Feb 20, 2009
Two Faced: Luetkemeyer Takes Credit For Recovery Package He Voted Against
When Asked About His Hypocrisy, Congressman Luetkemeyer Flip-Flops
In a striking example of hypocrisy, after voting against the much needed American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer has been traveling around Missouri's 9th Congressional District touting the benefits of the package. Then, when asked about his duplicity by members of the local press, Congressman Luetkemeyer flip-flopped taking back his praise of the package and once again expressing his misguided opposition.
"Our nation is facing the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression and instead of doing what is best for Missouri, Congressman Luetkemeyer is using partisan tactics to mislead folks," said Gabby Adler, the Midwestern Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Congressman Luetkemeyer is quickly adopting the ways of Washington. Not only is he voting in lock step with the Republican ‘Just Say No' Party, he is also the latest in a long line of hypocritical Republicans that railed against the Economic Recovery Package in Washington, to only return home to tout its many benefits. It's too bad the Republican Playbook doesn't explain that Members of Congress should put the needs of their districts above those of their party."
After casting a vote against the Economic Recovery Act, legislation that will immediately jump-start the economy, create jobs, and help struggling families and communities, Congressman Luetkemeyer returned to Missouri to tout the many benefits of the package while remaining quiet on his opposition to the bill. During an event at Truman State University, Congressman Luetkemeyer said, "Within the stimulus package there is some Pell Grant money, which is a good thing. It helps students be able to pay for their education and has kind of a long term stimulus effect... the ability of someone to get an education is an economic development tool." The Congressman went on to discuss the economic need for more "shovel ready" projects like Pershing Arena.
When Congressman Luetkemeyer's hypocrisy was revealed and he was asked about voting against the economic recovery package that will create or save 69,000 jobs in Missouri, he responded by saying "I don't think it will really stimulate the economy the way people are hoping it will. I think in the long run, we've got a stimulus where we're going to wind up spending more money, and not doing the job."
The people of Missouri know better, they see through Blaine Luetkemeyer's hypocrisy. It appears it hasn't taken long for the newest Congressman from Missouri to go Washington.
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