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An interview with NY Congresswoman Buerkle “Re-Elect Ann Marie 2012”

August 21, 2012

Leaders  with Ginni Thomas: Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle

New York Republican Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle was not expected to win her  congressional seat in 2010.

The 61-year-old nurse, lawyer and mother of six was outspent by her opponent,  incumbent Democrat Dan Maffei, 5-to-1 during their race in the upstate New York  district. Yet, when the votes were tallied, Buerkle emerged victorious in the  Democratic-leaning district by just several hundred votes.

Now, Buerkle is making waves in Congress, calling issues as she sees them and  not shying away from controversy. Besides serving on the House Committee on  Foreign Affairs, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the  House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Buerkle was also picked by House Speaker  John Boehner and appointed by President Obama to be a congressional  representative to the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

This fall, Buerkle faces a difficult challenge to retain her seat, however.  Famed political prognosticator Charlie Cook rates her seat as the third most  likely to be won back by the Democrats.

The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas recently spoke with Buerkle about the  disconnect between Washington elites and the rest of the country, her 2010  freshman class, what keeps her up at night, Obamacare and much more.

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What can you  tell Americans who are worried we are losing America?

Tell us why you  decided to run for Congress?

How are your  constituents reacting to your conservative votes?

How is the  Democratic Party changing?

What are you  doing about Obamacare?

Isn’t spending  still going up even with a Republican House?

What keeps you  up at night when you worry about the country?

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Her  website Democrats are targeting her for defeat

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