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2/26/2014 10:15:00 AM
Kubacki Responds

Editor, Times-Union:
I have been reading the letters to the editor questioning my values and not representing the values of district 22.  In the article “Who is the real Rebecca Kubacki?” I would like to respond.
Rebecca Kubacki is a grandmother and mother of two adopted children.  I don’t have to wear my pro-life stance on my sleeve, I live it.
Rebecca Kubacki is a Catholic.  My religious beliefs are private.  God knows my heart and that is all that matters.
Rebecca Kubacki has devoted her life to helping others.  I have been so blessed in my life and feel it is my obligation to help others.  Especially children who have suffered abuse or women of domestic violence,
Rebecca Kubacki has worked hard along with her brothers and sisters to raise themselves from poverty to become contributing citizens through hard work and refusing to feel sorry for themselves.
Those are Rebecca Kubacki’s values.  
God does not pass judgement on whether someone’s religious beliefs meet a standard or if their values are high enough, he accepts all of us unconditionally.
We teach our children that God wants us to love and respect everyone. What happens when we become adults?  Does it then become OK to pass judgement ?
We teach our children that character comes from within, not by destroying the character of another.  Does that become acceptable when your are a grown up?
As adults we are role models for our children and we have to  ask ourselves: “Am I proud of the example I am setting and am I practicing what I preach?”   
I appreciate your thoughts  and  will address my voting record when session is over.  As we all know every bill is forever changing.  We will not know what the outcome of any bill will be until the last hour of the last day of session.  Only then will we know the rest of the story.
Rebecca Kubacki, State Representative, District 22
Syracuse, via email

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014
Article comment by: Joan Hostetler

Personally I am very happy with Kubacki's vote on HJR3. Voting yes to the second sentence which limits civil unions would be discriminatory to our gay citizens who just want the same rights that other committed partners have, such as hospital visits, insurance benefits, and hundreds of other rights that straight people take for granted. Times are quickly changing on acceptance of gays and gay marriage and I believe she voted on the right side of history.

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014
Article comment by: Jim NEWCOMBE

Seems like a lot of folks are "piling on" and stating that Representative Kubacki is not representing the wishes of her constituents, and are upset that she made a well-reasoned decision to not support the original wording of HJR3.

Simply to rebut some of these comments, I am glad that Representative Kubacki made that tough decision. That she did so after surveying her constituents about the matter suggests that those that are writing the above comments and other letters to the editor blasting her are but a vocal minority. She was very well representing my feelings and beliefs with her vote. I frequently have written to Representative Kubacki - as well as my other representatives - regarding matters of interest to me and suggest that this is what those that don't like what she is doing would be well advised to do as well. It would be much more productive if one were to write to representative Kubacki with their concerns and desires instead of writing to the newspaper after the fact.

Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Article comment by: TERESA MARTIN

Well, the pity me song is playing again. I don't remember one article written against Representative Kubacki on abortion issues. What I have read is how she refuses to listen to the people in her district. In fact, she has said that she listens to the experts. I guess we're just not experts, we're just ordinary citizens. Sigh.....Curt Nisly, you'll have our votes on May 6 and we'll be delighted to give a pink slip to Rebecca Kubacki.

Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Article comment by: JAN CARTER

My husband and I have 3 children living with for ten years now....just to let you know....You dug your hole by being a game player....

Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Article comment by: Lisa Brown

In responding YOU chose to continue to define yourself as prolife and catholic. However, you then tell us that is "prlvate". Okay...if you are only privately a prolife catholic, why define yourself as such to the voters? In all fairness, you should provide a disclaimer clarifying that while you apparently like to profess to be a devout catholic, this may, or may not influence the way you vote. Or save us some time and just don't say it at all. Surely you can see how this has confused those of us who heard your speeches and based upon them voted to elect you. We had expectations. You gave us those expectations.

To lament that I am "judging" you if you say you are a vegetarian to get my vote, and then I happen upon you holding a Big Mac, with grease dripping down your chin, if I hand you a napkin, and conclude you are not a vegetarian - your protests are seen as deflecting, and pathetic.

Have a napkin, Ms. Kubacki.

Furthermore, as a woman I find your letter profoundly disappointing. Your letter, and unprofessional public outbursts reinforces the stereotype that women are "too emotional", and men more competent. No man would write a letter to the editor of the local newspaper at the heart of his district and whine when constituents voice concern over his votes.

It should be expected that your constituents will question you. Your decisions impact those we come into contact with everyday - our co-workers, our neighbors, our own families. Your votes will shape the world our children will live in. Our concerns should not annoy you as our representative. They should interest you.

I was aware it appeared that the most significant position you held prior to being elected to political office was that of the wife of a rich banker. Still, I know being the wife of a professional, volunteering, and raising kids is harder than it looks. I recognized you were more than "just a wife" and stay at home mom. It was apparent you were a dynamic speaker and told a great family "pulled ourselves up by our bootstraps" story. Bravo. I liked that. Check. You said you were prolife. Check. You said you were catholic, and while I'm not catholic, I like traditional catholic values. Check. I have voted for you twice. Unfortunately, based on the irrefutable facts of your voting record, you have failed to follow through on your campaign trail promises.

That being the case, unfortunately, I will be casting my vote AGAINST you on May 6. In fact, should you prevail in your primary, I, and everyone I know, will be committing blasphemy and voting for any Democrat, or dear God, please let there be an Independent option, who runs in the general election against you.

Gasp. Yes, it's that bad.

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