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The Times
  • Congressional candidate takes aim at Hanna’s voting record

  • Congressional hopeful Dan Lamb came out swinging at a campaign kickoff event Monday, saying Rep. Richard Hanna’s decisions have been at odds with helping businesses in upstate New York.

    Lamb, a Democrat from Dryden, said his own experience working for retiring U.S Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-Hurley, will make him an effective legislator, even while he forges his own path.

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  • Congressional hopeful Dan Lamb came out swinging at a campaign kickoff event Monday, saying Rep. Richard Hanna’s decisions have been at odds with helping businesses in upstate New York.
    Lamb, a Democrat from Dryden, said his own experience working for retiring U.S Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-Hurley, will make him an effective legislator, even while he forges his own path.
    “I’m my own man,” he said. “This campaign is about how we can create jobs, how we can strengthen our economy and how to build a better future for Upstate New York,”
    Earlville resident Mike Kicinski, a Republican, also is running for the 22nd District seat – which stretches from Oneida County to Binghamton – and will face Hanna, R-Barneveld, in the June 26 primary.
    Lamb was critical of Hanna votes supporting the budget of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., against the Import/Export Reauthorization Act and for his role as vice chairman on the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, which he said has stalled in passing a national highway bill.
    “They’re banking on amnesia, hoping you’ll only remember to forget,” he said, characterizing Hanna’s campaign approach toward voters.
    Hanna could not be reached, but his office sent his rationale for voting against the Import/Export law – which recently passed the House and Senate.
    The law reauthorizes and expands the capacity of the Import/Export Bank, which helps finance the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. Hanna said he was concerned about increasing government’s participation in “commercial transactions that are better left to the private sector.”
    A Hanna spokeswoman said the congressman has helped constituents navigate numerous federal agencies and has publicly explained every one of his votes.
    “Richard Hanna went to Washington to be part of the solution and that’s what his record shows,” spokeswoman Renee Gamela said.
    Lamb actually made three stops Monday – starting in Binghamton, swinging through Utica and ending in Cortland.
    A cluster of supporters at the corners of Genesee and Lafayette streets held signs and clapped as Lamb spoke.
    “We think it’s important the middle class gets represented in Congress,” said Charles Caton, a New Hartford resident who was present with his wife, Liz Williams. “Anybody who votes for the Ryan budget should not be representing this district.”
    Lamb said his father was a career naval officer and mother a public health nurse, and said his first act in Congress would likely be a bill amendment to increase funding for colleges and university-based research.
    “I still believe in this region and our potential,” he said.
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