans? Independents?

The majority of Americans (63.2%) believe America is on the wrong track. That’s everyone. A pretty extreme consensus. 81% disapproving of Congress is even more extreme, by the thinking of some.

Perhaps, in the mind of a moderate who won election on a wave of conservativism, it is fringe to expect Congress to be fiscally responsible. It is far too common to hear regular non-political people ask why Congress can’t balance a budget just like they have to. The rage of the masses, in the NY-22 and across the nation, was clearly heard when military pensions were the first target of cuts – as if the Government couldn’t possible find any other source of waste or excessive spending to cut first. All without the moderate voices making any noise in opposition and defense of the masses.

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But I do not deny I am loud and vocal. For the better part of a decade I have spoken out about the issues and problems facing this nation. About the choices in elections from the local to the presidential. About the Rights and Freedoms that are under attack from an Executive Branch that believes it can re-write our legislative foundation, while the least Conservative or Republican cheer on the change.

As for special interests, I don’t have any – except if you mean the public at large. The public is the voting group that has seen the least connection with Congress. They are the ones who suffer from the mishandled website launches and canceled policies, and the abuses from Government agencies that are invading the privacy of the average American – which could have been addressed by legislation that many more moderate members of Congress chose not to support. In fact, the public at large will feel the impact of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) jobs given to foreigners and drones spying on innocents because the more moderate in Congress were supporting big business instead of mom and pop, in my opinion.

So, when I am called an “extremist”, I can only ask what I am being compared to, because moderation at Thanksgiving dinner is great but not when it comes to the freedom and well-being of the American people.

But that is my opinion on that.

Sincerely

Michael Vasquez
Candidate for the NY 22nd Congressional District, 2014

The issue of Common Core

Over the past several days I have had a lot of people ask me about Common Core. Where do I stand, and what do I want to do about it?

Common Core is a problem. Not because a single congressional candidate thinks so, but because tens of thousands of parents, teachers, and students – at the minimum – think so. Even teacher unions are finally stepping up and admitting that this is off the deep end.

I first heard about Common Core over the summer of 2013. I didn’t know a lot about it, and I honestly haven’t had the time to do the kind of research I have put into Fracking, Obamacare, STEM jobs, NY Safe Act and the overreach of Executive Orders. Still I did learn about it, and I am scared.

I have talked to dozens of parents and teachers. I have yet to hear a single one mention a positive about Common Core. All I have heard are the horror stories of frustration that students and teachers endure because of this quasi-federal experiment in trying to run education for States and localities that the Government neither understands nor cares about their individual needs.

Common Core, as I have come to understand it, can be describe like this,

“Instead of listening to and trusting parents and teachers to know and do what’s right for students, the commissioner has offered meaningless rhetoric and token change. Instead of making the major course corrections that are clearly needed, … [John King] has labeled everyone and every meaningful recommendation as distractions.”

Those aren’t my words – those are the words of NYSUT President Richard C. Iannuzzi. His words are being kind. Opponents of Common Core include National Education Association president Dennis Van Roekel , Catherine T. Nolan – chairwoman of the State Assembly Education Committee, New York Civil Liberties Union, even Governor “progressive capital” Cuomo has pulled back his support.

I can keep going, but I really don’t need to. Parents already understand that this isn’t just flawed, it’s broken. So do teachers. In fact the only people who don’t understand that Common Core is devastatingly the wrong idea is the Federal Government, and a handful of political appointees that are clinging to the concept (and perhaps Rep. Richard Hanna who values its “global competitive nature“, whatever that means) . Top of that list is John King.

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This was the Common Core meeting with John King and parents, at West Middle School in Binghamton NY 2013


John King is the face of Common Core in New York State. I listened to him when he came to Binghamton in the winter. His town hall meeting filled West Middle School with no less than 300 parents, teachers, and a fair amount of students. Mr. King listened to several score of all the above implore him on the failure of the program, and to remove it. They said this for 3 hours, and I counted no less than 40+ speakers with more waiting as time ran out.

Mr. King, dispassionately told all in attendance that they would get used to it. That was his position, and that is the position of the Federal Government. Hardly the path to innovation or improvement for our youth.

I am not the most brilliant man, and education is not my forte. But I am smart enough to realize that when tens of thousands of parents and teachers are all saying the same thing, it’s not just a glitch it’s a failure.

Common Core kills innovation. It stifles teaching. It stresses students without need. It does not elevate learning, nor motivate it. It assumes all knowledge needed in life is only that which this limited program provides. The standards it preaches are both ignorant of the fluid world we live in, and the needs of the students burdened with it.

For all these reasons I oppose Common Core.

My generation helped to create the internet, cell phones, laptops, scores of medications and scientific breakthrus. Had we Common Core none of this would likely exist. Or at the very least not from America.

The only thing the Federal experiment of Common Core proves is that there is good reason why education is a State issue.

I hope this clarifies where I stand on the issue.

Press release – 2/19/14 – Response to Broome County GOP endorsement

On Feb 18th Broome County GOP Chairman Bijoy Data announced the endorsement of Rep. Richard Hanna in the 2014 Congressional race. What Chairman Data failed to tell the public was that they made this decisions with blatant disregard for the choices available.

Broome County GOP has received no less than 12 attempts to contact them since April 2013. That includes mail, email, phone call messages, and visits to their office on Court Street Binghamton. It also includes direct statements from members of the Broome GOP, clearly indicating that candidate Michael Vasquez merely wished to speak about why he is running and what he hopes to offer constituents.

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Mr. Vasquez has presented his reasons for running to virtually all GOP and Conservative Party committees, or is scheduled to do so, in the Counties of the New York 22nd District. Only Broome, and so far Oneida County, have failed to extend this courtesy, and denied the public a viable choice for 2014.

Mr. Vasquez stated,

“While I respect the choice made to endorse my opponent, I believe that the failure to even hear what concerns I and many members of the GOP and public have is a serious error on the part of Broome and Oneida County. The public has a right to be presented options, and to make a choice on who can best provide the accountability and consistency that is missing in Congress today.”

Mr. Vasquez went on to say,

“I thank Chairman Data for contacting me, after making a unilateral endorsement without firsthand knowledge and after I spoke about his decision to the news media earlier today. I am continuing my well-received efforts to challenge, and beat, my opponent for a host of reasons that I believe are well publicized by the national media and known by constituents in the NY-22.”

March starts the petition season for Congress and 1250 signatures are needed for the Republican ballot. 321 signatures are needed, as well as the endorsement of the Conservative Party that has pulled support from Rep. Hanna since 2012, for the Conservative ballot. The campaign of Michael Vasquez for Congress feels very confident that they will garner more than enough signatures to be on the ballots.

Press release – 2/11/14 – Debt ceiling passed ‘clean’

With an abruptness rarely seen in fiscal debates over the past several years, the House of Representatives passed a “clean” debt ceiling increase that will negate the need for further discussion on the issue until 2015. The Bill passed with only 28 Republican votes, and all but 10 Democrats.

Of the 28 votes that came from Republicans, Rep. Richard Hanna was again among those that broke from the main voice of Republicans – as he did in October and since. In fact his separation from the main body of Republicans in the House has gained traction in much of the mainstream media that are now correctly labeling Rep. Hanna as a moderate – as opposed to his “conservative” stance that enabled his election to Congress in 2010.

meet and greet in Vestal NY, at home of attorney James Sacco

coffee and doughnuts meet and greet in Vestal NY

NY-22 candidate Michael Vasquez had this statement on the vote,

“It is a shame to see that the debt ceiling passed in the manner it has. Not only does this vote stall the previous slight move towards accountability and responsibility with regard to the national debt, as there is no limit to the amount of increased debt that the nation can attain with this Bill, but by is vagaries it reverses that budding trend.”

Candidate Vasquez went on to say,

“If the apparent abandonment of fiscal responsibility were not enough, the salt in the wound is the continued existence of military pension cuts – sure to affect constituents of the NY-22 around Fort Drum (Herkimer County) and retirees from Griffiss Air Force Base (now under civilian use as Griffiss International Airport – Onieda County) as well as vets across the rest of the District. Our military retirees deserve better than the targeted attack on their benefits, that this ‘clean’ debt ceiling deal apparently cements in place. I would not have voted for this ‘clean’ Bill.”

The cut in military pensions was part of the Ryan-Murray budget deal enacted at the beginning of the year. That deal immediately increased Government spending by $63 billion, as opposed to the $43 billion saved via the Sequester requirements of 2013. To pay for that increased spending, in part, military pensions were targeted. Rep. Hanna was among those that voted for this deal.

2014 NY Conservative Party conference – 1/27/14

On Monday Jan. 27, 2014, I had the pleasure to join Republicans and Conservatives from across New York State at the NY Conservative Party conference, held in Albany NY. It was an all day event, featuring speakers that included potential candidate for NY Governor Rob Astorino, Karen Moreau speaking on fracking in New York and America’s energy independence, Elise Stefanik who is running for the NY-21, and Betsy McCaughey speaking on the travails of Obamacare and its divergence from the convoluted law passed in 2009 and how it has become even more incomprehensible. It was one of the most welcoming experiences I have ever had.

There were literally hundreds in attendance, and the luncheon was filled as we listened to writer Peggy Noonan speak about Presidents Reagan and Bush. There was no lack of concerned New Yokers, each and every one of them opting to stay in New York and make it a better, more business friendly, more open-minded and politically diverse State than Gov. Cuomo ever conceived. That is the strength of New Yorkers – when faced with a challenge we face it head on.

I was able to speak with people from across the State including :Jeffery Cleary of the Irish American Republicans, Jim Kelly who worked on the Joe DioGuardi campaign, Henry Ford of the St. Lawrence Conservative Party, Randy Pascarella who won his bid for the Schenectady County Legislature, Stephen Aldstadt of SCOPE Inc (fighting to protect our 2nd Amendment Rights against the Safe Act). I saw old friends like George Phillips, the current legislator for the 8th District in Broome County and also in a run for re-election in the 2014 mid-terms. I made new friends like James Swindell who saw fit to make an initial donation after speaking with me for an hour, and Carl Paladino who was generous enough to take the time to hear about my reasons for running for the NY-22 congressional seat, and John Burnett who ran for NY Comptroller in 2013 and provided new inspiration on running for elected office for the first time.

But 2 people were of particular note.

Hal Brilliant, Chairman of the Dutchess County Conservative Party, took the step to support my position with regard to defending the 2nd Amendment and against the NY Safe Act. Like myself, Chairman Brilliant agrees that the NY Safe Act does not protect law abiding citizens, and does little to nothing to prevent mass shootings or stop criminal acts of violence. Chairman Brilliant went one step further to offer his support in my bid for election.

Also of note was my chance to speak with Michael Long, State Chairman of the NY Conservative Party. His efforts to welcome me, and his attention to my efforts was generous. It’s not often that an opportunity to speak with the head of such a large and powerful organization occurs, but I observed Chairman Long do so several times. It’s a welcome change from the norm.

Overall, my time at the CPPAC was fruitful on many levels. I gained greater insight on how I can further help the constituents of the NY-22, how I can further my efforts to get elected, and a far greater view of the scope of the Republican and Conservative efforts to improve the quality of life in New York State, and Congress.

I thank all those that took the time to meet with me, to hear my views on Congress and reintroducing accountability in Government. I look forward to future conversations, as my credentials and commitment are reviewed.

Sincerely

Michael Vasquez
Candidate for NY 22nd Congressinal District in 2014

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