Campaign 2010

Sep 14, 2010

District by District: Another Tough Week for House Republicans

House Republicans faced tough news stories this week on their Leader’s close ties to corporate lobbyists, their support for the Fair Tax and privatization of Medicare and Social Security, and one of their candidate’s business facing age and race discrimination lawsuits.

Below is a sample of this week’s local coverage of the Republican’s flawed candidates and Members:

Minority Leader John Boehner (OH-08) – Minority Leader John Boehner is closely tied to corporate lobbyists

Minority Leader John Boehner, “maintains especially tight ties with a circle of lobbyists and former aides representing some of the nation’s biggest businesses…They have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaigns, provided him with rides on their corporate jets, socialized with him at luxury golf resorts and waterfront bashes and are now leading fund-raising efforts for his Boehner for Speaker campaign, which is soliciting checks of up to $37,800 each, the maximum allowed. [New York Times, 9/11/10]

Tom Ganley (OH-13) – Tom Ganley’s former employees have filed a series of discrimination claims against him

Republican candidate Tom Ganley’s former employees have filed a number of discrimination claims over the years. “Former Ganley used car sales manager Kristy Burdue argues she wasn't paid as much as her male counterparts. Burdue was fired in July. She sued asking for ‘economic damages.’ The case awaits a jury trial. Ganley awarded former employees Boris Osadciw and John Poulton compensatory damages after they sued for age discrimination. And a race discrimination case remains open. Ganley's dealerships have also faced lawsuits from upset customers arguing they were sold lemons or that Ganley's dealerships reneged on financing promises.” [Fox News, 9/7/10]

Andy Barr (KY-06) – Fact Check finds Andy Barr’s most recent campaign ad is false

In Republican Andy Barr’s new television ad he asserts that Representative Chandler voted to give millions in taxpayer money to executives. However, Chandler opposed TARP and the Fact Check ruled Andy Barr’s ad “Mostly False.” [Lexington Herald, 9/9/10]

Stephen Fincher (TN-08) – Stephen Fincher’s $250,000 bank loan is suspicious

Stephen Fincher has not been able to explain how he was able to obtain a bank loan when his financial disclosure form said he has no assets or savings. The loan is “suspicious” because “Fincher's disclosure to the House clerk listed no bank accounts, no assets and income of $60,000 last year and $124,000 through May of this year.” [The Commercial Appeal, 9/2/10]

Jim Renacci (OH-16) – Jim Renacci claims that civil rights issues should be left to local governments

Jim Renacci’s emphasis of local government over federal government in solving inner-city problems shocked attendees at a town hall meeting in Canton, Ohio. A local voter asked about Renacci’s “approach to civil rights, diversity, and investments in struggling African-American communities. The Republican replied by emphasizing local control.” [Washington Monthly, 9/8/10]

NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (TX-32) – First NRCC attack ad on TARP

The first NRCC ad attacked Representative Joe Donnelly for voting for TARP, but the NRCC’s own chairman Pete Sessions, Minority Leader Boehner, and 89 other House Republicans voted for TARP too. “In fact, On Sept. 29, Boehner took to the House floor and ‘became emotional as he urged his party to muster the will to approve the package.’ BOEHNER: These are the kind of votes that we have to look into our soul, and understand, and ask ourselves the question, ‘What is in the best interest of our county?’ I believe what's in the best interest of our country, as I stand here today, is to vote for this bill.” [Huffington Post, 9/7/10]

Representative David Dreier (CA-26) – Representative David Dreier praises the Recovery Act

Republican David Dreier recently signed an August 2nd letter to the President, inviting him to attend a celebration ceremony for a stimulus project in the Congressman’s district. The letter said that the Recovery Act has created, “good-paying, high-quality jobs.”  [The Daily Caller, 9/2/10]

Jesse Kelly (AZ-08) – Jesse Kelly switched his position on privatizing Medicare and Social Security

Jesse Kelly has been trying to hide his previously-held positions on eliminating Medicare and Social Security. Politico reported, “his approach represents a marked shift from comments he made earlier on the campaign trail, when the emphasis was on how to eliminate both Social Security and Medicare.”  [Politico, 9/2/10]

Doug Hoffman (NY-23) - Doug Hoffman was fined by the FEC for violating disclosure rules

“Republican Douglas L. Hoffman paid a $6,930 fine to the Federal Elections Commission for violating a rule about disclosing large, last-minute campaign contributions 37 times during last fall's special election.” [Watertown Daily Times, 9/10/10]

David Rivera (FL-25) - David Rivera was caught lying to the press, again.

The Naples Daily News caught David Rivera lying again. Though David Rivera told the media that he never used a specific line of attack to hit his Democratic opponent, the Naples Daily News had proof that he did. [Naples Daily News, 9/11/10]

Randy Altschuler, Chris Cox, and George Demos (NY-1) –All three Republicans candidates have no real roots in the district

“Each of the Republican candidates have accused the others of being carpet baggers in a race that could offer a separate Conservative Party candidate…” [CQ, 9/10/10]

Jesse Kelly (AZ-08) – Conservatives for Congress’ attack on Representative Giffords comes up short

A recent attack ad by Conservatives for Congress selectively edits Representative Giffords’ questioning of Gen. David Petraeus from a House hearing earlier this year to make it seem like her questioning left Gen. Petraeus speechless. In fact, “readers can draw their own conclusions about the relevance of Giffords’ question. But Petraeus wasn’t rendered speechless by it. He answered it with customary aplomb.” [FactCheck.org, 9/8/10]

David Harmer (CA-11) –David Harmer’s new ad is misleading

In Republican candidate David Harmer’s new ad, he states, “As a businessman and a constitutional attorney, I spent my career protecting taxpayers and defending freedom." The San Francisco Chronicle fact-checked David Harmer and found that, “Harmer has spent much of the past decade as a corporate attorney for a financial services company that received massive federal bailouts (JPMorgan Chase & Co.), and another that has been accused of being a major predatory lender (Washington Mutual). After recent congressional hearings, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said Washington Mutual was ‘emblematic of a whole host of irresponsible mortgage lenders that loaded up our mortgage markets with toxic securities.’” [San Francisco Chronicle, 9/10/10]

Bob Gibbs (OH-18) – Representative Space hits Bob Gibbs on the Fair Tax

On  NBC4's "The Spectrum," Republican candidate Bob Gibbs said that he supports the Fair Tax, which “would increase taxes on 80 percent of Ohioans by an average of $3,628 per year while cutting annual taxes on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans by $225,000.” [Athens News, 9/13/10]

Keith Fimian (VA-11) – Keith Fimian’s campaign strategy is not fool-proof

Republican candidate Keith Fimian is trying to run on an anti-government platform in a district where a quarter of the constituents are government employees. [Politico, 9/8/10]

Minority Leader John Boehner (OH-08) and Minority Whip Eric Cantor (VA-07) - Wall Street fills coffers of top GOP candidates

Among the top recipients of Wall Street money this campaign season are Republican candidates in both the House and the Senate. The Minority Whip Eric Cantor received $818,000 and Minority Leader John Boehner, received $589,000 from the financial industry. [The Hill, 9/8/10]