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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: What is Rep Richard Hanna hiding from voters?

On November 21, 2013, Michael Vasquez was interviewed on 100.7FM WUTQ. In that interview a discussion of the voting record of Rep. Richard Hanna was discussed. The emphasis of this discussion was on the discrepancies between what Rep. Hanna has said and/or written publicly and what his actual votes/actions were.

After the interview, at approximately 8am, a review of our records on the proof of the reported and recorded instances of flip flops by Rep. Hanna was conducted. This effort was part of our full disclosure on the claims made by Mr. Vasquez during the interview. That disclosure can be found at http://electmichaelvasquez.com/blog/2013/11/21/preview-of-100-7fm-wutq-interview-on-talk-of-the-town-with-mark-piersma/

During the review, it was discovered that at least one instance of altering the record exists.

  • On 7/24/13, Rep. Richard Hanna voted on H Amend 413 (Amash Amendment) – Rep. Hanna voted NO, against the proposal to restrict the NSA’s powers.
  • On 7/25/13, Rep. Hanna wrote on his congressional webpage (http://hanna.house.gov/vote-explanations1/showallitems/) about his vote on HR 2397 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014. In this summary of his vote, Rep. Hanna included the following (visible at 8:30am that morning)

    “Finally, I supported an amendment that ensures the National Security Agency (NSA) may not target a U.S. person or acquire and store the content of a U.S. person’s communications, including phone calls and e-mails. I will continue to support Constitutionally-protected civil liberties and the right to privacy for all American citizens.”

    This statement by Rep. Hanna is opposed by the facts of the actual vote on the Amash Amendment on 7/24. Mr. Vasquez wrote about this conflict on 7/25.

  • On 11/21/13 it was discovered that all information for HR 2397, and the statement about the NSA vote, has been removed from the congressional webpage for Rep. Hanna. This would appear to be an attempt to retroactively prevent voters from accurately evaluating Rep. Hanna, and evading the correct conclusion that he had flip flop on this issue. There may also be other incidents of this nature, which we are reviewing.

    Mr. Vasquez states,

    “If this is a technical error, which would be highly suspect, then it should be corrected immediately. If it is something else, Rep. Hanna should own up to it and provide the voters with the truth of his record and statements. Either way, this should not be overlooked as the elimination can be taken as more manipulative than the flip flop itself.”

    If members of the press seek further comment on this or any item, please contact: Press@ElectMichaelVasquez.com or 6072429247.

    ***Update 4/4/2014 – at some point after February 2014 (the last time that I had checked) Rep. Richard Hanna finally put back the article referenced above. I count that as a victory, as Rep. Hanna can once again be held accountable for what he has voted as opposed to what he has said to the public.***

  • Video – Binghamton speech and Q&A – Michael Vasquez announces run for Congress 2014

    The following is the unedited speech, recorded on November 18, 2013 at the Broome County Courthouse. It is followed by the questions and answers with WICZ Fox 40 News on that same day. This is exclusive video, unaired on TV.

    If you would like to know more, or want to donate/support, visit www.MichaelVasquezforCongress.com

    Questions and answers with WICZ Fox 40 News – “Good representation is not a well-read speech, but an honest direct answer to questions.”

    Congressional bid speech – Binghamton, NY

    Twitter posts from August 2013 – @electvasquezny

    The following can be found on my Twitter account (@electvasquezny – ask to be added to be up to date daily) from the month of June 2013:

    There are issues and events from day to day that there is just not enough time to expand on, or are complete in just a short message. Twitter is an excellent format to provide and share comments and thoughts of this nature. But not everyone is on Twitter. Thus, from time to time, this blog will provide several of these commentaries and musings.

    1 Aug ‏@electvasquezny

    If NSA XKeyscore program collects “large amount of information” that is “never reviewed” as the 2009 NSA report says, why keep it?

    Would you allow FBI or NSA to stay in your house and record your activities? How is NSA programs any different?

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    2 Aug @electvasquezny

    Interesting that Rep Hanna (NY-22) says he supports limits on NSA, but is NOT cosponsor of http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:H.R.2399 …: – HR 2399

    Amazing how 20,000 fewer jobs than expected for july and unemployment rate drops.

    Did anyone else notice that long-term unemployed percentage dropped but short-term increased. http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t12.htm …

    @whitehouse @BarackObama as opposed to just repealing the inclusion of Congress and their aides? Double standard indeed.

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    5 Aug @electvasquezny

    Why didn’t press ask Rep. Hanna to explain his voting record to constituents today? How truely credible is his support for small biz?

    AZ Dem Gubernatorial Candidate Darkens Skin for Commercials to Appear Hispanic http://shar.es/yqHQH via @BreitbartNews This is insulting!

    politi.co/13fDRgs Some get it, others just want to discredit valid concerns they don’t want to address. Guess which is Rep Rangel.

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    6 Aug @electvasquezny

    @BarackObama missing key word in statement – “LEGAL”

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    7 Aug @electvasquezny

    @politico then why is the Government keeping all the data on tens of millions of Americans?

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    9 Aug @electvasquezny

    What are the Obamacare numbers for the NY-22? http://wp.me/p3tK3D-1O

    What happens when Congress fails to read laws? Cities, Counties and employers scramble to the detriment of public. http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130808/OPINION01/308080008/1008/OPINION01/Obamacare-leading-part-time-nation …

    Just got voiceover artist Jimmyjohn McCabe on board for the commercials. With a few more donations, the ads will be up across the NY-22

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    10 Aug @electvasquezny

    @IngrahamAngle That does sound like Rep Richard Hanna NY-22 (R)

    Pres. Obama talks NSA, Rep. Hanna visits Southern Tier, and the net result is? http://wp.me/p3tK3D-1Q

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    12 Aug ‏@electvasquezny

    I will be speaking on the Bob Joseph Show on WNBF on 8/19 @ 9:30am. Tune in and share the news.

    I wonder if Pres. Obama would speak to the only person exploring a run for Congress in Broome County? Nah, I’m a black hispanic conservative

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    20 Aug @electvasquezny

    @JazzShaw of course, otherwise he might be asked to explain the failure to focus on jobs in an area with above national level unemployment.

    @AP so at this point, now that media is focused elsewhere, one one being held accountable for what happened in Benghazi. Wag the dog indeed.

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    21 Aug @electvasquezny

    @JazzShaw he deserved to be shot. He violated his oath and damaged the nation during wartime. 35 years is not enough.

    @CNN and Rep Hanna voted NOT to restrict NSA. Somehow I don’t think constituents would agree.

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    22 Aug @electvasquezny

    So is Pres. Obama proposing Govt will pick winners in college education like it picked “green” companies? Which college will be a Solyndra?

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    23 Aug @electvasquezny

    Former Maj Nidal Hasan, like prvt manning, deserves death penalty.

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    28 Aug @electvasquezny

    Pres Obama restricts our guns, mandates our purchase, violates immigration law, and bombs nations – all without Congress. But Bush is bad?

    @electvasquezny Ok, obamacare was with a Dem supermajority that didn’t read the law. That was sort of with Congress. I stand corrected.

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    29 Aug @electvasquezny

    @WSJ interesting how much economy inproves without weight of stimulus as a drag

    So why hasn’t Rep Hanna joined the call to have Pres Obama get authority from Congress for Syria along w 100 Repubs http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/08/28/more-than-100-lawmakers-ask-obama-to-seek-congressional-approval-on-syria-strikes/ …

    Will Syria be another foreign policy flip-flop for Rep Hanna, like Libya? http://m.cnsnews.com/news/article/81-republicans-flip-flop-libya-opposition-votes …

    Apparently the British can’t see a point in bombing Syria that benefits them, so why is President Obama pushing for it when America is same.

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    30 Aug @electvasquezny

    50% don’t want US involved w Syria (NBC poll), 80% want Congress approval, US intel still unsure of details, British are out. Time to pause

    Can anyone recall the last time Britian didn’t support, even grudgingly, a military action by US?

    In dictionaries, under examples of feckless you can see the following: ‘See Obama Syria bombing plan’

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