Campaign 2010

Feb 20, 2009

Two Faced Tweets: Hoekstra Flip-Flops On The Economic Recovery Package

Hoekstra First Twitters No, Then Twitters Yes


In a striking example of hypocrisy, after voting against the much needed American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Congressman Pete Hoekstra has been touting the benefits of the package on Twitter.  In Washington and on Twitter, Congressman Hoekstra was one of the most vocal opponents of the recovery package and voted in lock step with the Republican ‘Just Say No" Party.  Then in a two-faced turn, the Congressman began flaunting the provisions included in the legislation to strengthen the housing market, the very provisions he voted against only days prior.


"Michigan is facing skyrocketing unemployment and record foreclosure rates, and Congressman Pete Hoekstra just doesn't get it," said Gabby Adler, the Midwestern Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "Two-faced twittering will not save our country from this deepening economic crisis and it won't create 109,000 jobs in Michigan as the Economic Recovery package is expected to do.  Maybe if Congressman Hoekstra wasn't leading the battle cry against the recovery package, he would have heard the cries for help from the people of Michigan who are struggling to just make ends meet."


Last week Congressman Hoekstra posted a message on Twitter, a free social messaging website, on the Economic Recovery Package; it read "House passed spending bill. I don't believe it will work," and went on to say "Hope we're wrong but I don't think so."  His opposition to the bill could not have been more clear, that is until this week when Congressman Hoekstra posted a new message that read "If you know of someone thinking of buying first home, now may be the time. Stimulus incentive is very generous! Up to 8k! Check it out."


The Economic Recovery Package, which every House Republican voted against, helps to strengthen our nation's housing market by providing $2 billion for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to help communities purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed, vacant properties and $1.5 billion for the Emergency Shelter Grant program to provide short-term rental assistance and other aid for families during the economic crisis.


Stay tuned for more of Congressman Hoekstra's Twitter messages, maybe next he'll try taking credit for providing hardworking Michigan families with much needed tax relief, another provision in the Economic Recovery Package the Congressman opposed.