By DAN GUZEWICH Staff writer

Likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s choice of Rep. Paul D. Ryan for a running mate has divided two of the congressional candidates in the new 22nd District. The third one did not respond when asked for a comment.

Democrat Dan Lamb is critical of the conservative budget hawk from Wisconsin being put on the GOP ticket. He sees ties between incumbent Republican Richard L. Hanna and fellow Congressman Ryan.

"Congressman Paul Ryan is the architect of the plan that would eliminate the guaranteed benefit of Medicare to pay for tax cuts for millionaires," he said. "This is not the vision New Yorkers across the Southern Tier and Central New York have for America."

Michael Kicinski, who is mounting an independent contest after his loss to Hanna in the Republican primary, applauds Romney’s selection.

"Paul Ryan is an excellent selection by Mitt Romney for a vice presidential candidate and running mate," he said. "Ryan positively adds to Romney’s campaign for a practical balanced budget, jobs and fiscal responsibility."

Hanna did not respond to a request for a comment.

This will be the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. The new 22nd includes all of Oneida, Chenango, Cortland and Madison counties, and parts of Broome, Herkimer, Oswego and Tioga counties.