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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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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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

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Lots to tell you about, looking forward to telling you what I saw and heard.

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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I’m sitting right now in the Fishkill offices of Congresswomen Nan Hayworth waiting to hear back from campaign officials concerning her race here in NY-18.

Oddly enough I stayed at the local Days Inn under a mile from here

Thanks for the bed oh Tip Jar hitters

but when I found out Zilla of the Resistance who I hoped to visit with was in a local hospital I decided to swing up first to see her and how she is doing.

Zilla and her reader provided portable nebulizer

This was a bit of a shock to me but not as much of a shock to those who have falsely claimed that Zilla either was not sick or not even a woman

You know I’m always hoping for a tip jar hit (and I’ll ask for one below) but if you can only afford to give to one of us, I think Zilla could use it more.

From the Hospital I headed back to Fishkill and saw the Hayworth Office where they staff kindly allowed me some space to work:

and a little bit of Hayworth swag

As a rule I don’t take yard signs as they are most valuable in the district.

Hayworth’s district is small compared to some of the large one farther north:

But the fight is just as tough, the left has predictably been using their standard “War on Women” lines, the fact that Nan Hayworth is not only a woman but a medical doctor doesn’t seem to have caused any kind of ripple in this nonsense. It certainly doesn’t seem to faze the overwhelmingly female staff that I met in the office.

There is however a real interesting issue concerning this race. Nan’s opponent Sean Maloney who apparently is looking for a spot in the group Manhattan Transfer since he has done is best to try to convince the voters of the district that he has transferred himself to this district from Manhattan, but two days ago during the Debate on Tuesday bragged about being involved in a company that created 100’s of jobs.

It is an effort to change the complexion of a race that RCP has +7 for Hayworth at the moment but I suspect this boast might have costs as apparently this company has more to it than meets the eye, in fact it has more to it that some folks on the left might not want in front of the voters eyes…but that for my next post.

Let me leave you with this thought

Re-Elect Nan Hayworth to Congress in NY 18

Because you can’t have too many Republican Women Doctors in Washington

The only “war on women” is by the left against people like Nan who won’t blindly follow their lead. You can kick into her campaign here.

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Update: Dan Riehl is ill too, my best to him.

Arrived in Fishkill and gave a call to Zilla of the Resistance to say I was somewhere in the area, talked to her husband and found out she is in the hospital, called her there and she sounded awful. I’ll stop by in the morning as visiting hours are done, I’m sure Nan Hayworth’s HQ in the area will still be there afterwards. (I wonder what the people who say Zilla isn’t real or isn’t sick will say about that?)

Please consider hitting her tip jar and saying a prayer for her.

As for the trip I’ve got a pretty decent wi-fi so I was Finally able to upload this very good interview with a MaMahon Supporter from my first stop

After I stopped at the McDonalds The Ray Kroc Memorial Media Center where I I took this picture…

…of a lady of the left who hoped my prediction for the election was incorrect I headed to another McMahon Office in Torrington CT where I found one other McMahon Satellite office.

Although I was pleased to find the office of congressional candidate Andrew Roraback next door and the office of the local GOP there in the same block

I found the Much cooler Jeff’s records and collectible with an incredible selection of classic vinyl

but more on that later. At the McMahon HQ I noticed an inordinate amount of young people working in the office on the phone, a good sign for the campaign.

However I still couldn’t get permission to talk to anyone officially.

At the Roraback office they were tied up in a meeting so I shot some swag

and waited, when one of the ladies from the GOP office came by, she consented to an interview so I went down to her office and talked to her

She is exactly the type of person you need to make a campaign succeed a person deep into the grass-roots who gives a ton of her time.

I returned briefly to the Roraback office and managed to meet the candidate.

He deserves more attention that I can give him in this post from there I headed off to NY finally stopping in Fishkill just south of Poughkeepsie where I met Rob.

Rob In college majoring in Social Work going for master, he’s working full-time ( I won’t say where) while studying, so he’s definitely in touch with how to get ahead.

He’s a social liberal supporting Gay marriage and “equal pay” (I put that in quotes because that has been the law for two generations how the left managed to sell it otherwise is beyond me). Although he has not been shy about working hard to get his education he doesn’t think students should have to do all they do to acquire it. As he put it:

“Why should I have to go bankrupt to get an education?”

Yet Rob has been sensible, he put in two years in a community college to cut costs and transferring over.

He thinks the mess we’ve been in was not fixable in four years but looks at the economy figuring things could be worse, no matter who wins eventually the economy will turn around. He has faith in the he put it:

“The United States has a history of achieving the impossible.”

Although we didn’t agree on a lot I certainly agree with that.

So now it’s 11:26 and I’m about to crash, tomorrow we’ll visit Zilla then it’s off to check out NY congressional races. Will Romney take the GOP freshmen over the line with him, lets find out in the morning and beyond.