Democratic congressional candidate Dan Maffei released the following statement in response to Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle’s claim that her constituents don’t care about jobs, the economy, or Medicare unless they’ve been ginned up by outside groups.
"It is remarkable how out of touch Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle is with the people of Central New York to think that voters don’t care about jobs, the economy, or Medicare,” said Dan Maffei. “It’s clear that Congresswoman Buerkle is stuck in a bubble of extreme right-wing Washington pundits, and has no concept of what actually matters to Central New Yorkers. Our top priority needs to be getting people back to work, creating an environment for businesses to grow and succeed, and protecting Medicare and Social Security for our seniors. I will dedicate myself to fighting for the middle class, not for the Washington extremists who are the clear top priority for Congresswoman Buerkle.”
Buerkle: Constituents Care More About “Fast and Furious” Than Jobs, Medicare. In July 2012, Buerkle said that “Operation Fast and Furious” was “the issue first and foremost on the minds of my constituents.” She said her office received more feedback on the issue than any other, but then proceeded to discount those she claimed had “been ‘ginned up’ in organized campaigns from state and national groups on issues such as jobs, the economy, Medicare and health-care reform.” [Post-Standard, 7/01/12]