Campaign 2010

Aug 06, 2010

DCCC Wishes Michele Rollins (DE-AL) a Very Happy Jamaican Independence Day

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is today wishing Michele Rollins a very happy Jamaican Independence Day, a day that serves as a reminder that the her priorities lie offshore, not in Delaware.

From being recognized for bringing economic development to Jamaica to her personal advocacy for Jamaica to become an off-shore tax haven, Michele Rollins has proven that she’s more committed to Jamaican interests than she is the people of Delaware. That point was only reinforced last week when she declared continued unemployment benefit payments are to the reason why folks remain out of work in Delaware. As a result, Rollins supports capping the benefits instead of extending them as unemployment lingers. 

“We  hope Michele Rollins is enjoying Jamaican Independence Day, a day that serves as a reminder that she’s more committed to off-shore interests in Jamaica than she is the people of Delaware,” said Shripal Shah, Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. 

“From pushing for Jamaica to become an offshore tax haven to blaming unemployment benefits as the reason why Delawareans are out of work, Michele Rollins has made it clear that her priorities lie offshore and are at odds with what’s best for Delaware.  Michele Rollins represents the kind of out-of-touch leadership that Delaware simply can’t afford right now.” 

BACKGROUND:

Today is Jamaican Independence Day. [Jamaica Observer, 8/6/10]

Rollins was praised for her work in helping bring economic investments in Jamaica. The award even prompted the Delaware News Journal’s website to ask “Maybe it’s time to run for office in Jamaica?” [News Journal, 7/7/10; The Hill, 7/7/10]

Rollins encouraged Jamaica to become an offshore tax haven like the Cayman Islands. In a letter she penned to a Jamaican newspaper calling for the government to follow the lead of the Cayman Islands, Rollins used words like “we” and “our” to describe the Jamaican people and their interests. [The Hill, 5/12/10]

Rollins blamed unemployment benefits as the reason why Delawareans were remaining out of work.  Rollins used this reasoning to explain her opposition to continuing unemployment benefits for Americans who are struggling to find jobs. [Washington Post, 7/29/10]