On April 11, 2016, one of the candidates for the New York 22nd congressional race ran a new Facebook ad to gain attention from voters in lieu of actually meeting voters or taking interviews with various news media. That candidate was Republican Steve Wells of Madison County. This add prompted the following personal commentary by Michael “Vass” Vasquez:
Since Steve Wells will not allow me to comment on his Facebook post, and will not respond to my request for interview (which raises questions) I am forced to ask in this manner. The following is a paid advertisement currently being circulated by the Wells Campaign –
“We have a fundamental right to keep and bear arms. LIKE if you agree.”
This is a fact of the 2nd Amendment. But it is being used as a political enticement to support Wells. Here is the question that therefore MUST be asked –
Mr. Wells, what does your Facebook ad mean?
Supporters of the 2nd Amendment already agree with this statement, which does not denote support for you. Are you stating you oppose the NY SAFE Act? If so, why have you said nothing about it since its inception (and to date)? If you are implying the Executive Orders of President Obama, why not say so directly? Perhaps most importantly, why does your ad fail to clearly state what you will do? How will you support the 2nd Amendment, which is what the ad is inferring (or do I misunderstand the ad)?
I openly and continuously request an interview to answer these and other questions about your candidacy for the NY-22 race, where every question and answer will be provided to the public WITHOUT edit – as is the policy of Binghamton Political Buzz at Examiner.com.
Feel free to LIKE and SHARE this if you would like an answer to the questions I am asking.”
This post drew attention among those that support the 2nd Amendment, the very voters targeted by Steve Wells in the brief ad. It seems that this caused a reaction in the Wells Campaign – a slight modification to the ad on April 12, 2016. That led to the following additional Facebook commentary post:
“Apparently Steve Wells reads my posts (or at least his staff does). He still won’t allow me to comment, nor will his campaign return my calls, neither respond to my request for interview – BUT take on his ad on Facebook and he responds.
I said on 4/11/16 –
” ‘We have a fundamental right to keep and bear arms. LIKE if you agree.’ [Wells Campaign]…
Here is the question that therefore MUST be asked –
Mr. Wells, what does your Facebook ad mean?… If you are implying the Executive Orders of President Obama, why not say so directly?… How will you support the 2nd Amendment, which is what the ad is inferring (or do I misunderstand the ad)?”
Well the Facebook ad, out as of today 4/12/16, is still touting the 2nd Amendment. But NOW there is a change to this –
“We have a fundamental right to keep and bear arms. The Obama administration and liberal organizations have repeatedly advocated the removal of this right. It must be protected. SIGN if you agree.”
So I must conclude that the answer to what I asked on 4/11 is that this is an ad against the Executive Orders of President Obama (and nothing to do with the NY SAFE Act that Mr. Wells continues to be silent on). Nice to have some partial clarification that should honestly never have needed to be clarified if the candidate wanted to let the public to know where he stands.
Since Mr. Wells (or his staff most likely) are reading my posts/articles, please agree to an interview. In addition, could you please explain WHAT WILL YOU DO to protect the 2nd Amendment? You still have failed to tell the public that. And if you are reading this, keep in mind that there are MANY voters reading this too (as you know since you changed the ad).
At this rate, the public might get a full answer on June 29th – right AFTER the primary. But I will keep trying, as I am watching ALL the candidates and what they say.”
The lack of clarity appears to be glaring. The attempt to win support in the equivalent of an empty 30-second soundbite, is in my personal opinion, insulting to voters. I call upon candidate Steve Wells, and all the congressional candidates, to reach out to the public with complete answers to the question of what they stand for and what they plan to do if elected. Anything less does not rise to the justification for support or a vote.
But you are welcome to make your own determination. If you agree, pleased spread this article. If you disagree, respectfully add your comment and let us know why.
Michael “Vass” Vasquez
President – M V Consulting, Inc
Writer – Binghamton Political Buzz Examiner.com
Binghamton 18th Election District Republican Committeeman