As released by Politico just hours ago, Rep. Maurice Hinchey of NY plans to retire at the end of 2012. This will end a career in politics that started in 1974, and has lasted longer than many of his constituents have worked.
While I am always sad to see any politician or individual forced by health concerns to make drastic changes to their lives, I will at the same time say that the time for replacement is well overdue. I wish Rep. Maurice Hinchey good health and long life.
Separate of the personal concerns surrounding the departure, looking at the politics and service to the Southern Tier of New York, change has long been needed. New York State has endured 60 years of population and businesses exiting for other States. That is a direct reflection of the condition of our politicians and their guidance. Rep. Hinchey was a large figure in those policies and subsequent losses for nearly 3 decades.
Perhaps what concerned me the most were 2 things from the 2010 mid-term elections. There was the fact that Rep. Hinchey lied on the campaign trail, presenting as fact information that was not correct according to every media source. Compounding that lie was the fact that his staff, dedicated individuals that they are, went to great length to protect Rep. Hinchey from being questioned on the matter. They even went so far as to seek to try to rebuke my status as a member of the press. All of this was covered at the time it occured.
All politicians make mistakes. Had Rep. Hinchey owned up to that mistake it would have been simple. But to have his staff stonewall and avoid answering direct questions led me to believe that the best interest of New York and the Southern Tier was not being served.
Secondly, there was the response by Rep. Hinchey, at a townhall debate for the 2010 mid-term, in which the concept of the national and State deficits were completely alien to him. Such a lapse should have been major news, but the larger media chose to overlook this (though it is available on Youtube), possibly due to the fact that Rep. Hinchey was part of the old guard of Democrat control over New York.
Thus, hearing of the retirement, I cannot say that I am surprised or upset. No matter if a Democrat or Republican wins the seat of the NY 22nd District in Congress, I believe that New York and the Southern Tier will be better served and at greater advantage.
This of course is a personal statement, not reflective of M V Consulting or the content on its sites. It is not an attack on Rep. Hinchey, just facts and observation and a look to the future of the Southern Tier. There is no question that over the 3 decades of service, Rep. Hinchey did much good. It is also true that it was not all good.
Again, as a personal statement, I wish Rep. Hinchey good health and an enjoyable retirement.