Congressman Joe Sempolinski Explains Washington And The State & Federal Elections

Imagine yourself plucked from your job and plopped into the halls of Congress. That would certainly give you an insider’s view of this year’s mid-term elections, wouldn’t it? Click the link below for this week’s episode of The State of Greater Western New York Report and hear out guest reveal all.

Congressman Joe Sempolinski of Steuben County has been here before, just after his successful election to fill the vacant seat in New York’s 23rd Congressional District. You can watch that episode here: As you may recall, in that episode, we promised to have Joe back to tell us about what it was like to be a new member of Congress. Well, in this episode, we make good on that promise.

In the show’s first half, Congressman Sempolinski reveals what it’s like for a first-timer within those hallowed walls of Capitol Hill.  Just because his time in office is short hasn’t prevented him from meeting with constituents, and he tells us which constituents ask the most direct questions. He then goes on to give an insider’s account of this year’s mid-term elections from the Federal perspective.

Things turned to the State elections after the break, with Congressman Sempolinski pointing out how GOP Gubernatorial candidate, while not winning, sported impressive coattails, with the Republicans flipping up to four seats, including the defeat of a top leader in the DNCC. He then got into some of the nuts and bolts of campaigning and how things are changing in terms of how votes are gathered and future candidates will need to acknowledge this if they wish to be successful.

Our guest happily answered questions from the live audience. In fact, these are probably some of the same questions you had. Would you like to be a live audience member so you can ask our guests questions? Click here to join the growing number of members who share your feelings on because then we can automatically send you the link to watch our shows live.

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