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The last stop of my Road trip was to the Campaign office of Congressman Chris Gibson in Kingston NY

Kingston could not be more different from the small town of Kinderhook where he grew up and maintains an office, it was sprawling full of nationally known names you would see at any mall which really threw off my navigation. It was late at night and I had made several wrong turns on the way but finally made it there near 8 p.m. or so.

Gibson like Ann Marie Buerkle and Nan Hayworth were both elected in the freshman class of 2010. While both Hayworth and Buerkle have a medical background Chris Gibson’s background is Military serving 24 years rising to the rank of Colonel and in the process earning the Purple Heart 2 Legions of Merrit and 4 Bronze Stars over the course of 7 deployments and 4 combat tours of duty.

Like most of the upstate (north of NY) congress members his district has been drastically redrawn from this:

To this

I talked to his campaign spokeswomen Stephanie Valle and while polls are looking good with such a drastically redrawn district they are taking nothing for granted.

While his opponent has decided to play the war on women card so like practically every Democrat Congressman Gibson instead runs on and toward rather than away from his record, but one would not expect a decorated soldier to do anything less.

Optimistic polls not withstanding with only a +2.3 point registration advantage for the GOP it would be a good idea for national republicans to give a hand in this race to make sure the Colonel is returned to congress.

Re-Elect Chris Gibson to Congress in NY 19

Congress needs people who will lead from the front

You can kick into his campaign here.

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I’m sitting at the Lonely Conservative’s Kitchen Table as her son gets ready for school holding a union mailer hitting Ann Marie Buerkle:

A lot of Union Pension money has gone down the drain trying to keep Democrats afloat and I don’t think high-speed rail is going to be a winner but at least is at least one argument that doesn’t involve ladyparts.

Yesterday I continued my drive through New York hitting Kinderhook Birthplace of 8th President Marvin Van Buren

and of Congressman Chris Gibson of the 19th district

Gibson is of those Freshman 2010 republicans defending a seat in a district where registration is within two points, of course his congressional office is totally separate from the political operation by law

From the 19th district I headed North

to the historic area of Saratoga

and the local office of Matt Doheny

who has taken up the mantle of Doug Hoffman.

It was the nicest building I’ve ever seen for a campaign office but unfortunately there was nobody there for me:

My laptop power was almost out, so I sat down on the floor in the foyer charging my laptop and finishing up my under the fedora column. Available here here, and here

From there I spent 2 hours heading west to crash at the Lonely Conservative place (shades of 2010).

Today I’ll be hitting a forum in Clay Township where Ann Marie Buerkle is in a rematch with Dan Maffei.

I think it is one of the most interesting races in the country in the sense that you have the Democrat who was elected in the Obama wave of 2008 and a Republican elected in the Big Red wave of 2010.

With Mitt Romney clearly winning the presidency (MSNBC & Intrade not withstanding), the question that is left is: Is the backlash against Obama or against the GOP?

Two years ago I was in this same district when the local papers claimed Buerkle was down 11 before winning, She is in much better shape this time around, I’m sure a friendly Fedora won’t hurt.

That’s my Scott Brown sign I put out there, it’s already gotten some odd looks here in NY. I’ll explain why I transplanted it later today.

From that event, it’s back east, hitting the St. Kateri Tekakwitha shine and I’ll give another go to some other campaign locations hightailing it back to Fitchburg.

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