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Recently I was asked by a few potential supporters out of the New York 22nd Congressional District how they might lend their support to my exploratory committee and the 2014 Congressional election. What were the top things that could help in this process?

It’s a good question that I have often heard as I have spoken to people across the NY-22. So here are a few of the current things that I would suggest at this time. Of course as donations, volunteers and supplies change so may the priority and nature of support.

1) Money. It does not get more simple than that. Elections and campaigns cost hordes of cash, no matter how grassroots the effort or how great the candidate. Donations provide the paper, signs, buttons, commercials, and pay for professionals like accountants that every campaign must have.

2) Word of mouth. From sharing some of my Youtube videos and Facebook/Twitter messages to likes, retweets, talking to friends, and sending letters to radio and television hosts, nothing is more effective than letting people you know what is going on and why you feel strongly about things.

3) Volunteer. I can’t be everywhere in a District that has 770,000 people and is 2 1/2 hours top to bottom and 1 1/2 hours across. Putting up signs, handing out flyers, showing up at events, making calls to let others know about me, and more. Working together we can make the powers in charge recall that the ultimate power of Government is held by the public and not politicians.

On more specific things that can be done:

  • Donating a 2 1/4″ button machine (and supplies)
  • Printer ink
  • Stamps/Envelopes
  • Creating petitions to have every radio talk host in the NY-22 interview me about what I plan to do
  • As stated above, share my website, videos and tweets/posts
  • Petitions to every television news organization serving the NY-22 to look into who I am and what I am doing
  • Set up voter meet and greets, like the one I just attended in Vestal NY, where people interested can meet me in person and get answers to their questions
  • Set up fundraising events – like bake sales, bands, and other events where even a few of the proceeds can go to our efforts (and hopefully charities like Wounded Warrior Project)
  • Call/Write letters to people and organizations of influence (like Carl Paladino, Herman Cain, Col. Allen West, Bob Duvall, Gary Sinise, Club for Growth, ect.) so they can decide if they too want to be involved

    There are tons of more things, and I am open to suggestions of course, so the best thing is to get in touch and ask what’s on the list today.

    The exploratory website is www.MichaelVasquezforCongress.com. The link for donations (secure via Paypal) is at https://electmichaelvasquez.nationbuilder.com/donations or checks/money orders can go to: Friends of Michael Vasquez – PO Box 515, Binghamton NY 13902

    As always, I am open and ready to speak to anyone with questions. I hope this helps.

    Sincerely

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

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

    Michael Vasquez

  • June 2013 – Facebook comments

    Often 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. Social media such as Facebook and Twitter are excellent formats to provide and share comments and thoughts of this nature. But not everyone is on Facebook, Twitter, or have as open an access to these formats as the internet in general. Thus, from time to time, this blog will provide several of these commentaries and musings.

    The following can be found on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ElectMichaelVasquezNY – ask to be added to my friends list to be up to date daily) from the month of June 2013:

    June 8th

    I find it interesting that even as Speaker Boehner is stating that there are issues Republicans in the House are concerned with, Rep. Hanna (NY-22) has taken both sides of the issue. He has advocated for immigration reform, visas for foreigners, and voted to deport illegal immigrants in the face of President Obama’s Executive Order. How can the border be secured, and compromise reached if some Republicans can’t even give constituents a consistent position on the issue?

    Speaker Boehner sounds off on immigration with Laura Ingraham

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    In my experience so far, speaking to young voters at Binghamton University about my exploratory committee for the NY-22, the critical factor appears to be the choices they have for their vote. From what I have heard so far, young voters feel left out and ignored – some even betrayed after 2008 and 2012 elections. Yet as I have spoken to them, they seem energized and deeply involved. So the answer is not really the specific issues, its about addressing the lack of accountability and responsiveness of elected officials currently in Congress (in both Parties).

    The GOP and young voters: A failing relationship?

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    I find it interesting and encouraging that like my own exploration of a run for Congress in the NY-22, Erika Harold and so many others are seeking elected office – that are not career politicians. For too long, in my opinion, there has been a disconnection (in both Parties) with constituents and the elected officials in D.C.

    The fact that, like myself, many of those seeking office in 2013 and 2014 are Republicans of diverse backgrounds and walks of life only confirms that America may finally be on the path to a better government. One that has the common sense, accountability and responsibility that voters have – which Congress has proven for decades it does not.

    Former Miss America to run for Congress as Republican

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    June 10

    Get your recording devices ready! I will be speaking with WNBF 1290 AM Bob Joseph on Wednesday 6/12 at 10:30am.

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    June 11

    Just got invited to speak to the American for Restoring the Constitution (AFRTC) on July 15th @ 7:15pm. If you would like me to speak to your organization about improving Congress and expecting more from our Representatives, contact me or info@ElectMichaelVasquez.com

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    June 28 -

    first fundraiser will be on July 20th @ Daddy O’s in Endicott from 2-8. After $2000 goal we split proceeds w Wounded Warrior Project 50/50

    Michael Vasquez on WNBF with Bob Joseph – 8/19/13

    On Monday August 19th at 9:30 a.m., Michael Vasquez returned to the Bob Joseph Show on WNBF Talk Radio 1290AM. In this round of discussion topics included the impending visit by President Obama, fracking, green energy, taxes, partisan gridlock, Congress, political accountability, small business, and more.

    The following videos are the entire discussion as it was heard on-air.

    Part 1

    Part 2

    Michael Vasquez comments on WNBF interview with Bob Joseph

    At 10:30am Bob Joseph of WNBF Talk 1290 AM Radio had Michael Vasquez on the airwaves to discuss the exploratory committee and a potential run for the 22nd Congressional District seat of New York. The discussion covered a range of issues: immigration reform, the 4th Amendment, the approval rating of Congress, term limits, and the background of Mr. Vasquez.

    Bob Joseph of WNBF Talk Radio 1290 AM

    Bob Joseph of WNBF Talk Radio 1290 AM

    One of the biggest issues was the impending concern of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) and the potential for abuse by a Government that is currently trying to justify the overreach of a NSA program that has effectively violated the privacy of every American in the nation. Rep. Richard Hanna is a member of the “Drone Caucus”, seeking to promote drone testing and production in New York State. Current projections envision the creation of some 2,000 jobs due to drone testing.

    Michael Vasquez voiced his concern to Bob Joseph

    ‘We are talking about filling the skies with drones, and they have their uses. For firefighters and police, of course. But there is not a single law addressing drone use, and we have a Government that is already abusing the 4th Amendment. What is to prevent a drone from sitting outside your living room window? We need to pause, and create some rules before we sell our Rights on the cheap.’

    At the end of the half-hour interview, Mr. Joseph offered an open invitation for Michael Vasquez to come back and speak with the news radio listeners in the future.

    Michael Vasquez talks about improving Congress with Southern Tier Tea Party in Vestal, NY

    On June 4, 2013, Michael Vasquez spoke before the members of the Southern Tier Tea Party and the general public at the Vestal Public Library. The discussion was part of an event featuring Binghamton Mayoral candidate Douglas Drazen, as well as Mr. Vasquez, to present the options that face voters in the upcoming Binghamton, NY elections and the 2014 NY Congressional election.

    Michael Vasquez took the opportunity to introduce himself to the constituents at the meeting, and to share his views on how Congress can become more accountable and reflective of the issues that are foremost in the minds of residents in the NY-22. Mr. Vasquez also took the time to express his thoughts on the 2nd Amendment and the growing issue of domestic unmanned aerial surveillance (drones). The following video is the uncut conversation of Michael Vasquez at the event:

    Part 1 – Michael Vasquez introduces himself to NY Southern Tier residents

    Part 2 – Michael Vasquez shares views of improving Congress and better representation for the NY-22

    Following the introduction and the ways to improve government, and a similar discussion by Mr. Drazen, the question and answer portion of the event took place. It was during this time Mr. Vasquez expanded on a few ideas to create jobs, balance the budget, cut government debt spending, and reduce the national debt. In addition, Mr. Vasquez took the opportunity to gain greater insight on the concerns that the average American feels are a priority, and need to be discussed on the floor of Congress.

    The following video of the Q&A is edited only to present the questions to, and answers from, Michael Vasquez:

    Q&A in Vestal, NY with Michael Vasquez and Southern Tier residents

    Michael Vasquez is continuing to explore a run for the 2014 New York 22nd Congressional election, and will be traveling throughout the NY-22 over the summer.

    As always we look forward to your comments, questions and support. Please visit exploratory.ElectMichaelVasquez.com to learn more.

    YNN questions Michael “Vass” Vasquez

    Mr. Vasquez has stated he will be launching an exploratory committee to evaluate a run for the 22nd Congressional District – currently held by fellow Republican Rep. Richard Hanna. The announcement was made on April 23, 2013 at 2pm in Downtown Binghamton, NY. After the announcement, YNN took the opportunity to ask questions on behalf of voters.

    This video is unedited for content

    Q & A with YNN

    Further information about the exploratory committee and the efforts of Mr. Vasquez to pursue elected office can be found at http://exploratory.electmichaelvasquez.com

    Video of NY 22nd Congressional District exploratory committee announcement

    The following is video of the full speech given by Michael “Vass” Vasquez on April 23, 2013. The announcement was made next to the Broome County Courthouse, at 2pm. Mr. Vasquez has stated he will be launching an exploratory committee to evaluate a run for the 22nd Congressional District – currently held by fellow Republican Rep. Richard Hanna.

    Video is unedited

    Speech given outside of the Broome County Courthouse

    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.

    There has been no edit of content.

    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 http://exploratory.electmichaelvasquez.com 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 (http://exploratory.electmichaelvasquez.com) in anticipation of a possible 2014 U.S. House of Representatives run.

    More about the exploratory committee can be found at http://exploratory.electmichaelvasquez.com

    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 (http://www.mvass.com/) and as a reporter for the Binghamton Political Buzz Examiner.com. 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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