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September 11, 2012

Karen Bisso: 'Not politically correct'

PLATTSBURGH — Republican candidate for State Assembly Karen Bisso says she is not your typical candidate primed to say all of the politically correct things, and she’s what the North Country needs.

“If I was politically correct, I would say that jobs and the economy are the most important issues,” she told the Press-Republican recently.

“But I am not politically correct. My priority would be to run interference for the North Country, and if they (Albany) did something to affect us, that would be my top priority.”

Bisso, 51, is a 26-year veteran of the City of Plattsburgh School District, teaching special education. She decided to run this year because she wants to give something back to the community.

“I’ve spent a lot of time listening to people, and they are so unsatisfied. They are fed up with government,” she said.

“The federal government seems too far away, but state government seems reachable, and I think people are ready for a change.”

‘CAN’T JUST STAND THERE’

Bisso said she believes in smaller government with less intrusion on people, and she will fight for the North Country against the powerful downstate factions.

“We’ve negotiated our surrender to the downstate liberals. We need to be more assertive and stand up for the North Country,” she said.

“I believe bipartisanship and relationship building are two different things. Bipartisanship is: I do for you, and you do nothing for me. It extends from Long Island to Albany, and that’s it.”

Bisso said that even as a member of the minority in the Assembly she would still make her presence felt.

“We can’t just stand there and do nothing. I’ve heard Janet (incumbent Janet Duprey) say a number of times that her hands were tied. I just don’t believe that. If you tie my hands and feet, at least my mouth will still works,” she said.

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