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OK, they're Republican politicians, so they both lie professionally.

But this is about one particular lie, related to support or lack thereof for President Obama's stimulus package, and about a big-bucks Manhattan fund-raiser last night.

This is the second time that the nationally important 20th Congressional District special election on March 31 between Democratic candidate Scott Murphy and Republican candidate Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco has attracted a personal appearance by Michael Steele, the entertaining new chairman of the Republican National Committee.

And it probably won't be the last.

But when Steele helps Tedisco raise money, someone is lying. Since reporters these days would never ask Steele or Tedisco who's lying about the stimulus, I'll try to answer that, below.

Here's the background: Tedisco has refused to say whether he would have voted with the rest of the House Republicans against the stimulus, thereby implying that he might have supported the bill.

Tedisco is in a tight political spot on this issue -- the wingnut base hates Obama and the stimulus, but overall, Obama and the stimulus are overwhelmingly popular in the district -- so he's trying to have it both ways.

On the other hand, Steele has said that he will not raise money for Republicans who support the stimulus.

So, what are we to think when, last night, Steele attended a major fund-raiser for Tedisco, held by Bush/Pataki funders Andrew and Denise Saul at their Fifth Avenue co-op.

Tickets to the reception were a minimum of $1,000, but those who signed up for the "Host Committee" and committed to raising from $4,800, to $19,200 also got dinner with Tedisco and his good friend, former Gov. George Pataki, who is as popular as an all-day freezing rain storm in the district.

The event was private, naturally, and the amount raised and from whom may not be known until after the election. But it clearly raised somewhere in the six figures from Manhattan GOP millionaires.

The RNC also paid for Tedisco's first TV ad, to the tune of $80,000.

The answer to the "who's lying?" question is obvious -- Tedisco.

He has no doubt given private assurances to Steele, and other Republican leaders/funders, that he would have opposed the stimulus and would, if elected, be a loud Obama obstructionist.

He needs their money, after all.

The idea that a career Republican politician who specializes in barking-dog attacks on Democrats would have been the ONLY House GOP Member to vote for the stimulus is preposterous.


So Tedisco is lying on this one.

So please do whatever you can to send the excellent Scott Murphy to Congress, and the liar Tedisco back to his Assembly doghouse.  

P.S. IMPORTANT REMINDER, courtesy of commenter/Kossack/Democratic activist RonV: Absentee votes in a low-turnout special election are more important than in a general election. Absentee ballot requests for this special election MUST BE POSTMARKED by March 24, and if mailed in, MUST BE POSTMARKED by March 30.  

Originally posted to devtob on Thu Mar 05, 2009 at 06:35 AM PST.

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  •  Tip jar (15+ / 0-)

    Tedisco's lying evasion of the stimulus support question has emerged as a major issue in the campaign.

    Rightfully so.

    The Republicans want to cut YOUR Social Security benefits.

    by devtob on Thu Mar 05, 2009 at 06:37:51 AM PST

  •  It's like the crap I see from my Representative, (4+ / 0-)
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    lipris, RonV, devtob, followyourbliss

    Tim Johnson R IL 15, He voted against the stimulus plan but now is urging release of the money for a local project known as FutureGen, a supposedly clean coal project that had been slated for construction in Matoon IL, but torpedoed by the bush administration because it was being built in Illinois not Texas. Johnson was unable to convince the leader of his party to desist from stopping this project, was unwilling to support President Obama's effort to get this project and others like it across the country financed but now is calling for it to go ahead so he can take credit for it next election cycle. Pure bullshit! His letter here:


    Washington, D.C. -  U.S. Rep. Timothy V. Johnson today released a letter he is sending to Department of Energy Secretary Stephen Chu calling on the DOE to release its Record of Decision on FutureGen, along with $1 billion in Fossil Energy Research funding contained in the President’s stimulus package.
               Rep. Johnson was joined by other members of the delegation in the letter, including Reps. John Shimkus and Jerry Costello, longtime supporters of FutureGen.
               "Because of the ineptitude of the previous energy administration, this project has hung in limbo for more than a year," Rep. Johnson said. "It’s long past time to get this train out of the station. It was the right thing to do when I and Reps. Shimkus and Costello first began arguing for it in 2003 and it’s even more right now.
               "I have met with Secretary Chu and believe him to be a man of high integrity and intellect. This letter is a way of reminding him of the importance of FutureGen to the cause of clean energy, energy independence and job creation," Rep. Johnson said.
               The letter states in part:
               "With the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 now enacted into law, we recommend that DOE direct funds towards FutureGen because of the positive effects it will have on the economy.  While not specifically mentioned in the stimulus package, it is our understanding that DOE could fund FutureGen at $1 billion under DOE’s ‘fossil energy research and development programs.’  We believe FutureGen would make exceptional use of these funds.
               "In addition, we also ask that you quickly release the Record of Decision for FutureGen.  A tremendous and significant amount of work and resources have gone into making this project a reality.  With an Environmental Impact Study already complete and a site already selected, FutureGen is five years ahead of any comparable project.  We cannot further delay on this promising technology and releasing the Record of Decision is a necessary step in propelling the project towards construction.  
               "As DOE and the administration make decisions on where the stimulus funding should be distributed, we urge you to include FutureGen funding in Mattoon, Illinois.  By directing $1 billion in fossil energy research towards FutureGen under the stimulus and releasing the Record of Decision DOE can help create jobs and bring this important technology to fruition."

           I expect to see this type of behavior from republican congressmen nationwide. Spending for my district good/ spending somewhere else bad.

    Darkness warshed over the Dude - darker'n a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night. There was no bottom.

    by irate on Thu Mar 05, 2009 at 06:49:44 AM PST

    •  By the way,,, (2+ / 0-)
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      I've already sent him an email and letter asking him to stick to his principles and oppose any use of the "Stimulus" funds, stick to your guns Mr Johnson and understand that you will be expected to explain your position next election. (Unfortunately a turd on a stick would win election in this district on the r ticket.)

      Darkness warshed over the Dude - darker'n a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night. There was no bottom.

      by irate on Thu Mar 05, 2009 at 07:01:37 AM PST

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      •  Thanks for the comment, (2+ / 0-)
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        RonV, irate

        but it looks like this could be a diary that explores misuse of stimulus funds, from your local perspective.

        The Republicans want to cut YOUR Social Security benefits.

        by devtob on Thu Mar 05, 2009 at 07:23:56 AM PST

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