Another candidate for McNulty’s seat
By: Curtis Schick
Updated: 03/22/2008 08:57 PM
ALBANY, N.Y. — In the race for Mike McNulty’s seat in Congress we’ve seen one person after another jump into the race. Half a dozen, most with some political pedigree made the standard “I’m running” announcement.
But, political newcomer Steven Vasquez quietly announcing by press release that he’s running for Congress is just one way he’s trying to show he’s not your cookie cutter candidate.
“I will win, I’m the person who will make the hard choices,” said Vasquez.
Vasquez was born in Queens, moved upstate to go to college, graduated from RPI with two masters’ degrees and started a successful tech business called ReQuest. He said New York must do more so high tech business request to the Empire State.
“The Triangle in North Carolina, and Silicon Valley; they encourage business to come in and people to come in by reducing the taxes,” said Vasquez.
Vasquez said he’s a fiscally conservative Republican and said the federal government needs to stop spending in 20 years or the country will be broke.
He said we need less spending overseas with fewer troops fighting wars around the world.
Vasquez said we need a balanced budget and stop taking money out of programs for seniors and veterans.
“The federal government is going to run out of money. And it is not going to have any money to pay for national defense or any other program if we don’t make changes now,” Vasquez said.
Vasquez doesn’t live in the district. He calls Ballston Lake home, which is just across the border. He said he’s deeply tied to the Capital Region and doesn’t think it will make a difference with voters.
Something we won’t find out until this fall.