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.

I want you to be famous for those exact words. I want people to call you Colonel Runaway. I want children laughing outside your door, ’cause they’ve found the house of Colonel Runaway.

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While Dan “Colonel Runaway” Maffei continues to dodge open Forums Ann Marie Buerkle and the Green Party Opponent answered questions from the assembled Crowd.

There was some press before the event that took a few shots before

But were not there at the end.

I’ve already posted on the comments of the audience (the voters comments always take priority) now lets look at the event itself

The candidates made their opening cases first Miss Rozum

And then Congresswoman Buerkle:

I particularly liked the format it maximized the influence of the votes while minimizing the impact of the moderator. The questions were submitted in writing from the audience, put into a basket and drawn randomly by the moderator to be asked, Audience members were offered the chance to read their own questions if they declined the moderator would read them. The first question was on Benghazi.

At the time I hadn’t heard about them men going in against orders (more on that tomorrow). The questions continued Social Security:

The Economy:

And High Speed Rail which has been an issue of discussion in NY as well as California

The question on Fracking was one of only three where an audience member choose to ask their question themselves

I wasn’t aware that Fracking was a big issue in NY. the Next question was on Re-Licensing Nuclear Plants

and Privatizing Social Security

The Obamacare question was very significant as layoffs had just been announced at a local hospital over it

and another question on jobs

I thought the congresswoman make a good point on the nature of what a member of congress can do.

Both candidates then made closing statements, first Miss Rozum

I thought she was a rather good representative for the far left Green Party. She made a positive case for positions that many democrats would agree with and at the end of the event there were not many of her signs still in the hall to be taken. As her opponent Congresswoman Buerkle put it:

Ursula is a woman who has the courage of her convictions and I think whether agree or disagree on one issue or ten issues the only way our society and our government and our civilization is going to come, is going to reach any solutions is if people are willing to sit down and have a robust debate and discussion on issues and I think her courage as a Green Party candidate to do what she has done is to be commended and should be appreciated by this community because what she has done has not been an easy task by any stretch.

That’s pretty high praise from an opponent.

Congresswoman Buerkle closed the event with her closing statement

Throughout the event she made a positive and rational case both for her re-election and on the issues, what was really impressive was how she didn’t over promise and talked sensibly taking the voters seriously.

The real winners of the event were the voters who were present

Not only did they ask great substantive questions

But they had direct access to the candidates who spent a few minutes afterwards talking to them

And the biggest loser that would be Dan “Colonel Runaway” Maffei who after spending 2010 running away from his record has decided a winning strategy is to run away from the voters. What can you say about a grown man, a former congressman who has less courage than a girl in her 20’s as Congresswoman Put it.

Dan Maffei’s absence has been, I think an insult to the voters of this district I think if he wants the voters to know where he stands on the issues he has a responsibility as a candidate to come forth and the (record?) and you all know where he stands.

There were four town halls, one in each county in NY-24 and Dan “Col Runaway” Maffei ducked every one of them for fear they might ask him something that he would have to answer.

There is a clear choice in this race a Congresswoman who gives access or a Congressman who runs away.

Re-Elect Ann Marie Buerkle to Congress in NY 24

Because NY-24 deserves a representative who listens to the people in the district instead of running away from them

You can kick into her campaign here.

Update via the Lonely Conservative I suspect this video was not shot at the event:

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One problem I ran into during my road trip was a reluctance on the part of avg voters to go on Camera. The Big Exception was in NY-24 at the Clay Town Hall candidate forum. About 75 voters came to Watch Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) and Green Party Candidate Ursula Rozum answer questions on a wide variety of issues. Democrat Candidate and former Congressman Dan Maffei skipped this town hall as he has every previous one.

However the voters were there and talked to me. First was Ralph:

My batteries died in the middle of the interview so I shot a 2nd part

Lee had some Choice words for Dan Maffei missing the event:

One Lee talked to me the dam was opened and people queued up to speak to me, First Michael on Obamacare

Mark who had comments on High Speed Rail

And Ed on Capital Gains

I’ll have the video of the Q & A later and the Candidate’s reactions but what about voters? I talked to Gary

There is one constant theme in all these interviews, Ann Marie Buerkle accessible, and running on her record. Dan Maffei not accessible.

If this is what’s going on after two years, I think Congresswoman Buerkle will do very well come election day.

Incidentally if you are wondering why there are no Maffei or Rozum supporters were interviewed, it’s simply because none were willing to talk. I gave a general invitation to the crowd and went from person to person, I can’t make people talk to me nor will I film a “non-combatant” without permission

that is being reported at

Maffei has opened up a four-point lead over Buerkle, 44 percent to 40 percent, according to the poll of likely voters conducted by the Democratic polling firm Normington, Petts and Associates of Washington, D.C…The poll, conducted July 16 through July 18, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points, suggesting the race is essentially a tossup.

This poll comes to you courtesy of the SEIU and a Democrat Pac

The House Majority PAC/SEIU poll of 400 likely voters in the 24th District found Maffei leading Buerkle 44 percent to 40 percent, with Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum supported by five percent of voters. Eleven percent of voters are undecided.

I seem to recall the Syracuse paper pushing a poll showing Buerkle down 12 points. And when all was said and done Buerkle won by several hundred votes.

So if I’m Ann Marie Buerkle and the post is reporting me trailing within the margin of error, I’m feeling pretty good about my chances this time around. If the polling pushed is as accurate as last time she must be up at least 5.

But that shouldn’t be a surprise, she has three advantages she didn’t have before.

1. She is an incumbent instead of being an unknown.

2. Obama will be voted on next congress

and most important of all, the single thing that will drive more votes to the GOP than anything else:

Obama is on the ballot!

That more than anything else is going to be a godsend for Republicans nationwide.


The DaTechGuy fundraiser continues, We are still not yet half way toward the goal and any help would be welcome.

Things are heating up in NY-25 again

Two years ago I had the privilege of watching Ann Marie Buerkle call BS on the media and the Syracuse papers

Both on a story concerning taxes and rents and then on the polls.

Well we are getting toward another election cycle and the paper insisted Buerkle was down 11 with two weeks to go is at it again with this headline:

‘Medi-Scare’: Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle shades truths on health care law

What has gotten their ire? Congresswoman Buerkle is fighting back again:

U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle condemned a group handing out a flier making what she said were false statements about her stances on Medicare and other issues.

“It’s not fair to seniors,” she told the crowd of about 80 at Cicero Town Hall. “Politics are politics, but when you hand out stuff like this and you scare seniors, that’s just wrong.”

After the opening the article spends about forty paragraphs trying to bend her statements into a pretzel.

This is the same Syracuse paper that insisted that Buerkle was down 11 with two weeks to go, I presume that the polling crew that came up with those numbers must have moved to Wisconsin to do the exit polls. They claim that Congresswoman Buerke’s statements on Obamacare are “misleading” but more interesting is the use of Politifact to attack her.

Politifact? Wasn’t it just over six months ago that Paul Krugman called Politifact: “useless and irrelevant” that Steve Benen said Politifact: “ought to be ashamed of itself“, that John Cole said: promotes the truth as a lie“, that Think Progress said had its “Pants on fire” that Firedog lake declared: “Disgraced itself“.

How is it that the left leaning Syracuse Post Standard would use as a source the vehicle Tommy Christopher referred to as: “a site whose credibility depends on the illusion that they’re impartial arbiters of truth”?

Simple, those standards only apply when they are attacking statements by Democrats but as I said in December Politifact:

should not fear, as the election gets closer and the left decides they need them they will forgive just as long as they provide fodder

A new election season is near and Democrats are having a very bad time of it, so any card and weapon that can be played, even one previously discarded, will be used again.

Particularly if you have to counter a foe who won’t take such attacks lying down.

After long day of promoting the show door to door it’s nice to come home to good news like this:

Finally, after weeks of canvassing, absentee ballot counting, and legal challenges, Rep. Dan Maffei (D) has conceded to Ann Marie Buerkle (R) in the NY25 race.

A press conference is scheduled for 4PM today.

Ann Marie is a treasure and I didn’t realize her pro-life credentials were so strong

Remember that (a) Buerkle was endorsed by Sarah Palin, and (b) Buerkle is pro-life and was a former spokeswoman for Operation Rescue.

I wonder what Morning Joe will say about this race where Palin endorsed and nobody outside of Me Stacy and the Lonely Conservative thought was a winner?

Ann Marie is a fine woman and will be an even finer representative, I just wish more of the stories were “Ann Marie Wins” rather than Maffei concedes.

There is also good news of a non political nature as not only is BBC America going to be showing the Dr. Who Proms this year but the Christmas Special actually be shown, on Christmas.

BBC America have confirmed they will be showing the 2010 Doctor Who Prom on Christmas Day, the same day they show the 2010 Christmas Special A Christmas Carol.

And if that’s not enough the new preview of the Christmas special is out:

Is that awesome or what?

Oh and today some blogger out of Tennessee you might have heard of has confirmed as a guest for January 15th show.

Now if the potential customer whose ads I’m now writing like them then my cup will runneth over even more.

Following up on my last post I spoke to Ann Marie Buerkle this week:

DaTechGuy: How are the absentee ballots looking so far?

Ann Marie Buerkle: They are looking pretty good absentee ballots are breaking more from areas I’ve done well in.

DTG: So what kind of tactics have you been seeing the other side running?

AMB: Well first of all they asked for a manual count, the Judge has rejected that temporarily. No problems have come up with the machines. The DCCC and the Unions are here in force and their campaign has asked the media to in a memo to hold off reporting on the race. They’ve even been contacting voters at home to find how they voted! (DTG as I’ve reported here)

DTG: Has there been any issues with Military Ballots?

AMB: No they have steered clear of them, so far.

DTG: I guess that is the last resort, What kind of operation are they running?

AMB: The goal seems to be to disqualify as many republican ballots as they can, they are objecting to absentee ballots at a ratio of 3-1 compared to us.

DTG: And what about the congressman himself?

AMB: There has been sign of him, he has not make a statement or an appearance since election night. On Veterans day he didn’t even put in an appearance or a statement, very very unusual.

DTG: Speaking of unusual a lot of people seems to have been taken by surprise by your lead.

AMB: John McCain only took 43% of the vote in this district.

DTG: And there was that poll we talked about during Stacy McCain’s and my visit.

AMB: We worked very hard in Monroe County and took it 55-45. No Republican had ever taken Monroe county before. We did even better in Wayne county with 65% of the vote and I have to mention the grass roots effort in the town of Webster, simply masterful, volunteers knocked on every door and left materials at every house more than once. I can’t say enough about our volunteers.

DTG: And as the count goes on what will you be up to?

AMB: I will be attending the Congressional Freshman Orientation event in Washington.

DTG: Yeah with the current popularity of the president that a losing proposition, no wonder they are all in now. Finally with all the Union and DCCC help against you I presume you could use a few dollars to keep up.

AMB: Yes we need to be able to match them as they try to disqualify enough republican absentee ballots to manage a win.

DTG: And where can people give?

AMB: They can give at our post Election Fund here.

DTG: Ann Marie Buerkle thank you for your time

You might remember Ny-25 as one of the stops on my pre-election road trip. Well strange things seem to be going on over there.

The first strange thing is the absence of media attention, apparently this is a request from the Maffei campaign that has apparently not fallen on deaf ears:

any vote totals reported before every absentee ballot is counted are grossly incomplete and premature, particularly before ballots in Onondaga County are counted…While the media has responsibility to report the daily developments during the recanvass and tallying of absentee ballots, they also have a responsibility to characterize the early steps in this process accordingly.

Please please please reporters don’t report on the count at this time.

And what is going on that they don’t want reported on? Stuff like this:.

While the reasons for this effort are unclear, many agree it could be an attempt by some to identify who each person voted for in an effort to disqualify certain eligible ballots from being counted,” Buerkle said. “I would like the public to know that my campaign is not connected to this current effort. Further, no American — in upstate New York or anywhere — is in anyway under obligation to provide information to anyone on how he or she voted in any election, including my own.”

Buerkle’s statement did not name Maffei’s campaign as the party responsible for the calls, but a spokeswoman for the Maffei campaign confirmed they are calling voters in the district.

Maffei campaign communications director Abigail Gardner said Monday that while she believes they are asking how people voted, the reason for the calls is to ensure all votes are counted.

“It’s totally legal and there’s nothing really shady about it,” Gardner said. “I think we are asking how people voted, but the most important thing is to make sure that, if somebody cast a vote, that it’s going to be counted. There have been some problems.”emphasis mine

I think we are asking how people voted? I think! You don’t know?

Sure a campaign trying to play with the secret ballot? Nothing shady about that at all. Ann Marie Burkele’s campaign put out this statement:

Buerkle calls on voters who are contacted to ask who is calling and not feel that they must reveal how they voted.

“If anyone is contacted in this effort please know that your vote is privileged and under no circumstances should an individual be pressured into revealing how their vote was cast,” she said. “If you are contacted, ask them to provide their full name, for whom they work, why they are seeking this information and if you are required to provide this information.”

I’ve been wondering why this recount hasn’t gotten the attention others like NY-1 have. As the Maffei campaign lawyers up and activists start heading up to the area to try to salvage a seat from the big red wave, I guess we know why.

More to come.

Update: Looks like that count is heading in the right direction

The difference means that Buerkle has now widened her overall lead in the four-county district to 729 votes, according to unofficial election returns.

Buerkle picked up a net gain of 24 votes in Cayuga County (59 to 35 over Maffei) from absentee ballots, according to Cayuga County Election Commissioner Kate Lacey. Buerkle also had a net gain of 18 votes in Monroe County (630 to 612 over Maffei) after absentee ballots were opened from its three towns in the district, according to figures supplied by both campaigns.

By my calculations Maffei needs to win the Absentees in Onondaga county by twice the spread that he won the vote of to come out ahead, that’s not even counting any spread in Wayne county. I think it’s looking good.

Update 2: Added missing link