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After A Long Journey

Dear Supporters,

After a year of hard work and dedication with hopes of changing the political establishment, I have fallen short. I received almost 2,300 votes. The optimistic person that I am, until election day, I was certain that people throughout my district would see the truths that I was exposing and transfer their support over to me.

The most frustrating part of the entire campaign was when Velazquez lied across national television last Friday during our debate.  Afterwards, the corporate controlled mainstream media did nothing to expose her for this atrocious lie—in fact they covered up for her and hid this lie. On top of it all, when my volunteers mentioned this lie to Velazquez voters on the street, these voters so blindly support her that they denied the blatant lie.

But this is the political establishment that we live under. I knew what I was up against before running and could only do so much, and not once did I promise any individual or group any form of financial kickbacks.

Apparently, I was not able to effectively get my message through to enough people. It is a very tightly knit political machine in New York City. In addition, there are many unique individuals who vote for their own reasons.

After the loss and all of the hard work, I would first like to thank everyone across New York and across the world for your financial support and in any other way that you contributed to my campaign.

In retrospect, Nydia Velazquez is beatable as she is a 20-year incumbent who spent over half a million dollars in the past few months and received only 14,000 votes (as compared to my $78,000).

Most importantly, I think I set a great precedent to those across the world who value freedom and peace, first and foremost.  There is a tremendous amount of energy within the Democratic voting base in America for the ideas of freedom and peace.  These ideas transcend party lines.

On stages, my message and approach to discussing political ideas was unlike any other candidate in this country that I am aware of.  I focused on the biggest problem–“Whoever writes the checks in Washington writes the policies“.  With a little more funding and better execution, my chances of victory would have been much better.

Therefore, I would like to encourage people all across America who value peace and freedom, first and foremost–consider running as a democrat.

Although I may not run for office again I will continue to fight for these values regardless of the paths that I choose.   Again, thank you everyone for all of your amazing support!

 

Sincerely,

Dan O’Connor

Limited Office Hours on Election Day

Due to election day GOTV (Get Out The Vote), Dan’s campaign office will only be open from 10:30 am to 3 pm on Tuesday, June 26th. If you need to contact someone from the campaign, please call (347) 693-1019.

And, please, remember to vote!

Watch Congressional Candidates Debate

Friday night at 7pm, NY1 broadcast a debate between the candidates vying for the congressional seat in New York’s 7th district.

From our perspective, incumbent Nydia Velazquez dodged questions and offered empty platitudes rather anything substantive. But that’s our opinion. What do you think?

Click on the image below to see the debate. And ask yourself, “Who do you want representing you in Washington?”.

Click here to watch the debate.

Dan Receives Endorsement From Anliang Chinese Merchant Association

See more photos from Dan’s campaign by clicking here.

Final Fundraiser in New York’s Arts & Culture District

Tribeca Grand Hotel SalonDan’s campaign will have one final fundraiser this Thursday, June 21st, in New York’s Arts & Culture District. Special musical guests include DJ Jaleel (TV on the Radio).

Invite only. For more information on the event, please email Matt McEnerney at matt@danoconnor2012.com.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle Headline: “After 20 easy years, Velázquez has a challenge”

Dan’s campaign was featured in the following article at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Describing Dan as a “trilingual economist”, the article focused on the campaign’s outreach to the Chinese community.

O’Connor, whose campaign office is based in Manhattan’s Chinatown, has focused on connecting with the district’s growing Chinese population, which has a Brooklyn hub in Sunset Park.

The Sheepshead Bay-born economist is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese and spent six years in China, where he “managed a business intelligence operation out of Shanghai and consulted two large financial institutions out of Hong Kong,” he said. After returning to the United States two years ago, he worked in renewable energy and is now campaigning full-time.

To read the article, After 20 easy years, Velázquez has a challenge, click on the image to the right.

Nydia Velazquez Named the Most Anti-Small Business Rep. in Congress

Dan O’Connor’s opponent for U.S. Congress, incumbent Nydia Velazquez, was recently named by the American Small Business League as one of the most anti-small business members of the U.S. House of Representatives. To read the article, click on the image below:

Dan O’Connor on “Inside City Hall”

Last night Dan appeared on NY1’s television program, “Inside City Hall“.  Watch the video below:

Successful Fundraiser in Sunset Park

Here’s a picture from last night’s fundraiser in Sunset Park, hosted by campaign adviser Warren Chan.

See more photos from Dan’s campaign by clicking here.

Velazquez Off Target

Opinion Piece by Dan O’Connor
              Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez from Manhattan has recently proposed a well meaning, but naïve and narrow, remedy to hazing in the military.  She is reacting to the death of Chinatown resident Army Private Danny Chen, who committed suicide after allegedly being hazed by fellow soldiers while serving in Afghanistan.  This hazing death–and hazing itself–is reprehensible, but Velazquez is focusing on the symptom rather than the problem.
              Chen’s death, and the deaths of other recent hazing victims, have one thing in common—they all took the lives of American soldiers in stressful and unnecessary overseas deployments.  Like Chen, Marine Lance Corporal Harry Lew from California killed himself in Afghanistan after being an alleged victim of hazing.  In Okinawa, Japan, Marine Private Hamson R. Daniels set himself on fire after allegedly being hazed.
              Yet Velazquez, in thinking that a bureaucratic fix can be had to the problem, would further burden a military at war with a strait jacket of new rules that fail to address the main underlying problem causing the hazing.  Velazquez has proposed a law requiring the military to proactively implement an anti-hazing policy, increase diversity training, and facilitate military personnel transferring out of their units.  The proposed law also would augment the process for reporting hazing incidents and would collect more data on such occurrences.  The underlying problem contributing greatly to both the hazing and resulting suicides, however, is repeated overseas military deployments that are stressful to the force.
              It is no coincidence that two of recent hazing incidents have occurred in Afghanistan, a zone of endless war with a ruthless enemy that employs guerrilla ambushes against American forces.  Guerrilla war is especially unnerving and stressful on soldiers and Marines because the enemy doesn’t wear uniforms, blends into the civilian population, and from there can launch surprise ambushes.  The dysfunctional Afghan war is no excuse for the hazing of fellow Americans, but the stress of combat is a major factor in explaining why it occurs.  Similarly, because of past incidents involving misbehavior of a few American soldiers, the populace of Okinawa is hostile to the continued presence of U.S. forces there.  The resulting stress induced on the forces there likely contributed to the hazing and resulting suicide of Private Daniels.
              Hazing and concomitant suicides are not the only ill effects of repeated separations from families to rotate into faraway, hostile environments to carry out unnecessary U.S. military deployments abroad.  Post-traumatic stress disorder, suicides unrelated to hazing, murders, spousal abuse, and other violence have followed from overseas deployments in antagonistic settings.  And all these horrible outcomes are in addition to the possibility of death and dismemberment that soldiers and Marines on many of these missions regularly face.
              Hazing is unacceptable and unconscionable, especially when inflicted on those who have valiantly risked their lives for their country, but Congresswoman Velazquez is focused on the trees while conveniently avoiding the forest–her government’s policy of military interventionism overseas.  The nation’s founders, who advocated a policy of military restraint abroad, would frown this non-traditional foreign policy, which has been in effect only since World War II.  At the more human level, bring the troops home from such unneeded, counterproductive, and stress-inducing deployments and watch the maladies of soldiers and Marines evaporate. This solution would save lives, suffering, and money.