Letter to incumbent Rep. Richard Hanna, candidate for NY-22

With the Labor Day holiday past, the summer coming to an end, and the Olympics a fading memory average Americans are starting to focus hard on the 2012 election and the State and local election races. To that end, we have contacted Dan Lamb and his opponent incumbent Representative Richard Hanna, each seeking election in the newly created New York 22nd Congressional District.

We have sent each a letter focusing on issues that their constituents have strong opinions about. These are issues that not only affect New York, but the nation and will be placed before the 113th Congress.

Our only goal is to gain clarification on where the candidates stand. What views they hold, in comparision to campaign speeches and efforts declared previously. Any and all responses will be provided to readers verbatim, in whatever format we receive. We have extended the offer to interview each candidate.

The letter to Representative Richard Hanna is as follows:

Representative Richard Hanna
Rep. Richard Hanna,

On behalf of M V Consulting, and in conjunction with Examiner.com, we would like to ask you a few questions about your campaign to remain the New York Representative of the 22nd Congressional District. Our questions are in reference to the issues facing constituents of the NY-22, and a similar letter is being sent to your opponent – Dan Lamb – at this same time.

Foremost we wish to state that we pick no sides in the election. We are only seeking to provide facts and answers to questions for our readers – as we have done in our elections coverage past and present. To that end, any and all answers will be presented verbatim as they are received.

Rep. Hanna, due to the continued gerrymandering of New York State districts (on all levels) many voters of the new New York 22nd Congressional District have never heard about you, nor are aware of your positions. Our questions seek to address what you sought in 2010, and what you may look to do in 2013 if re-elected.

  • 1) One of the major issues you spoke about in 2010 was the national deficit. You stated January 20, 2010

    “As we live through the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression every American’s share of our multi-trillion dollar debt is over $184,000.” – http://www.wktv.com/news/local/82175087.html

    Today the debt per person in America is $140,012 (according to US Debt Clock – in 2008 it was $94,359). The national debt now exceeds $16 trillion, and estimates from the OMB targets the debt at over $20 billion in 2016.

    Out of the 30 debt cutting proposals you voted on, you only voted in favor of 7 – why is that? Do you believe that increased spending (present in the Obama and Ryan budget proposals) is justified? Is there a part of the budget, that if subject to cuts to reduce the debt, that you would not vote to support?

  • 2) On the Health Care Reform, you voted to repeal the law. You also stated in the 2010 campaign that reforms are needed in malpractice suits, as well as interstate healthcare coverage.

    What have/are you proposing to replace the Health Care Reform with if it is repealed?

  • 3) You stated December 14, 2010 (www.richardhannaforcongress.com/issues)

    “The growth of government is unsustainable and must be reversed…The Democrats want more spending with larger programs. The Republicans want to cut taxes, but have been unwilling to cut spending. Both paths only feed the disease that is killing us.”

    So far, under President Obama, the Federal Government has grown 6.2% (CNN/Money Jan. 25, 2010), what have you done to curtail this growth?

  • 4) Considering your strong stance on limiting Government and reducing spending, can you explain why you voted to allow the Government to use public funds to sponsor NASCAR race cars? (H Amdt 92)

    These are but a few of the critical issues facing the 113th Congress, and the winner of the 2012 election. They are issues that will be directly decided by the votes you hope to take part in, if re-elected.

    We hope that you will provide our readers answers to these questions, demarking clearly where you stand. We welcome the opportunity to provide our readers with your thoughts in a video interview, or any other means you choose to provide.


    Michael Vass
    President – M V Consulting, Inc

  • About the Author

    Michael Vass
    Born in 1968, a political commentator for over a decade. Has traveled the U.S. and lived in Moscow and Tsblisi, A former stockbroker and 2014 Congressional candidate. Passionate about politics with emphasis on 1st and 2nd Amendments.

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