Campaign 2010

Sep 21, 2010

District by District: House Republicans Face Another Tough Week

House Republicans faced tough news stories this week ranging from lying about their ties to a controversial land developer, failing to pay taxes, spiking their own pensions and pay while holding public office, all while another NRCC backed candidate lost their state primary.

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

Tom Marino (PA-10) - The AP caught Tom Marino lying about his connections to a controversial land developer
"Republican Tom Marino, who is running in Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District, told a radio interviewer in April that his Justice Department superiors authorized him to act as a reference on Louis DeNaples' 2006 gaming application - at a time when DeNaples was under investigation by Marino's office. A Justice Department source, who spoke on condition of anonymity to freely discuss the case, told The Associated Press there is no record of Marino having received the permission." [AP, 9/17/10]

Glen Urquhart (DE-AL) – Glen Urquhart’s win makes 12 races in which NRCC candidates lost
"Urquhart defeated Michele Rollins, a Republican in the National Republican Congressional Committee's (NRCC) Young Guns program, in a primary Tuesday night for the Delaware at-large House seat being vacated by Rep. Mike Castle, who lost to O’Donnell in the Senate race." [The Hill, 9/17/10]

Jim Renacci (OH-16) – Jim Renacci filed false taxes in 2000
In 2000, “While Renacci and his wife, Tina, reported they'd lost $247,336, auditors determined they actually made $13,730,440. The couple filed a tax appeal when the state dinged them for $954,650 in back taxes, $146,938 in interest and $293,876 in penalties. Court records show the Renaccis eventually settled the case and sent the state more than $1.3 million.” [The Plain Dealer, 9/17/10]

Jim Renacci (OH-16) – Jim Renacci’s ties to outsourcing American jobs
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Representative John Boccieri’s first ad of the campaign claims Jim Renacci was a "foreign trade lobbyist," for the “Smokerise International Group” who "supports tax breaks for companies that outsource our jobs overseas." [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 9/17/10]

David McKinley (WV-01) – As chairman of the state Republican Party, David McKinley mismanaged funds
When David McKinley was the chairman of the state Republican party, “…the party incurred heavy debt, tax liens, seizure of bank accounts, a lawsuit by the Federal Elections Commission and ‘accusations by now-U.S. Senatorial candidate John Raese that McKinley seemed mostly interested in promoting his own career instead of West Virginia's Republicans.’” [Parkersburg News and Sentinel , 9/11/10]

Robert Hurt (VA-05) – Robert Hurt skips third NAACP debate because Tea Party candidate will also participate
“Republican Robert Hurt, who is running to oust Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello in Virginia's fifth district, will not be participating in a Sept. 19 debate hosted by the Cumberland County NAACP, taking issue with the fact that the third party candidate will also be there.” [Huffington Post , 9/11/10]

Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) –Scott Desjarlais’ divorce papers show abuse accusations
“…Susan DesJarlais claimed she was forced to leave the family’s residence when her husband’s behavior ‘became violent and threatening.’… as well as reports he was ‘dry firing a gun outside the plaintiff’s locked bedroom door, admission of suicidal ideation, holding a gun in his mouth for three hours, an incident of physical intimidation at the hospital; and previous threatening behavior ... i.e. shoving, tripping, pushing down, etc.’” [Chattanooga Times Free Press , 9/17/10]

Andy Barr (KY-06) – Campaign Watchdog finds Andy Barr’s connection to Fletcher administration scandal as ‘mostly true’
According to Campaign Watchdog, “Barr was a lawyer in the Fletcher administration when Fletcher and many of his aides were indicted during the state hiring investigation led by Attorney General Greg Stumbo. Specifically, right before the case broke, Barr was general counsel to Local Initiatives for a New Kentucky, a controversial agency attached to the governor's office that promoted Fletcher politically across the state.” [Lexington Herald Leader , 9/17/10]

Chris Gibson (NY-20) - Chris Gibson has to run from his own party’s extremist gubernatorial nominee
In a recent interview, Republican candidate Chris Gibson was unable to endorse Republican Carl Paladino. The reporter asked Gibson, “He’s made some statements many consider outlandish; do you feel comfortable with him leading your ticket?  ‘I don’t know him. I’ll tell you: I look forward to having conversations and getting to know him.’” [Capitol Confidential, 9/20/10]

Representative Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) – Representative Mary Bono Mack pulls web ad
Representative Mary Bono Mack pulled down a campaign ad because “Palm Springs business owners complained it tarnished the image of the desert resort town” and are worried prospective visitors who wanted to know more information about “Palm Springs might see the ads and visitors and others looking for business opportunities could be turned away.” [San Francisco Chronicle, 9/14/10]

Stephen Fincher (TN-08) – Stephen Fincher refuses to debate Roy Herron
Stephen Fincher said he won’t debate Roy Herron in responding to allegations that his “required disclosure of financial interests is either inaccurate or incomplete because it didn't disclose certain assets and liabilities.” [Memphis Commercial Appeal, 9/16/10]