I don’t like to fly the partisan flag too often. I think people that read my blog often enough can tell I’m a pretty moderate Republican. The whole “back and forth” between the parties has never bothered me that much. I can sit across the table with someone with completely different political beliefs and listen to them get worked up and slam my views and keep completely cool. I’m a huge fan of bi-partisanship. Republicans and Democrats, working together to find solutions to our country’s problems. When the day ends, we’re all Americans, right?
That being said, I don’t like when people try to be something they’re not and try to fool the voters.
This was the case with congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas, who is up for re-election this year. She was on the TV last night talking about extending the Bush tax cuts. Congresswoman Kosmas has always been a reliable vote for the democratic majority in the house. She goes with the flow and she catches hell from her district for it. She is one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the country this November.
Stimulus? Sure, lets do it.
Healthcare? Nah…..wait, the President wants to talk to me? What the heck, lets do it.
Now, all of the sudden, with November around the corner, she plays this card. Extend the Bush tax cuts? Heck, lets do it.
“The best way to reduce our deficit is to grow our economy. Allowing the 2001 and 2003 tax rates to expire before our economy fully recovers may reduce our ability to support our small businesses, stimulate the economy, and bring our deficit under control in the future. Given our fragile recovery, I urge you to support extending the 2001 and 2003 rates in order to allow our economy to fully strengthen and grow.” Kosmas in a letter to Speaker Pelosi…
When asked about backlash from her party, she stifled. I’m concerned about the people in my district. Now? When they didn’t like the healthcare plan, NASA workers got laid off, rude members of her office, now she cares about what we have to say.
Don’t pull stunts like this to pretend your something, your not. Make the right decisions, the first time (and make sure your field reps are nicer.). You will see this on her commercials, bank on it and it will be with the intention of fooling Republican voters.
Orange County Mayoral Candidate Bill Segal and a greenscreen, in his new commercial?! I’m surprised they didn’t slap a black trenchcoat and sunglasses on him and have him jumping rooftops, like “The Matrix”
No, it wasn’t that severe but it did look like an upscale car dealer commercial and what has conservatives in the county upset is that the script sounds like a Republican advertisement. Bill appears on screen and uses a CGI Marker to “crossout taxes” when no where on his million point plan is that mention, only possible rebates.
Is it clever? Absolutely. Is it honest? no. He is one of the smartest guys running for office, but it’s tactics like these that make me not trust the guy.
So, there you have it. In Segal’s case he gets a tiny bit of slack because its a non-partisan election, but I look at his plan and after his lobbyist bring the players to Orlando, how is he going to pay for the growth?
Kosmas’ play is a little more troubling because she is willing to abandon beliefs to win her election. In 08′ there was enough anti-bush sentiment for her to take her largely Republican district. This year she is going to have to take a long look in the mirror and decide how much will she compromise her values.
Have a great weekend, guys..