Michael “Vass” Vasquez speaks in Bainbridge, NY

On February 27, 2015, Michael “Vass” Vasquez was the keynote speaker at the meeting of the Tri-County Tea Party Patriots in Bainbridge, NY. The meeting started at 7 P.M. and was held in the Bainbridge Town Hall, in Chenango County (part of the 22nd Congressional District).

Speaking to a small crowd that filled the Town Hall, Mr. Vasquez spoke on a range of topics. He spoke about abortion; corruption in New York State; Executive Orders; immigration; Obamacare; the Dept of Homeland Security funding; and how New Yorkers are being represented by elected officials. But the theme connecting all of the topics of the discussion revolved around a central theme. That theme was that the public, through votes and active participation, maintain the true power of the Government.

One of the issues discussed was the on-going battle over the funding of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At the time of the speech the Senate had passed a “clean” Bill. That meant the effort to defund the Executive Orders on Immigration of President Obama in 2014 & 2012 would have been stripped from the Bill passed by the House of Representatives. But the House rejected the “clean” Bill offered by the Senate as it contained a caveat that it would only allow for funding of three weeks. Both Conservatives and Democrats joined in rejecting this limited bipartisan deal. Eventually, a temporary compromise was struck when a one-week funding was passed allowing DHS to operate as Congress continued the debate.

Another issue that was brought up by Mr. Vasquez was the upcoming 2016 election season. As Mr. Vasquez stated, discussions on potential candidates are being held by Democrats (who failed to offer the public a candidate for the 2014 congressional race), independents, Republicans (Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney opposed incumbent Rep. Richard Hanna in the 2014 race), and first time candidates ((Mr. Vasquez was a candidate from 2013 – 2014 before exiting the congressional race). While no individual has announced a run for 2016 at the State or Federal level, Mr. Vasquez predicted that several candidates would soon be touring districts and mailing flyers in the near-term. Mr. Vasquez made no mention if he would seek to run for elected office in 2016, nor was he asked in the question and answers period after the speech if he was considering this option.

The full exclusive video of the speech (parts 1 & 2) can be found at the M V Consulting, Inc channel on Youtube.

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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