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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

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.

Congratulations Rep. Hanna on top 25 wealthiest in House again

I just wanted to take a moment to congratulate Rep. Hanna on the success he has achieved since being elected to the House of Representatives. Each year since 2010 Rep Hanna has made the cut for the top 25 richest Representatives.

In 2010, Rep. Hanna was ranked 18th out of 435 Representatives, with a net worth estimated to be no less than $13.8 million. But competition in Congress is fierce, and in 2011 Rep. Hanna felt the pinch. His estimated minimum net worth dropped to $13.7 million, and he fell to only the 23rd most wealthy of all 435 Representatives.

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY 22)

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY 22)


Still that minor setback did not impede the success that would come. Because in 2012, the last full year that data is available on, Rep. Hanna had a minimum net worth of $14.4 million, an increase of $700,000 (though he fell another spot to just the 24th wealthiest Representative).

To give some perspective, from 2010 to 2012 the average household income changed [U.S. Census]:

the poorest 20% – increased $599
Next 20% – increased $1,764
Middle – increased $3,082
Next 20% – increased $4,065
Top 20% (rich) – increased $10,671

Put another way, the median household income, just for New York State, was $47,600. That was down from 2010 and 2011 income levels.

Rep. Hanna overcame the negative pressures from New York State Government, and a sluggish (at best) economy, to outpace the average American household and retain a position in the top 6% of the House of Representatives, even as Congress reached an 8% approval rating.

At the same time, Rep. Hanna’s efforts of 3 years have resulted in potentially 2,000 jobs for NY State by bringing drone testing to our State – of course without any legislation to prevent abuse of drone use by the same Government that allowed the NSA scandal to occur.

Plus, Rep. Hanna is promoting HR 2131, the SKILLS Visa Act, which will give 160,000 STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math] jobs to foreigners.

Lastly, he voted for the Ryan-Murray budget deal, that will cut Veteran pensions and increases Federal debt spending.

Rep. Hanna has been busy, and in 2014 you can re-elect him. Or you could visit www.MichaelVasquezforCongress.com and consider a different option in the mid-term elections.

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