“Accessible, Out there talking to people” I interview Ann Marie Buerkle NY-24

by Datechguy | October 30th, 2012

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"Accessible, Out there talking to people" I interview Ann Marie Buerkle NY-24

The last time I inter­viewed Ann Marie Buerkle on Cam­era she was a can­di­date for con­gress, how­ever her title of Con­gress­woman has not damp­ened her will­ing­ness to talk not even to a Radio Talk Show host and blog­ger from out of state.

Unfor­tu­nately the Acoustics of the area were HOR­RI­BLE and we didn’t have time to re-​shoot as she had to dash to another event so I will pro­vide a tran­script of the inter­view belowo:

DaT­e­chGuy: I’m here with Con­greswoman Ann Marie Buerkle. Ann Maire two years ago myself and another fel­low in a hat Stacy McCain came to Syra­cuse, you were in front of a build­ing that was being rented, you were talk­ing about how the Syra­cuse polls had you down 11 pts. You ended up win­ning that race, now it’s two years later as the incum­bent, much dif­fer­ent feel I imagine?

Con­gress­woman Ann Marie Buerkle (R-​NY-​24) A Much dif­fer­ent feel because now we have a record, a record I’m very proud of.

DTG: Now that’s some­thing I’ve noticed when I“ve talked to peo­ple. I inter­viewed quite a few peo­ple before this event and the word that I hear a lot about you is: ‘I talked to Ann Mare and she said’, ‘I’ve talked to Ann Marie and she said.’ so seem to be a rather acces­si­ble congresswoman.

AMB: We have We’ve had over 40 town hall meet­ings, we had over 60 mobile town hall units, we’ve been out in the com­mu­nity for hun­dreds of meet­ings and that’s what we’ve done we’ve embed­ded our­selves in the com­mu­nity and we have really been the voice that update New York hasn’t had in a long time.

DTG:Now what’s inter­est­ing is I remem­ber two years ago your oppo­nent [Con­gress­man] Dan Maf­fei was not talk­ing about his record and spend­ing his time attack­ing you. It’s two years later, and he’s still not talk­ing about his record and he’s still attack­ing you, and I don’t see how he thinks that strat­egy is going to work so well two years later when it didn’t work before?

AMB:Dan Maf­fei should be ashamed of him­self and I don’t know how he has the moxie to go out and ask the peo­ple for their vote after he has turned down four of these town hall debates, that he’s turned down major net­work debates, one with the local news­pa­per. He is afraid to reflect on his record, he is afraid to take respon­si­bil­ity for what he has voted for. All he wants to do is as you said: Attack attack attack rather than look­ing at what he voted for when he was in congress.

DTG:Now this is a slightly odd ques­tion, of course you’re an incum­bent now. In terms of how you pre­sent­ing your­self, in terms of how peo­ple are react­ing to you. What’s the main dif­fer­ence you see two years later from the pub­lic when you’re talk­ing to them?

AMB: Well when I ran I promised the peo­ple here of upstate New York that I would be their voice in Wash­ing­ton. And what we’ve done in the last two years, I have been their voice I have kept that promise we’ve been acces­si­ble, we’ve been respon­si­ble we’ve been inde­pen­dent of either party, we’ve done our best for the dis­trict. And that a promise made two years ago and a promise kept. We’re very proud of our record.

DTG:And what’s on the itin­er­ary for the next ten days or so?

AMB: Ahem lots of, we actu­ally have a cou­ple of debates left, ah, we have lots of meet­ings with dif­fer­ent orga­ni­za­tions planned, talk to the peo­ple it’s not unlike what we’ve done for the last 22 months, acces­si­ble, out there, talk­ing to people.

DTG:And I’ve gotta ask this one last ques­tion. One thing, I’ve been to sev­eral dis­tricts in NY and CT and this ridicu­lous “War on Women” attack has been every­where, doesn’t mat­ter if the can­di­date is a man or woman, doesn’t mat­ter what dis­trict, every­where I go, in Mass­a­chu­setts, in my own dis­trict, we see this. Can, I don’t under­stand how this has become the debate when the econ­omy is what every­one is wor­ry­ing about. Is this desperation?

AMB:It is des­per­a­tion, it’s dis­tor­tion it’s dis­trac­tion it’s a national cam­paign in which Dan Maf­fei has par­tic­i­pated. He doesn’t want us to look at his record. He doesn’t even want to remem­ber that he was a con­gress­man. He wants to pre­tend and make that record go away. He should be ashamed of him­self. He’s hid­ing behind the skirts of the vic­tims of rape. He’s hid­ing behind the skirts of vic­tims of domes­tic vio­lence and he demeans women by think­ing that the only thing we care about is the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment hand­ing out free con­tra­cep­tion. The Amer­i­can women are con­cerned about who’s going to make their health­care deci­sions, about jobs about the econ­omy, about jobs about the price of gaso­line at the pump, we care about far broader and more impor­tant issues and Dan Maf­fei really insults women with this whole cam­paign that he is running

DTG: Con­gress­woman Ann Marie Buerkle 24th dis­trict, Thank you very much for your time.

Now think about this, in NY-​24 we have Demo­c­rat Dan Maf­fei a can­di­date who is run­ning away from his record, run­ning away from the peo­ple and run­ning away from his past (Thus the Nick­name Dan “Col Run­away” Maf­fei or we have Ann Marie Buerkle who make it a point to stay acces­si­ble and account­able to the peo­ple in her dis­trict. Is that a choice at all? It is it REALLY?

Re-​Elect Ann Marie Buerkle to Con­gress in NY 24

Because “Acces­si­ble out there, talk­ing to peo­ple” is what a mem­ber of con­gress should be

Ann Marie was the hard­est hit of the 2010 fresh­man class in terms of redis­trict­ing and can use all the help she can get, kick into her cam­paign here and help return the best con­ser­v­a­tive in the North­east to congress.

The last time I interviewed Ann Marie Buerkle on Camera she was a candidate for congress, however her title of Congresswoman has not dampened her willingness to talk not even to a Radio Talk Show host and blogger from out of state.

Unfortunately the Acoustics of the area were HORRIBLE and we didn’t have time to re-shoot as she had to dash to another event so I will provide a transcript of the interview belowo:

DaTechGuy: I’m here with Congreswoman Ann Marie Buerkle. Ann Maire two years ago myself and another fellow in a hat Stacy McCain came to Syracuse, you were in front of a building that was being rented, you were talking about how the Syracuse polls had you down 11 pts. You ended up winning that race, now it’s two years later as the incumbent, much different feel I imagine?

Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY-24) A Much different feel because now we have a record, a record I’m very proud of.

DTG: Now that’s something I’ve noticed when I”ve talked to people. I interviewed quite a few people before this event and the word that I hear a lot about you is: ‘I talked to Ann Mare and she said’, ‘I’ve talked to Ann Marie and she said.’ so seem to be a rather accessible congresswoman.

AMB: We have We’ve had over 40 town hall meetings, we had over 60 mobile town hall units, we’ve been out in the community for hundreds of meetings and that’s what we’ve done we’ve embedded ourselves in the community and we have really been the voice that update New York hasn’t had in a long time.

DTG:Now what’s interesting is I remember two years ago your opponent [Congressman] Dan Maffei was not talking about his record and spending his time attacking you. It’s two years later, and he’s still not talking about his record and he’s still attacking you, and I don’t see how he thinks that strategy is going to work so well two years later when it didn’t work before?

AMB:Dan Maffei should be ashamed of himself and I don’t know how he has the moxie to go out and ask the people for their vote after he has turned down four of these town hall debates, that he’s turned down major network debates, one with the local newspaper. He is afraid to reflect on his record, he is afraid to take responsibility for what he has voted for. All he wants to do is as you said: Attack attack attack rather than looking at what he voted for when he was in congress.

DTG:Now this is a slightly odd question, of course you’re an incumbent now. In terms of how you presenting yourself, in terms of how people are reacting to you. What’s the main difference you see two years later from the public when you’re talking to them?

AMB: Well when I ran I promised the people here of upstate New York that I would be their voice in Washington. And what we’ve done in the last two years, I have been their voice I have kept that promise we’ve been accessible, we’ve been responsible we’ve been independent of either party, we’ve done our best for the district. And that a promise made two years ago and a promise kept. We’re very proud of our record.

DTG:And what’s on the itinerary for the next ten days or so?

AMB: Ahem lots of, we actually have a couple of debates left, ah, we have lots of meetings with different organizations planned, talk to the people it’s not unlike what we’ve done for the last 22 months, accessible, out there, talking to people.

DTG:And I’ve gotta ask this one last question. One thing, I’ve been to several districts in NY and CT and this ridiculous “War on Women” attack has been everywhere, doesn’t matter if the candidate is a man or woman, doesn’t matter what district, everywhere I go, in Massachusetts, in my own district, we see this. Can, I don’t understand how this has become the debate when the economy is what everyone is worrying about. Is this desperation?

AMB:It is desperation, it’s distortion it’s distraction it’s a national campaign in which Dan Maffei has participated. He doesn’t want us to look at his record. He doesn’t even want to remember that he was a congressman. He wants to pretend and make that record go away. He should be ashamed of himself. He’s hiding behind the skirts of the victims of rape. He’s hiding behind the skirts of victims of domestic violence and he demeans women by thinking that the only thing we care about is the Federal government handing out free contraception. The American women are concerned about who’s going to make their healthcare decisions, about jobs about the economy, about jobs about the price of gasoline at the pump, we care about far broader and more important issues and Dan Maffei really insults women with this whole campaign that he is running

DTG: Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle 24th district, Thank you very much for your time.

Now think about this, in NY-24 we have Democrat Dan Maffei a candidate who is running away from his record, running away from the people and running away from his past (Thus the Nickname Dan “Col Runaway” Maffei or we have Ann Marie Buerkle who make it a point to stay accessible and accountable to the people in her district. Is that a choice at all? It is it REALLY?

Re-Elect Ann Marie Buerkle to Congress in NY 24

Because “Accessible out there, talking to people” is what a member of congress should be

Ann Marie was the hardest hit of the 2010 freshman class in terms of redistricting and can use all the help she can get, kick into her campaign here and help return the best conservative in the Northeast to congress.

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