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The Telegram
  • Hanna: ‘Look at my record and decide’

  • U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna is running for a second term, and he’s counting on his record to win.

    “I think people can look at my record and decide for themselves,” Hanna said.

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  • U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna is running for a second term, and he’s counting on his record to win.
    “I think people can look at my record and decide for themselves,” Hanna said.
    Hanna, of Barneveld, defeated incumbent Democrat Michael Arcuri in 2010. He bested Republican challenger Michael Kicinski, of Earlville, in the June primary. He now faces Democrat Dan Lamb, of Dryden, in Tuesday’s election.
    He pointed to his record of getting bills passed in the House of Representatives and also his district offices’ successes in getting issues resolved for constituents.
    A moderate Republican, Hanna has been attacked from both sides.
    While Kicinski challenged Hanna’s conservative credentials, Lamb has worked hard to show Hanna is more conservative than he seems. But Hanna is unfazed by those characterizations.
    “I don’t hold myself up as being any political ideology,” he said. “I’m a guy who is invested in solutions.”
    Hanna is pro-choice, says the rich should be taxed more than they are and has the endorsement of a political action committee that supports gay rights. He’s also voted in favor of some fiscally tough Republican-sponsored bills, such as U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget.
    He has received accolades from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and recently was endorsed by the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund. Hanna is one of his party’s lowest-ranked House members by the American Conservative Union and is one of the few Republicans not to have signed conservative activist Grover Norquist’s no-new-taxes pledge.
    Hanna said one of his top priorities has been to bolster the middle class, and that will continue if he is re-elected. “What this country desperately needs is an American competitiveness agenda if we are ever going to have a viable middle class again,” he said.
    Hanna said a key part of that would be enhancing science and technology education programs. Controlling national debt and changing the tax code also are important, he said.
    Hanna currently represents the 24th Congressional District, a scorpion-shaped district that includes much of Herkimer and Oneida counties, as well as parts of Otsego, Cortland and Seneca counties.
    In the 2012 redistricting process, the Utica area was thrown into a new 22nd district, which runs south to Binghamton.
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