Donald Teel is the Founder and Editor of iVoteAmerica®. He has been an Arizona resident since 1960. He is a commercial real estate broker, private pilot, photographer and an avid reader of America's history.

Growing up delivering papers in a small New York town has advantages. You get to know people, their moods, temperaments, family members, and how they might respond when the newspaper arrives late or, not at all.

When  you grow up delivering papers in the snow, you also learn something about America and how life works for “the people.” Then too, when you are a high school student and witness the Twin Towers come down on 911, advance through Old Dominion, the United States Air Force, and now the US Space Force, you remain that same young man who delivered the newspaper to citizens in the snow.

Andrew McCarthy knows something about the nation, its heartbeat, values, people, and what it used to be when he grew up in western and central New York.

I was born and raised in Western New York. My winters were spent watching the Bills and the Bonnies and my summers were for family and friends on the Finger Lakes. I’ve called Western and Central New York home my whole life, and it is my mission to fight for the place that gave me everything.  – Andrew McCarthy

Today, America is faced with unparalleled challenges. On one hand, we see the tearing down of all that has gone before, even the Republic itself is threatened. On another front, we are faced with what seems like an institutional onslaught of personal liberty, even citizenship.

My quest for sound political leadership has once again been rewarded. By now, those that know iVoteAmerica understand we place a high premium on the character, wisdom, and instincts of our veterans. More than perhaps others, veterans are in possession of a depth of appreciation for America, its legacy, and its freedom.

After all, when you have volunteered to defend an idea by risking your existence and being willing to pay the ultimate price, there comes with this sacrifice a depth of appreciation. Having once defended an ideal, we tend to value it and contemplate the possibility of losing it more deeply.

All of this means iVoteAmerica places the highest level of confidence in our veterans. If they have been charged with the high calling to defend the nation, it seems only logical they can be charged with leading what they have defended. Yes, there are some exceptions. My commitment to #Vote4Vets has grown exponentially, as I have seen America in decline.

My time with Andrew McCarthy produced confidence that despite our unparalleled challenges we have leaders waiting to serve who will not allow the decline of the nation. Our discussion led me to conclude that Mr. McCarthy is ready for the next step in his journey as one of America’s leaders.

Tyrannical globalists and Washington, D.C. elites have been chipping away at our region for years. They’ve intentionally gutted our economy: Shipped our jobs overseas, raised our taxes, and taken every dollar they can get from our small business owners. Every single day the mainstream media and the political elite hide the corruption of the Washington establishment. They fearmonger and shut down our businesses for “safety”, while billions of dollars pour into Amazon, Apple, and Pfizer. This is political corruption at its worst.  -Andrew McCarthy

In short, he is ready for Congress, he is ready to lead. I’m pleased to announce that iVoteNewYork, in cooperation with iVoteAmerica, has endorsed Andrew McCarthy for US House from New York. On behalf of Americans in New York, I hope you will enjoy my interview with Mr. McCarthy and more importantly, vote for him as your next US Congressman from New York.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Redistricting is underway in New York. At the time of this publication the House districts have not been finalized.]

Q: In your mind what is the urgent need in America today?

ANDREW:  Halting the erosion of America’s sovereignty. As an intelligence analyst, I look at several things.  The migration of people, capital, natural resources, and data. Those four things are dismantling our national sovereignty. Unchecked migration is eroding the social and economic fabric of our country, as well as the capital and ownership models.  Jobs, services, and now the next target is agriculture, are being impacted.

When I think of data, the tech giants are controlling information that we used to think was private, The ownership, manipulation, and use of data are totally up in the air. Finally, our natural resources. One of the things that made this country a global economic power was our ability to use our natural resources, whether mining or farmland, to enrich ourselves and the world.

There are globalist efforts to extract and use our resources in ways to nullify our sovereignty and leadership in the world. Donald Trump did a good job of reigning in some of the negative influences, but we pushed him to the curb and the issue of sovereignty is going to be a constant battle until we restore our preeminent position. That’s my 30,000-foot perspective on the urgent needs facing America.

Q: Let’s talk about the things that shaped you. Tell voters about your life growing up.

ANDREW: Until 911, it didn’t matter much if you were on the left or the right politically. We shared an idea of what America is and what it means to be an American. I grew up in a blue-dog-Democrat home in upstate New York…where the Kennedy name was special…everyone today is a Republican. Politics were down the list…we had God, family, community, work, and maybe fifth, sixth or seventh came politics. That’s all inverted now.

Today, it seems like the malfeasance in leadership has changed the life I grew up with, disrupting the focus and values I grew up with that focused on community and family. I grew up in a town in western New York that had a culture more akin to the midwest than New York City.  There are all sorts of small towns in north and western New York, each with its own history and values. It’s not all New York City. Each town had its factories and mom and pop business, schools, and we had a sense that we contributed to the national cause by working hard and creating things…tile, textiles, automotive parts, I grew up as a part of the rust belt, which ran from Kansas City to Syracuse, being the tip of it all.

After the fall of the USSR, I saw a change, as we started to outsource and move our focus toward globalism. One of the main ingredients I grew up with was getting an education and making something out of your life, having a job.  In my part of New York, it was about manufacturing and agriculture. When those things were stripped away by local officials who claim to have the power to halt those things, life begins to change. Politicians began to change and rather than defending their communities they began to support factories in Vietnam, Indonesia, or China. That process happened over two generations.

The next big event for me was 911. I was in high school.  When I saw that it made me understand we are no longer a nation protected by two oceans. Globalization was at our doorstep, whether we liked it or not. I grew up in the shadow of Iraq and Afghanistan, as expressions of our global conflict. War came to the American doorstep.  I started to see the elites who were running global foreign policy, not just domestic policy.  All of this shaped me through college and grad school. I shook hands with some of the people who were making the decisions. You see the global structure and priorities eating away at American sovereignty.  My family was a  middle-class family that played along, packed a lunch, put our heads down, and went to work.  Here we are.

Q: How did you transition into politics?

ANDREW: When I was in college, I got to work in a research center that focused on trade. I interned on the Hill. Part of my master’s program was to do a stint in the Mercatus Center, looking at marketing ideas. I learned a lot about think tanks, donors, and power. I interned on the Hill with Congressman Joe Pitts (R-PA). You learn that ideas and principles do not always win out on the Hill. After I left the Hill I went into some specialized training, and I am headed toward the Space Force. I went home and watched some of our congressional leaders turn on Trump and his America First agenda. My district is America First people.

Q: What matters to Andrew in life?

ANDREW: I would say, God, my big Irish family,  community and country…in that order. For me, when I put my head down on the pillow at night, it’s not about us…me…it’s about God and doing the right things. When I look back I know I did not do this all on my own.

Q: Tell voters what you believe the appropriate role of government is.

ANDREW: It’s a little weird that we have to have a constant dialogue about government as much as we do. In days gone by, people were not talking about government all the time, non-stop. It’s to the point where the government has become a brutalizing force. Millions are living in constant defense of government. I think the notion of government is foreign to humans, especially in western culture. To distill this down, the government is something we should not be in fear of.  Our nation is our family, community, state, and the government is supposed to be a loose association we created to help us do what we need to do to keep our structure. The proper role of government is to settle our disputes, protect the nation, and promote our common interests. When you look at the history of governments, they eventually end up trying to crush you, and many do, and to tax the hell out of you, and to use every resource until it sucks us dry.

Q: What was your first job and what did you like about it?

ANDREW: Newspaper boy. You go door-to-door, even in two feet of snow. You get to know every household, the people, the differences of opinion.

Q: You characterize yourself as a conservative, what makes you one?

ANDREW: Knowing the valuable thresholds in life. Conservativism is the preservation of culture, institutions, in defense of your family, community. It’s maintaining our history, founding, western principles, why we are great, the ideologies we hold important.

Q: What was the first car you owned?

ANDREW: Hmmm…my first car? It was a Ford Escort (laughter!). It was a 1996 hand-me-down from my mom, who made me pay her monthly!

Q: Do you have a favorite color?

ANDREW: Dark blue.

Q: Your favorite food?

ANDREW: Cheese…oh, cheese! I can eat it left and right, thank God the holidays are over!

Q: How’s the campaign doing at the moment?

ANDREW: We are doing well. We are a real grassroots campaign focused on our district and keeping the America First platform alive.

Q: Do you eat Sushi,  by the way?

ANDREW: I do!  Wow, there’s a random question.

Q: The education monopoly has been revealed by the teachers and the pandemic. What are your education priorities?

ANDREW: COVID has a silver lining…it exposed education. CRT was the breakthrough in the Youngkin election in Virginia. When the teachers knew they had the upper hand, they refused to go back to work. Homeschooling has reset the conversation, whether charter schools, private, Catholic, or whatever. School choice is now mainstream and that’s the silver lining. The exposure allowed people to ask, “Why am I paying for this, and what else am I paying for?” And, these were parents, many of who were apolitical.

Q: Voters will want to know where you come down on vaccinations and masking.

ANDREW: So everyone knows, I am still in the DOD. I had to do two separate waivers to remain unvaccinated. One of my friends had to leave due to his objections. This is America, and when the government tells citizens they are required to put something into their bodies, we’ve broken the threshold. These are not tested products that have gone through rigorous R & D tests. The normal routine was sort of high-jacked by a narrative generated by big pharma saying we have to do this now…this is a narrative standing in opposition to being able to defend ourselves with natural immunity. Look at the death toll, this impacts people who would otherwise be vulnerable to the flu. People with pre-existing diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, smokers, people already vulnerable. The government should not be able to tell you what you MUST put in your body. As for masks, if you want to wear one, you may do so. The current policy is dehumanizing, and benefits big pharma, reaping the bounty while we are seeing the shut down of small businesses, and social deconstruction of America. If you were to take a poll about the government’s role in vaccinations and masking it would probably be 70% to 30% against its position.  Citizens are done with it, the media rollout, and the down-your-throat forced narrative. This policy is coming out of the EU and China. Once again, we are asked to play along.

Andrew McCarthy on Anthony Fauci


Q: Talk about defunding the police, the enforcement of law and order.

ANDREW:  Our principles from the founding of America is law and order. If our first responders are putting their ass on the line every day there is no defunding.  I back our first responders.  This is old wine in new bottles, Marxism, Alinski, a Soros-backed restructuring of law and order.

Q: What is your top personal strength you can use on their behalf?

ANDREW: Grit. It’s not necessarily toughness or tenacity. It’s what will and will not fold. My district will not back down. I’m a Pit Bull and won’t let go.

Q: Where does liberty come from?

ANDREW: God, before you enter this world you are crafted with autonomy, freedom, and sovereignty. The government can’t and doesn’t give it. Nothing gives is, except God.

Q: What happened on January 6?

ANDREW: The President was on his way out, and told people there were mechanisms for looking at an election that should be exercised. Government personnel was at the rally. There were barriers erected to direct and guide people to the Capitol. There was a vibe on the ground, an unfolding of what I want to call a psy-op. When you manipulate that kind of energy you can create an outcome. We say a disorganized police force, multiple layers of messaging, different law enforcement, some were accommodating others were backing them down. What you have is an opportunity to manufacture and manipulate a narrative.  You have some police inviting the people in and another assassinating Ashley Babbitt. This was called an armed insurrection, but no one was armed. You had old ladies there.  Some of the people were almost comical in their peaceful nature. People are rotting in jail on a trespassing charge.  In my state, this should be a $75 trespassing change.  Why are they locked up and what is the real intention? January 6 was a psy-op to turn the tables on any Trump voters who think they still have a chance.

Q: Would you favor dismantling the Department of Education with a transfer of funds and authority to the States?

ANDREW: I would favor shutting down the Department o Education, even without the funding transfer.  Use the fund for the VA or something else. Let the states run education with their own community funds. Different communities want different things based on their local values. This is the ultimate choice model. Communities can decide what to teach and not teach. I’m leary of any DC mediary other than a distribution of funds. If people don’t like the local program, they can vote for a new school board and put people in that represent the values of local people.

Q: You have some interesting healthcare policy ideas that I haven’t heard from others. Tell us what they are.

ANDREW:  I don’t think healthcare is what Obama said it was. He was pushing health insurance.  I advocate, yes, some means-tested, income-based healthcare support, but I also believe in healthcare pricing in the market that is transparent. Why can’t we have competitive care based on procedure choices and open pricing?  This is not socialized healthcare. Our federally run healthcare is not making Americans healthier, it’s making us sicker than ever before. We are more overweight than ever, more reliant on pharmaceuticals. We need to put healthcare in the hands of people.

Q: What was your happiest moment as a child?

ANDREW: Wow!  I could give you a series of happy moments. At Cuba Lake, my parents had a fourth of July party and it was just fun. Probably top five!

Q: When I say “abortion” what comes immediately into your mind?

ANDREW: Evil. My statement on abortion is simple. If you think you have the right to interfere with life destined for birth, you are playing God. To remove that opportunity for life is pure evil. We think of abortion as something present in the most oppressive regimes and now we are a part of that way of life.


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