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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

Michael Vasquez announces 2014 run for Congress in Utica, NY: Transcript

Thank you all for joining me on this busy work day.
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When I first announced my intention to explore a run for the NY 22nd congressional seat in April of this year, The approval rating for Congress was a mere 15%. Today it is about 9%. The reason then is the same as the reason now – Congress is disconnected from the public it serves.

I have spent years as a political commentator, I have delved into laws that members of Congress failed to read. I have reported on the lack of action, and the flip-flops elected officials have presented – promising one thing and voting another repeatedly. I have noticed, as many Americans have, as our Congressmen and women have folded on campaign promises and defining principles one by one.

Since April I have spoken to people and organizations and businesses across the New York 22nd. In cities like Binghamton, Homer, Norwich, Utica, each time hearing the same thing. Who is our Representative, what are they doing in Congress, why have we been told one answer and the proof of votes and Bills are another?

What I have found, time and again, is that the people of the New York 22nd feel isolated from their Representative. That they have just another politicians that is adept at keeping a seat of power, without real substantive difference to the lives of constituents.

That last point is vital. Critical issues in just this year like the Obamacare, immigration, late-term abortion, the NSA, Syria and international politics are just a few items. Most of all are jobs and the economy. To each, Congress and our Representative have failed the public. Whether it is the flip-flops on where our elected officials stand, or the inability to defend our views, the result has been the same. We all want a change, we want to be represented in Congress, not to just maintain a politician.

In my ongoing conversations, people have asked simple questions. Can we get a member of Congress that will take a stand on the issues. Someone that understands what is happening in the nation and the world. Someone that can bridge the gap between D.C. and New York. Someone that shares our values of hard work, fiscal responsibility, and defense of our freedoms.

What I have offered is what I have said, and written, for the better part of a decade as a member of the press and commentator. My consistent views and understanding of not only what a law will do today, but what it may do tomorrow. I have presented the issues and arguments of both sides so voters can be informed and make the best decision they can. I have strived, as some in the media have, to remind politicians that the power of our Government remains, as it always has, with the people and not those elected to office.

But, as we all know and the approval rate proves, Congress has not heard us. Our elected officials have offered 30 second soundbites, pork barrel spending, and political double talk. They have rested on the assurance that the cost and difficulty of running for elected office has created a class of almost nobility. It is almost easier to die in office than be elected out, and that has apparently made them immune to the voices of the very people they are there to represent.

It is because of this reality, the desires of the public and the failure of Congress that has put me on this path. I can no longer just own my home, work my job and run my small business, and assume that the best interest of the NY-22 is being supported. It appears that so many of us agree on this; young and old; rich and poor; every race and religion. Something must be done.

Today, on behalf of those that want a clear and vocal voice in Congress, a Representative with defined views and a willingness to support what the public wants, a member of Congress that recalls the power is from the people for the people…always, I am announcing my entry into the 2014 New York Congressional race for the Republican ticket.

This is a decision I have not made lightly. I know that to earn the trust of the public I will need to speak across the district more, and that there are many questions that need to be answered. I look forward to the opportunity to speak directly, with forthright answers, to the entire District so that we can ensure that we get more from Congress than lip service and a reign of nobles.

Today is only the first part of that process. Tonight I will be in Endicott NY, and over the coming days and weeks I will be on the radio, in town halls, at meet & greets in the homes of many who expect more from our Government and politicians. Look up what I have said over the years, listen to my answers to your questions, and when the time comes pick the choice that you believe is best for the NY-22 and our nation.

I believe we deserve more, and it’s time we remind Congress that they are not a nobility, that we control the election, and we will get what we deserve.

Thank you.

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