May 18, 2010
Pennsylvania Republicans Nominate Say Anything Politician Mike Kelly
Tonight, Pennsylvania Republicans threw their support behind say-anything-to-get-elected politician Mike Kelly, best known for his ability to rail against government spending while at the same time lining his own pockets from it. By now, Republican primary voters are well versed with Kelly’s phony outrage over the Cash for Clunkers program, even while the car dealerships he owns sold nearly $3 million worth of inventory during the program and gladly accepted $600,500 in government rebates.
"The last person Pennsylvania families want to represent them in Congress is another out-of-touch politician like Mike Kelly who claims to be against government spending until it’s his own turn to line up at the trough," said Shripal Shah, spokesman for the DCCC. "Mike Kelly’s hypocrisy in lining his pockets with the very same taxpayer spending that he claims to be against proves that the only Pennsylvanian he is out for is himself."
In July and August 2009, Mike Kelly Automotive, Mike Kelly Hyundai and Kelly Chevrolet-Cadillac sold 147 cars, or $2,980,494 worth of inventory, through the Cash for Clunkers rebate program. The dealerships provided the customers with $600,500 in rebates for their trade-ins. [Department of Transportation, cars.gov, accessed 3/31/10]
In February of 2010, Roll Call reported that Kelly was “either unsure or would not have voted for the Clunkers program,” had he been in office despite the fact that his dealerships participated in the trade-in discount initiative. “From a selfish standpoint, it helped us sell cars,” Kelly said. “But from a national standpoint, it begs the question: Was this money well-spent?” [Roll Call, 2/25/10]