Sunday, February 22, 2009

"Note to GOP: We make cars in Michigan"

A Sessions Watcher with an eye on the NRCC sends this news clip from Michigan. From Detroit News:
The National Republican Campaign Committee said Friday it will launch a robocall campaign targeting freshman Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, for his vote on the "wasteful spending" stimulus bill. But the research team at the NRCC might want to think a little harder about the "wasteful spending" it cites in Michigan...Peters spokesman Cullen Schwarz responds: "This economic recovery plan means over 100,000 jobs created or saved in Michigan. Congressman Peters has been meeting with local mayors, school administrators, business owners, working families and unemployed residents who are grateful for the job-creating investments and tax cuts this plan will provide. If these guys would get out of Washington once in a while and come talk to real people here, they could see how badly Michigan needs action on an economic recovery plan."
The Detroit News also published the text of the robocall:
"Congressmen like to brag about being fiscally responsible. They all say they are opposed to wasteful spending. But Congressman Gary Peters has not been voting that way. Gary Peters voted for nearly a trillion dollars in wasteful spending. That's right one trillion dollars of your money and more than 30 entirely new government programs. Call Gary Peters at 202-225-3121. Tell him he made a mistake by supporting wasteful spending. Tell him to guard the taxpayers instead. Paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. The National Republican Congressional Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising."
Meanwhile, Gary Peters is speaking to packed houses about the benefits of the stimulus bill to his constituents:
Unemployed residents, small business owners, superintendents and working family members attended the meeting at Peters' Troy offices.

In Michigan, the recovery plan will provide more than $1.2 billion in job-creating infrastructure investments, $926 million for Michigan's K-12 schools, tax relief for four million Michigan residents and increased unemployment benefits for more than one million jobless Michiganians. The plan is estimated to mean more 100,000 more jobs for Michigan.
So it looks like the NRCC just gave free publicity to Gary Peters for supporting a bill which is very popular in his district. (And Sessions Watch would just like to go on the record once again as having tried to warn the GOP about putting Pete Sessions in charge of anything).

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