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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.

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:

Vasquez political position cards

Political position cards for the Michael Vasquez for Congress campaign

M Vasquez political position cards

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

Are all Republicans the same?

If you want an honest answer to the headline, read all of this.

In the news item done by YNN on December 2, 2013, the candidates for the New York 22nd Congressional District (including myself) were painted with a broad and eerily similar brush. The depiction was one that seemed to imply that there is no difference between Rep. Richard Hanna, myself, or any other Republican. Which is silly.

The implication, which may have been unintentional, is like saying that there is no difference between Gov. Chris Christie, Rep. Rand Paul and President G. W. Bush. Or put another way, President Jimmy Carter, President Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama and President John F. Kennedy were the exact same Democrat. It’s preposterous at every level.

But the brush can be painted on any number of candidates and incumbents of the same political party. Many of the same beliefs will of course be a common thread. Many of the same issues will of course be part of the platform (a question that I can directly state was never asked of me in the YNN interview). The question for voters is not what is the same, but what is the difference – unless there is a purpose to blur what is being presented. But that is a question for another day, and very unclear.

What makes a candidate different is their experience, their convictions, and what they believe is their motivation for elected office, in my opinion.

Representative Richard Hanna presents himself as a staunch Conservative and Republican. That’s what he ran on in 2010, and helped him get elected in a wave of Tea Party support and Conservatism. But he himself has said, in 2010 to Time Magazine and in other media since (National journal rankings for one), that he is not a Conservative but a Moderate.

Rep. Hanna is firm in his opposition of Obamacare, except he has clearly stated in a little viewed interview on Youtube (Minute 1:10 – 1:58) that his votes are merely symbolic. Worse yet, when faced with standing by the conviction of his votes Rep. Hanna folded,

Hanna was one of two Republicans who voted against delaying Obamacare…”

“Only two Republicans, both from New York — Reps. Chris Gibson and Richard Hanna —broke ranks with their party to oppose the one-year delay in Obamacare. Both had backed the previous government funding bill defunding Obamacare entirely.”

Something numerous news media noted immediately.

Rep. Hanna believes, apparently, that drones are essential to domestic security. Yet he is willing to invite abuse by not seeking to restrict the way they will be used, which is essentially selling the 4th Amendment for a literal handful of jobs as I see it.

Rep. Hanna is more than willing to sit on the sidelines, without opinion in the face of clearly expressed opinion from constituents, the nation, and in some cases the globe – as he did as President Obama sought to take unilateral action in Syria (against the will of the public, much of Congress, and even international allies).

This is the Republican that I am running against in the 2014 New York election. And there is very little that is similar.

I am a fiscal Conservative because I believe that a Government should be, at the least, as careful with its spending as the people it represents. I am Conservative because I believe that the Constitution and Amendments are not just a list of ideals, but guidelines to preserve freedoms in a way that no other nation as done. I am a Republican because I believe that the ingenuity and innovation of individuals always surpasses that of Government, and advances the world. I believe these things strongly enough to have served my country in military service, and to speak out in commentary for the world to see and discuss.

I oppose Obamacare, not because of symbolism meant to build up political credibility or a vague love of the healthcare system that proceeded it. I oppose the fact that is established a power of Government over the people – which I see as a long-term danger to the nation. I oppose the ACA because if fails in its primary objective to lower healthcare costs. I object to the Health Care Reform because the unintended (and apparently well known among Democrats) consequences are numerous, and to be expected from a partisan law that barely had the ink dry before it was passed. And I’ve been saying this since 2009, publicly. Just do a Google search.

I fear abuses of power, like drones without laws limiting use against average citizens, or invasion of privacy by the NSA, or even sidestepping Congress by a President that believes Executive Orders are a perfect means to ram his ideology down the throats of Americans that disagree. I support Bills like the Amash Amendment (that Rep. Hanna voted against) that the public agrees with and protects our Rights. I stand, vocally, in opposition to those that would sell our Rights (on the cheap no less) and our citizenship piece by piece under a banner of universal benefits that never come to pass and are never needed anyway.

I defend the freedoms of Americans to bear arms, and speak freely – even if I disagree with what is being said and even when the criminal and insane misuse such Rights. To limit what is said is to cage a mind. To weaken protection (even from the Government itself) is to invite attack. I defend these and other issues with a knowledge of what is being discussed, the ramifications of the decisions, and an understanding of what the public actually values.

I hold my positions as I have for years, as is documented and readily available. Not without an ear to hear other options, nor without the willingness to debate pros and cons in an effort to reach the best solution. I have no delusion of grandeur, nor do I believe any 1 person is so wise as to have all the solutions to all problems. But I have the passion and strength of my convictions to face opposition with facts and logic on issues that matter and have mattered over the years, without bending to and fro because of a misplaced desire to maintain a political advantage.

Long before I felt the need to represent the many people of the NY-22, long before the political landscape required a clear, decisive, consistent representative (or several dozen) I believed these things. Don’t take my word for it, see my Youtube videos, my speeches, my political commentary. You won’t agree with it all, but then again you shouldn’t. Because the politician that everyone agrees with is most likely the same politician lying to everyone.

Don’t be fooled though. I am not they media driven image of what a Republican is supposed to be. The image of an old, White male that hates gays, immigrants, and non-Christians. An image of intolerance fueled by greed and avarice. That’s not a Republican, or a Conservative. That’s not any political party of worth in America. That’s just a great way to sell newspapers and get eyeballs on TV.

I am a Black Puerto Rican, 45 years old. I am a Conservative, a Republican, a small business owner, a homeowner. I am a brother and uncle. I am a son. I am most of all an American. I cannot be boxed into a forgettable category, or mashed into some mass of made up media hype.

This is not a 30 second soundbite, nor is it the limit of what I stand for but the beginning. My platform may sound familiar, but that’s only because it is not being addressed and most Americans think it should be. I am running for the 22nd Congressional District because I want to make an effective difference, and the nation as well as the NY-22 are in desperate need of people in Congress that want to be effective and not just in office.

If you have read this far, and you see the worth in what I am saying, share this. Because we have enough cookie-cutter politicians that are all painted with the same brush. The approval rating for Congress reflects how effective that is. Time for someone else, and all I ask is for voters and the public, to hear me out and then make their choice.

Sincerely

Michael Vasquez

Michael Vasquez speech on 2014 run for Congress – Binghamton, NY

Hello, my name is Michael Vasquez and I want to thank you for joining me today.

Michael "Vass" Vasquez

Michael “Vass” Vasquez


As some may be aware, for years I have maintained my small business as a political commentator of national news, and interviewing candidates and elected officials across Central NY and the Southern Tier. My efforts have led to 2 citations in scholarly works and hundreds of thousands of readers across the globe via the internet. Still as a homeowner and resident of Binghamton, NY, like far too many Americans, I have felt ever less satisfied with Congress and the convictions of my Representative.

Thus, a little more than 6 months ago I made an announcement that I was exploring a run for the New York 22nd Congressional District in 2014. Since that time I have traveled across the District, speaking to college students, retirees, various professionals, housewives and everyone else. I have engaged the public in discussions about how we are being represented in Congress, the job Congress is doing and the issues facing our nation. The results of these conversations have been enlightening.

When I first looked at a run for office, the approval rate for Congress was about 17%. Jobs were the primary focus of the public, and our President had just enacted more than 20 Executive Orders that affected our freedoms – without the consent of Congress, and the silence of may Representatives.

Now the approval rate of Congress is about 8.8%, and jobs remain the main concern of the average American. The nation has endured revelations of abuse of power by the NSA, a unilateral attempt to engage in hostilities against Syria, and a famously failed launch of Obamacare, among other events.

For the NY-22, in this time span, over and over people asked where was our Representative? Where was our voice in Congress? What was being done in our collective name to make these situations better?

Over the last 6 months I have also spoken to business owners, and political organizations of all sizes. Time and again I was grilled about who I am and what I intended. Rightfully so, as I am no politician. Yet, as a former political commentator, the issues that concern all Americans are issues that I have written and spoken about for years.

My views, which are well documented in my near-decade of political commentary and news coverage, have not changed, just because of my political interests. My answers to these leaders and small business owners remain the same as what I have written on every subject that has been in the public mindset, and more than a few that weren’t.

In each of these discussions, whether to an individual or to large groups, the result was the same. I have received acclaim for my passionate belief that Congress must reconnect with the public to ensure a better Government. I have gained a following, waiting to see my next steps. I have received encouragement, with the caveat that I would face an uphill battle should I go further.

For all these reasons and more, I understood that my initial thought in April was correct. That while the NY-22 was finally a District no longer under the thumb of political gerrymandering, it was far from receiving effective leadership and representation. In fact, of those I spoke with I’d say some 1 in 10 thought that Rep. Hinchey was still in office. Almost 1 in 4 couldn’t name who represented them. Virtually half were unaware of anything that had been done by our Representative in Congress; and many of those that could were not pleased with what had been done.

I feel it is the obligation of those elected to the House of Representatives to be a reflection of the people that elected them. To present the issues facing the nation, the choice of action that the Representative feels is the best option, and to ultimately defend the position that constituents want – no matter what that position may be.

That isn’t what is happening in Congress today. Not in New York, nor in almost any other part of the nation. Some elected politicians have mastered the art of 30 second soundbites, and flip-flopping on the issues. They have become so secure in the chance of re-election, the bar to entry has been raised so high in terms of cash needed to compete, that many in Congress act as if they are the modern equivalent of nobility classes.

The disparity is too wide, the abuse of the good faith of the public to common. I can no longer sit idle, and my political commentary – like that of so many others – is not enough.

Therefore I am announcing that I will be running for the 2014 NY 22nd Congressional District seat, on the Republican ticket.

This is a grassroots effort. I am not independently wealthy, nor am I blessed with political connections built over decades for the purpose of seeking elected office. I am no politician.

I am a hard-working American home owner, who like the overwhelming majority believes that Congress is ineffective today not because of the laws in place, but the lack of conviction of many of those that have come to be elected. I am running for office, not because I desire the position, but because there is a need for a Representative that is connected to the reality average Americans face every day.

I invite everyone listening to this speech, or reading it, to seek out what I have said over the years. Learn about this candidate for Congress. Then come join me as I continue to speak across the NY-22, ask me your questions and hear my answers.

An effective Congress starts with effective Representatives that are connected to what constituents want and need. Together, I want to take our concerns to the floor of Congress. If you agree, then I hope I will earn your vote.

Thank you.

Meet and greet with voters and potential supporters Oct 26 2013

I just wanted to publicly thank attorney James Sacco for putting together a meet and greet of potential supporters at his home in Vestal, NY. I also thank everyone that attended, for their time and questions about the 2014 New York Congressional election.

It was a great night, speaking to a couple dozen voters, discussing their concerns and questions about how the representation for the New York 22nd Congressional District can be improved. The conversation covered everything from by background, experiences, and motivations; as well as where I stand on issues including immigration, the national debt, taxes, drones, the 2nd and 4th Amendment among others.

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

coffee and doughnuts meet and greet in Vestal NY

It was a great opportunity to hear from more of the public on what they really want to see address on the floor of Congress, and understand what they believe is not being done to represent their views currently. I continue to see a consistent theme of issues that neither Congress nor our current Representative are focused on.

I look forward to speaking at several more meet and greets at the homes of supporters and potential supporters, as well as other events. It’s important to be connected to constituents, and this is a significant way to do so. If anyone would like to host a similar event for me to appear at, please contact me at Michael@ElectMichaelVasquez.com.

That email can also be used for those that want to volunteer directly in helping spread the word about the 2014 NY Congressional race. Those that would like to donate $20, $50, or whatever amount up to the limit of $2600 for individuals can do so online via paypal at https://electmichaelvasquez.nationbuilder.com/donations
or mail a check/money order made out to Friends of Michael Vasquez at PO BOX 515, Binghamton NY 13902.

More news is coming in November!

Sincerely

Michael Vasquez

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