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Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle and Rep. Richard Hanna

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (left) represents the 25th Congressional District, which includes northern Cayuga County. Rep. Richard Hanna (right) represents the 24th Congressional District covering 11 counties, including Auburn and most of Cayuga County.

Two days ago, I wrote about U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., being named the most liberal senator (she actually tied for the title with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon) by National Journal.

National Journal posted their House ratings online last night and the ratings show the differences between Cayuga County's two congressional representatives: U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill, and U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld.

(If you are wondering how National Journal calculated the 2011 ratings, here's their explanation.)

Buerkle's conservative score of 91.2 ranks her 15th among representatives. Her liberal score of 8.8 ranks her 412th among reps. 

Hanna's conservative and liberal scores are close to 50. His liberal score (52.8) was higher than his conservative score (47.2) -- making him one of the most moderate members in the House. 

National Journal also analyzed freshmen Republicans (Buerkle and Hanna, while having served one year in office, are still freshmen) and their composite conservative score compared to their Democratic predecessors.

The results: The difference between Buerkle and former Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei, who lost to Buerkle in 2010, is the second-largest of any other pairing. Buerkle's conservative score for 2011 was 56.7 points higher than Maffei's in 2010. 

Hanna's composite conservative score is actually lower than former Rep. Michael Arcuri, who lost to Hanna in Nov. 2010. Arcuri's score in 2010 was 48.2. In 2011, Hanna's was 47.2.

According to National Journal's analysis, the change from Arcuri to Hanna is one of only two instances where the composite conservative score for a freshman Republican was lower than the Democratic predecessor. The other case is also from New York: Rep. Michael Grimm's composite conservative score is 3.1 points lower than former Rep. Michael McMahon's. 

What do you think of these ratings? Accurate? Not accurate? Do you care? Do they matter?

Let's hear your feedback.

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