I‘m not an evangelical voter, though I’m happy to have any honest discussion about politics. I like information and understanding.
There are two races on which I’ll vote tomorrow that have national significance:
- House of Representativess, 24th District, Michael Arcuri [D] vs. Richard Hanna [R]
- President of the United States, John McCain [R] vs. Barack Obama [D]
Richard Hanna is a breath of fresh air in Central New York. He’s a businessman, not a career politician. If he’s not silver-tongued like his opponent, it’s to his credit. I’ll take a genuine guy over a weasel of a politician any day.
Michael Arcuri is a shill for his party – he’s a Blue Dog on paper only. As late as September, over 80% of his campaign contributions had come from outside our district. Arcuri serves his party nationwide and in Washington more than he serves the 24th Congressional District. They might love him for it. I don’t.
Richard Hanna didn’t have $5,000/plate breakfasts held hundreds of miles from his district. If he’s a shill, it’s for people in Upstate New York – and that’s exactly the type of shill I want.
Their stances on the large, looming national issues are fairly predictable given their respective parties. They did differ a great deal on education funding, as I wrote last week, and on their understanding of public education. Hanna not only gets how we deliver, monitor and improve public education, but he understands how it relates to that ‘brain-drain’ we’ve got in Upstate NY.
After two years of Michael Arcuri’s impotent representation, Richard Hanna is a welcome alternative.
My vote for the 24th Congressional District of New York is for Richard Hanna.
I’m a simple guy. The government’s got two main functions: to keep me safe and to stay out of my way. Senator John McCain will be better than his opponent at both.
My vote for the President of the United States is for John McCain.