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Two Sides to Richard Hanna

Rep. Richard Hanna (R) was recently caught in what signifies a microcosm of his entire campaign.  Just two short days after his team released a self-approved video touting “fiscal sanity” and “conservative solutions,” Hanna was voting to provide welfare benefits to illegal immigrants.

Hanna is running against Tea Party candidate Claudia Tenney, trying desperately to solidify his conservative credentials – even if it means distorting his own record in television ads, or having false flag Super PACs distort the record of his opponent.  Whatever the means, Hanna would like you to believe he is the true conservative in the primary in New York’s 22nd Congressional District.

But lo, Hanna recently joined his Democrat colleagues in a vote to keep housing subsidies for illegal immigrants.

Via Breitbart:

Even beyond amnesty itself, Congress seems to trip over itself providing benefits to people who came to the U.S. illegally. Just look at the inability of the GOP-controlled House to deny aliens welfare and benefits even before they are granted legal status.

On June 10th, Rep. Louie Gohmert offered an amendment on HR 4745 which would cut off Section 8 housing for illegal immigrants.  The idea was to cut 0.4% from the Public Housing Capital and Operating Funds – an amount derived from a 2009 study that showed the same percentage of those programs went to subsidize “ineligible noncitizens.”

70 House Republicans joined Democrats in defeating Gohmert’s amendment.  Richard Hanna was one of them.


Notice any other familiar names on that list?  Cantor sticks out a little bit.

Just two days later, Hanna would release a campaign ad that spoke of his dislike of big government, and promised that he would continue to “fight for fiscal sanity and conservative solutions.”

Here is a transcript of Hanna’s statement (video below):

“Our $17 trillion dollar debt threatens our national security and our children’s future. So I voted for a balanced budget, for real spending cuts and I voted to repeal Obamacare. Bigger government is the problem – not the solution. When I ran for Congress, I promised you I’d fight for fiscal sanity and conservative solutions and that’s what I’ll continue to do. I’m Richard Hanna and I approve this message.”

Wouldn’t fiscal sanity include the strength to make spending cuts to programs that subsidize people who are not in the country legally?

Richard Hanna and ‘conservative solutions’ are two very conflicting concepts.  Hanna’s solutions for victory in the primary on June 24th are to alter his voting record in television ads by painting himself as more of a conservative, and having left-leaning PACs paint his Tea Party opponent as being less conservative.

As Erick Erickson stated in his endorsement of Claudia Tenney:

… it is worth noting that some supposedly conservative Super PAC’s are pouring money in the 22nd congressional district to defeat Claudia Tenney. These “conservative” groups, really coin operated consultants, are accusing Tenney of being less conservative than the liberal Richard Hanna.

Claudia Tenney is actually to the right of Richard Hanna and would be a vast improvement for that district and a better vote in Congress. If you live in the 22nd Congressional District, you absolutely want to vote for Claudia Tenney. Do not let the coin operated consultants tell you differently.

Stand up for Marine mom Claudia Tenney. If you can spare some cash, help fund her as she battles the coin operated consultants of people lying about her. She needs all the help she can muster. And those of you who live there need to tell your friends and family to vote for her too.

Tenney is the only choice for conservatives in this race, and we heartily endorse her here at The Mental Recession.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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