Campaign 2010

Jan 25, 2010

How Can Millionaire Mike Sodrel Claim To Be “One of Us?”

Millionaire Mike Sodrel, the man who championed a 23 percent across-the-board tax on new purchases such as groceries, gasoline, cars, and even doctor’s visits, now has the audacity to tell hardworking Indiana families he is “one of us.”  Mike Sodrel’s new campaign slogan on his website and on the bumper sticker affixed to his black Cadillac Escalade SUV is “one of us” despite already being kicked out of office once for championing tax increases on middle-class families, supporting record deficit spending, and raiding Social Security. 

“While Mike Sodrel continues to enjoy his millions in the bank as he drives around in an expensive luxury SUV, record numbers of Hoosiers are out of work and facing the threat of losing their homes as a result of the failed policies he supported in the past,” said Gabby Adler, Midwest Regional Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “Despite claiming to be ‘one of us,’ Millionaire Mike Sodrel remains out of touch with Indiana families who are looking to turn the page on those policies that created record deficits and skyrocketing unemployment.”

BACKGROUND:

Mike Sodrel’s slogan on the front of his campaign website is “one of us” [www.mikesodrel.com, accessed 1/20/10]

According to the Wall Street Journal “Mr. Sodrel toured the district's southeast corner in a black Escalade with a bumper sticker that said, "Mike Sodrel, Congress, one of us.” [The Wall Street Journal, 1/22/10]

During his two years in Congress, Mike Sodrel supported damaging economic policies that are still hurting Indiana families today:

  • Mike Sodrel championed a bill that would institute a 23 percent across-the-board tax on new purchases.  [H.R. 25, 109th Congress] 
  • Mike Sodrel voted in lock step with President Bush, supporting unbalanced budget proposals that increased the federal deficit [H.Con.Res. 95, Vote #149, 4/28/05], [H.Con.Res. 376, Vote #158, 5/18/06]
  • In 2005, Sodrel voted for a GOP budget resolution that raided the Social Security Trust Fund of more than $1.1 trillion over five years [H.Con.Res. 95, Vote #88, 3/17/05]

According to the last Personal Financial Disclosure form Mike Sodrel filed with the Committee on Standards and Official Conduct, his net worth is estimated to be between $6,530,009 and $28,200,000.

 

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