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?
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.