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I am Michael Vasquez, exploring a better vision for the New York 22nd Congressional District.
On November 18, 2013 Michael Vasquez announced his entry into the 2014 NY Congressioal race for the 22nd District on the Republican ticket. You cans see more about the election campaign and Mr. Vasquez at www.MichaelVasquezforCongress.com
Why would anyone want to run for elected office, let alone Congress? That's a big question that I've seriously thought about for a long time.
The majority of the public (59% as of 3/31/13) believe that the nation is headed in the wrong direction. That's Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and everyone. Pick your favorite target - President Obama, Congress, the Senate, either or both political parties; however you look at it the answer remains the same - Government is dysfunctional. Part of that is due, in my opinion, to the disconnect of elected officials to the constituents they represent.
For the New York 22nd Congressional District there is an added level of disconnect. For months I've asked a simple question - "Who is the Representative in Congress?" Even during the 2012 election, and since, the most common answer is 'I don't know.' That's unacceptable.
Government has long been a growing pool of career politicians and millionaires (48% of Congress). There is nothing wrong with service to Government, or success in business - both should be commended - but how does a career politician understand the impact of delaying budget decisions to average American families? How well does a millionaire understand the priorities of a family living check to check with foreclosure on the horizon?
As bad as that may be, there is the fact that the communication is one-sided. Constituents may contact the elected official, but the elected officials tend to only speak with constituents when an election is near or so they make it seem.
I think that needs to change.
Over the coming weeks and months I will be speaking about my views, the issues facing the nation and New York State. I will introduce myself, and I want to hear what you think is important. Tell me what you want from a Representative in Congress, and learn about me in the process.
Together, let's see if we can improve Congress and make Government about the people again - not just career politicians and millionaires.
You can learn more about me here
You can read through the years of articles and commentary I have written here - don't accept anyone's summary, see for yourself.
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