Letter to NY-22 candidate Dan Lamb

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 Representative Richard Hanna and his opponent Dan Lamb, 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 Dan Lamb is as follows:

Dan Lamb
Mr. Lamb,

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 become 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 – Rep. Richard Hanna – 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.

Mr. Lamb, while you have not held elected office you have worked closely with Rep. Maurice Hinchey to pass and present legislation affecting voters in the now 22nd District. Therefore our questions seek to distinguish clearly where you stand on the issues you have worked on in the past.

  • 1) On your website (http://www.danlambforcongress.com/issues), you emphasize the importance of jobs.

    “Far too many New Yorkers are unemployed and even more are underemployed. That’s why job creation has to be our top priority.”

    On October 6, 2010 you spoke at the Vestal Library on behalf of Rep. Hinchey and extolled the benefit of the Stimulus. You stated at the time that some “1.3 – 3 million jobs were created or saved” and that this was ‘just what was needed’. As of this letter, the Stimulus has still yet to attain a single net job creation after more than 3 years and roughly $860 billion dollars of debt.

    Do you still believe that the Stimulus was a good decision? Do you believe is has had a tangible benefit to constituents in the NY-22?

  • 2) On behalf of Rep. Maurice Hinchey, you worked to support and pass the Health Care Reform (Obamacare). It is an issue you do not address on your website, though it is a major issue facing America, and will surely be an issue for the 113th Congress and the winner of the 2012 Presidential election.

    Do you feel that the Health Care Reform, as it exists today, is the best solution for America? Considering the concerns of the Supreme Court (both in the majority opinion and the dissent) do you feel as strongly about this law today as when you worked with Rep. Hinchey to pass it?

  • 3) In regard to the deficit, Rep. Hinchey (Oct 15, 2010 debate) clearly felt that increased debt was an issue without merit. Today the national deficit stands just over $16 trillion, a figure that will grow to more than $20 trillion in the next 3 to 7 years depending on interest rates and current optimistic assumptions of recovery.

    Do you believe that the national debt is an issue? 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?

  • 4) On illegal immigration, Rep. Hinchey took a very decisive stance with HR 391 in February 2011. A Quinnipiac University July 2010 poll on New York State said 58% of New York State voters believe immigration reform should focus on stricter enforcement of laws against illegal immigrants.

    Where do you stand on illegal immigration?

    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 elected, and they will directly affect every constituent of the NY-22.

    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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