Dan Maffei is a nice man. He is a family man with a new wife and his first child. He did buy a townhouse in Washington, DC but he also maintains a residence in Dewitt in Syracuse. He lives a life that is split between two places, he apparently had earned enough money to afford two houses and he wants his family with him. Living in Washington, DC when Congress is in session actually may give an advantage to Dan Maffei and to his constituents in that he is not always rushing between cities. He can learn his way around Washington and schmooze with greater ease.
When he is in Syracuse, which has been a lot lately with Congress on so many breaks, he has kept up a demanding schedule of meetings with community groups, and with veteran’s groups. He has also been busy delivering a number of grants in the area. We may have mixed feelings about grants being just another name for earmarks but not one of these grants has been terribly large, none have been for anything like “a bridge to nowhere”, and all will benefit the entire area by helping fund groups that offer support to local people.
Dan Maffei is a prodigiously educated guy. He is a Syracuse success story. He graduated from Nottingham High School and attended Brown University, Columbia University and Harvard where he studied Government. He has a great resume also. He worked with Senator Bill Bradley, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Representative Charles Rangel on the Ways and Means Committee. Today he serves on two subcommittees of the Committee on Armed Services and two subcommittees (a ranking member on one) of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
Dan Maffei is not as much of a leftie as I am. He is actually quite moderate. He supports equal pay for women, but he has not expressed much interest in raising the minimum wage or in universal child care or in paid family leave, all Progressive ideas which would really offer support to people who work but are still poor, to single women, moms and dads who both have careers, and to children who are not always best served when both parents pursue careers, because these parents and their children suffer without secure child care arrangements. But now he has a young intelligent wife and a child, so I still hold out some hope for him in these matters. Although some countries already accept the importance of these services to families, America looks like it is not quite ready for prime time on this and never will be if corporate toadies have their way.
At least he is not of the mindset of those in the GOP who want no minimum wage. They say it is because the federal government has no business dictating to employers, but we have been protecting ourselves from unregulated employers for decades now and we learned the hard way that such protection is necessary. Having no bottom to our wages would court disaster.
We can’t know for sure how John Katko would vote on anything because he has never held public office. He says he would possibly support a minimum wage increase if it climbed in very slow increments in order to lessen the impact on small businesses. See he can be reasonable.
His background is in law and he wants an assignment to the Judiciary Committee so he can lash us according to the Republican Way whenever we wander from a very fundamentalist interpretation of the US Constitution. Why are Republicans so obsessed with a Constitution that they have been disregarding for quite some time? If you are after limited government and extensive state’s rights your only resource is a very tiny section of the Constitution and a rather large collection of Federalists documents that argue from two different schools of thought.
John Katko said in a Syracuse New Times interview (link at end of article) that he wants to do two things in Washington, cut the debt and replace Obamacare. Surprise, surprise! In his interview he tells which aspects of the health care law he would like to keep and his likes did not include coverage of people with preexisting conditions. Do we really want to spend two more years discussing the debt and Obamacare (aka The Affordable Care Act)?
Do you favor the growing gap between the very wealthy and the rest of us? Are you of the opinion that this is just the way it is and nothing can be done about it? If you send John Katko to Congress I bet he will be happy to agree with you and our tax laws and business regulations will continue to send money to the top, like the cream on the milk back in the day.
Dan Maffei, on the other hand, wants to find ways to help the middle class get moving up that opportunity and affluence ladder once again. I’m not sure how he plans to do this but if he votes with the Democrats on this issue (and if the Democrats are ever allowed to legislate) then that will help us all. John Katko will not help the middle class if he has to raise taxes (see his Syracuse New Times interview in the links) because Republicans have pledged not to raise taxes.
We have to think before we vote. And we have little info about one candidate and some whopper lies being spread about the other. For example, Dan Maffei did not vote to help terrorists no matter how the GOP twists it. His votes were to cut funds to Afghanistan because the war was ending, to expand prisons in American so that terrorist’s could finally leave Guantanamo, to extend the right to a trial to terrorists like those at Guantanamo, and to cut some funds for policing undocumented immigrants. Most Democrats voted for these bills. Does that make all Democrats terrorist-lovers? Ridiculous! Blame the GOP because they have misrepresented these actions in their fact skirting ad (which may even be illegal slander). Here’s what a respected political blogger had to say in his fact checker article on this ad:
I say go for Mr. Nice Guy, Mr. Family Man, Dan Maffei, because even if he is a Democrat he is quite a moderate one and there are no moderate Republicans.
Google them or Bing them or do that voodoo you do!
By Nancy Brisson
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