In 2006, the Democratic tidal wave took over a traditionally Republican district in upstate New York. Republican Congressman John Sweeney, a known alcoholic and later confirmed spousal abuser, lost his bid for reelection to "blue dog Democrat" Kirstin Gillibrand. She then served as a more conservative Democrat, for 2 years. She received the NRA endorsement in 2008 and easily won reelection. In 2009, she was appointed to replace Hillary Clinton in the US Senate and a special election erupted to replace her. The GOP lined up behind former Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco. The Democrats lined up behind liberal attorney Scott Murphy. The NRCC proved they knew how to lose a winnable race - the continuous attack ads on Murphy provided him the name recognition he needed and with his predominantly positive ads, Murphy squeaked by Tedisco. 2010 provides a great opportunity to defeat Murphy and Chris Gibson is just the man to do it.
This is a bad bill and we need to let it die and then start over again focusing on driving down health care costs. We need legislation that encourages increased competition and tort reform, and combats fraud, waste, and abuse. This would drive down health care costs, provide more "bottom line" for our small businesses and lead to more private sector job growth.
H.R. 17 which reinforces the right to obtain firearms for security, and to use firearms in defense of self, family, or home and provides for the enforcement of such right; andH.R. 197 which provides a national standard for reciprocity, that is, the right of an individual licensed to carry a concealed firearm in a particular State to carry a concealed firearm in other States.