Republicans and democrats struggling over tax hikes or cuts, rolling back entitlements and meeting defense costs. Sound familiar? It seems the 2014 battle for control of the House of Representatives may be decided by arguments that voters have heard before. Bill Carey says a race for congress in Central New York may see some change in faces, but the themes seem unchanged.
ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Two years ago, democrat Dan Maffei returned to the House of Representatives, defeating republican Ann Marie Buerkle in a campaign where democrats painted Buerkle as a far right wing conservative, supportive of legislation that they said Central New Yorkers opposed. Bills like a budget plan from Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan.
Two years later Maffei is seeking re-election and a new version of the Ryan budget is before the House.
Maffei said, "This year's Ryan budget is more of the same recklessness and extreme partisanship that we've seen year after year from the House republican leadership. This is not a balanced approach and it's not a responsible solution. And people in Central New York and across the country need better."
Ryan said, "Getting government to live within its means, balancing the budget to pay of the debt is good for economic growth. Here's the problem, we are 5 years into Obamanomics and the economy is not improving.
Dr. Sandy Temes said, "It's kind of cold and it's not as big a gathering as I had hoped."
A handful of Maffei supporters stood outside the local Republican Party headquarters Wednesday to blast the latest version of the Ryan plan.
Temes, a Maffei supporter said, "The budget, to me, kind of seems irresponsible and reckless and, you know, I'm a strong supporter of Dan Maffei, and I'm a strong supporter of him because he's willing to compromise and listen."
The man republicans are likely to see in this year's congressional race, former federal prosecutor John Katko, has yet to publicly address the Ryan budget. But the man heading the local party says the attacks on the Ryan plan are just political noise.
Tom Dadey, Onondaga County Republican Chairman said, "That's how they are trying to shift the attention away from the fact that they don't have solutions for the future of America. I mean, to argue with the fact that we need a balanced budget in this country, seems a little ludicrous to me."
Dadey says, just as democrats try to remind voters of things like the Ryan budget, republicans will be reminding them of some unpopular democratic ideas. Top among them, the Affordable Care Act.