Politics and Elections

September 16, 2012

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“I want to go back to the way it used to be with a lot of small farms. It’s better for the animals.”

Hassig also said that mega-farms can create hazards by adding chemicals to liquify manure.

“I like the smell of manure. It’s an earthy, solid animal smell, and it’s a good smell,” he said.

“But when they liquify it, there is a totally different smell, and it is a horrible smell, and it makes me think of animals being abused.”


Hassig is the third-party candidate in race for the 21st Congressional District seat, which also features incumbent Democrat Bill Owens of Plattsburgh and Republican Matt Doheny of Watertown.

Neither of those two candidates wanted to comment on Hassig’s positions.

In a recent poll on the race conducted by Siena College, Hassig was way back, with only 6 percent of the projected vote.

“If I wound up getting 10 percent in this race, I think that would be very cool,” he said Friday.

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