Mar 19, 2009
Tedisco Ducks Debate
When will he finally give voters straight answers?
Career Albany politician Jim Tedisco continues to duck questions and has decided to skip out on tonight's WMHT-TV debate. What is Tedisco afraid of?
Voters still have serious questions about Tedisco's past, ranging from his ongoing double-talk throughout the course of the campaign to his unwavering commitment to partisan politics. Jim Tedisco owes them answers.
1. Why did the career Albany politician call the recovery package's investment in Medicare, unemployment insurance, infrastructure, energy, and education a waste of $300 billion?
When asked on Monday about the President's economic recovery plan, Tedisco claimed that there is "300 billion dollars in there of earmarks and philosophical spending" [CBS 6 WRGB, 3/17/09].
Even if he were to add up the bill's entire investment in infrastructure and science, unemployment benefits, energy, education, and job training, Tedisco would still be short of $300 billion.
2. If the career Albany politician took control of his campaign and was sticking to positive ads, why did he launch a new negative attack yesterday?
"Tedisco said going forward the content of his ads will be more positive with him making the decisions instead of the national party. ‘We're going to run a 20th District campaign and talk about the positive issues, and leave the rest of the distortions to the other side,' he said." [Glen Falls Post Star, 3/13/09]
Just six days later, Tedisco launched a new attack ad. [PolitickerNY, 3/19/09]
3. Why is Jim Tedisco opposed to the President's plan that caps executive compensation?
President Obama's stimulus act included provisions to eliminate all future golden parachutes for TARP executives, stopping incentives for top executives to take unnecessary risks, and cracking down on future bonuses, retention awards and incentive compensation for all TARP executives. After a month of waffling, career Albany politician Jim Tedisco came out AGAINST the President's recovery act. [HR 1, Vote #70, 2/13/09]
4. If the career Albany politician is really an independent voice, why does he continue to only look out for himself and make party line decisions (i.e. opposing the President's recovery package, attending a fundraiser with RNC Chairman Michael Steele)?
In his new ad "My Team," Tedisco quotes President Obama saying, "Like the President says, in these difficult times we're not Republicans or Democrats - we're Americans. And that's the team I'm on."
He vocally expressed his opposition to President Obama's recovery package which will save or create 76,000 jobs in Upstate New York. "No. That's the answer," said Tedisco, who is running for the 20th Congressional district seat formerly held by Kirsten Gillibrand. "I'm going on the record now to say I would have voted no." [Times Union, 3/16/09]
Despite the fact that RNC Chairman Michael Steele took Rush Limbaugh's side and called for the President to fail, Tedisco still attended a fundaiser with Steele.
5. Why does the career Albany politician refuse to be straightforward with voters about the closed-door meetings he has held?
"During a closed-door meeting of the House Republican Conference on Tuesday morning, Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) stressed the importance of winning the March 31 special election in New York's 20th district, and said it was time for Members who hadn't contributed to the race to "stand up," GOP sources said. The Republican candidate, New York Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco, attended the meeting at the Capitol Club and thanked Members who contributed already, but asked for more funds to carry him through the end of the race. So far, GOP lawmakers have given the House hopeful $175,000." [http://www.rollcall.com/news/33012-1.html?CMP=OTC-RSS, Roll Call, 3/10/09]