(First, though, a little bit about the Vice President’s visit to Rochester today…)
Vice President Cheney attended a fundraiser today for Congressman Randy Kuhl. As is normal in these types of events, air traffic was shut down, and the driving route to and from the event forced road closures. Approximately 200 people were scheduled to attend, and $100,000 from just this one single event was expected to be raised for Kuhl’s campaign.
Bringing the polarizing Cheney to Rochester is a risk for Kuhl, political experts said. Some Republicans running in this year’s midterm elections have tried to distance themselves from the administration.
“I find it kind of surprising that he would bring him in,” said Jeffrey Koch, a political science professor at the State University College at Geneseo. “What a lot of Republicans are trying to do is localize the race.”
Surprising or not, $100,000 for just one event, under two total hours, is not chickenfeed. Guess we don’t have to be too “independent” if the VP can pull in that type of money for you.
Kuhl said he expects voters to view him on his record, not on who he brings to town.
“I think what people will be doing is looking at the issues and where I stand on the issues,” he said. “I don’t think people make decisions on necessarily who is supporting you.” (the emphasis is mine – not the original article’s representation.)
When I read the above, I thought, “Well, OK, let’s look at his record”. Depending on how you feel about the issues below, you either will be very pleased or pretty angry. Explore these links for yourself; look at the individual specifics and votes. Then decide if this is where you stand, and if you agree with the representation you, your community, and your fellow citizens of the US have received.
Labor Issues – 33% Favorable Votes; 15 votes
Disabled American Veterans – 25% Favorable Votes; 8 votes
Environmental Issues – 6% Favorable Votes; 18 Votes
Public Citizen – 8% Favorable Votes; 25 Votes
We fight for openness and democratic accountability in government, for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts; for clean, safe and sustainable energy sources; for social and economic justice in trade policies; for strong health, safety and environmental protections; and for safe, effective and affordable prescription drugs and health care.
SEIU (Various Issues) – 16% Favorable Votes; 26 Votes
Middle Class Position – 0% Favorable Votes; 8 Votes
In vote after vote, Congress disdained the concerns of middle-class Americans and opted instead to favor the already wealthy and powerful: a surefire recipe for a shrinking middle class.
Congress championed the wish lists of oil companies, the insurance industry, and credit card issuers over the concerns of middle-class consumers and small businesses, while making it harder for ordinary citizens to hold corporate wrong-doers accountable.
Here is a resource that breaks down 24 different categories.
Natl. Assoc. of Manufacturers – 96% Favorable Votes; 26 votes
The NAM’s mission is to enhance the competitiveness of manufacturers by shaping a legislative and regulatory environment conducive to U.S. economic growth and to increase understanding among policymakers, the media and the general public about the vital role of manufacturing to America’s economic future and living standards.
And, HERE is a complete list of 2006 votes, all 470 of them.
(Oh, and by the way: Congressional candidate and 24-year Navy veteran Eric Massa held a benefit barbecue for veterans today, and raised $1,020 for the local Veterans Outreach Center. The event took place in Veteran’s Memorial Park in Henrietta, from noon to 2pm, only hours before Vice President Cheney was scheduled to arrive in town for a high-dollar fundraiser in support of Republican lawmaker Randy Kuhl. In contrast to the Cheney/Kuhl event the benefit was open to all, and Massa posed for pictures with anyone who made a donation of any amount.)
Dear readers: here is your assignment. I’ve given you a good amount of resources. It is now your turn to click those links and learn. Answer Congressman Kuhl’s request to “view him on his record”. In turn, vote with that knowledge on November 7.