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The Times
  • Lamb: ‘I am a middle class guy’

  • Dan Lamb has been behind the scenes in a congressional office for about 15 years, Now, he’s looking to step out from behind the curtain.

    Since 1997, Lamb worked as a top aide for longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, who represents the Southern Tier and is retiring at the end of the year.

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  • Dan Lamb has been behind the scenes in a congressional office for about 15 years, Now, he’s looking to step out from behind the curtain.
    Since 1997, Lamb worked as a top aide for longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, who represents the Southern Tier and is retiring at the end of the year.
    In addition to his political work, Lamb has had several jobs in the private sector ranging from salesman to janitor, he said.
    “I think people are seeing in this election that my background and my profile look more like the typical profile you see in the district,” he said. “I am a middle class guy.”
    Lamb is running against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, of Barneveld. Hanna has accumulated a personal fortune in the millions from his construction business and other investments.
    Lamb said his years of experience working for Hinchey have given him important insights into how the federal government works and how to get things done.
    Protecting Social Security and changing tax laws to help the middle class are his top priorities.
    He also would work to block attempts to make Medicare into a voucher system if elected.
    “We have a higher-than-national-average number of seniors in the 22nd Congressional District,” he said. “Seniors are very disturbed by the Paul Ryan budget plan to privatize Medicare.”
    Bringing more jobs to Central New York also would be a focus for Lamb.
    “We are losing young people,” he said. “There are not enough entry-level jobs either in existing industries or potential ones like nanotechnology.”
    Lamb also said federal trade agreements need to be re-evaluated because too many manufacturing jobs have been lost to foreign competition.
    Hydrofracking has caused controversy across the state because it pits immediate economic interests against concerns about the impact it could have on the environment and the area’s water supply.
    Lamb said he doesn’t believe current scientific studies have proven fracking can be done safely.
    “Based on what I know today, I oppose it,” he said.
    Lamb lives in the town of Dryden with his 11-year-old son Austin. Dryden is a mile and a half outside the new district, but state Board of Elections officials said it is legal for Lamb to run. Lamb said he would move into the district if he was elected.
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