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Gibson to treat Congress like a deployment

Dec 27, 2010 7:11 am
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, says he'll sleep in his office once in Washington, as if his new job were a military deployment."][/caption]U.S. Rep.-elect Chris Gibson plans to make his congressional office his home when in Washington D.C., eschewing paying rent on an apartment or house... and going along with his aides' description of his upcoming first term in office as being like the deployments he's faced as part of a 24-year military career. A Journal Register News Service story in today's Daily Freeman describes the continuing military jargon Gibson is using as he takes office next week after having defeated one-term Kirstin Gilllibrand fill-in Chris Murphy, who he bested by touting his military background and riding the national wave of anti-government rhetoric of the past year with a large amount of financial support from forces outside the state.
“He’s going to look at it as a deployment,” Dan Odescalchi, a spokesman for the Kinderhook Republican, joked about Gibson’s accommodations.

Beneath the joking, however, is some truth. Gibson invoked his military experience often on the path to winning his first elected office in November and portrayed himself, like many other successful Republicans across the nation, as a man on a mission to bring fiscal conservatism to Capitol Hill.

“He’s a guy who is going to Washington with his eyes wide open and who believes in his stump speech, which is less government is better government, less taxes are better than higher taxes,” Rensselaer County GOP Chairman Neil Kelleher said. “He believes it, and I think he’s going to do everything he can to make it happen, too.”
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