Campaign 2010

Jun 04, 2009

Note to Charlie Dent: You Need More Than a Re-Branding Effort

Dent acknowledges that the GOP lacks principles but won't take responsibility for supporting failed Republican economic policies


With unemployment skyrocketing and our economy struggling as a result of Bush-Dent economic policies, leave it to Congressman Charlie Dent to search for answers in the form of a Republican re-branding effort. Rather than supporting policies that will actually address our current economic woes, Dent is looking for answers in the political arena that he hopes will distract from his real record. 


As reported by the Allentown Morning Call, rather than waiting for Republicans in Washington to finally figure out what it is they actually stand for, "an influential group of Lehigh Valley party heavyweights is trying to come up with its own set of core GOP principles."  The effort prompted Congressman Dent to say, "I think it's a good thing that they are trying to develop a set of core principles." 


"Dent's acknowledgement that his party lacks principles is pointless without him taking responsibility for supporting policies that got our economy into this mess in the first place," said Shripal Shah, Northeast Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "Instead of just rallying around a re-branding effort that serves his own political purposes, Dent should serve his constituents by finally turning the page on the failed GOP policies of the past and supporting plans to move our economy forward.  In the absence of any real and substantive changes by Dent, this is nothing more than window dressing aimed at disguising his paltry record." 




On Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009, the Allentown Morning Call reported that local efforts are underway in the Lehigh Valley to come up with a set of principles for the GOP.  The goal is to "remind voters -- and each other -- what it means to be a Republican in the hope of reunifying the party." 


Republican Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) said "'I think it's a good thing that they are trying to develop a set of core principles."  [Lehigh Valley effort: The definition of a Republican, Allentown Morning Call, 6/3/09]