In response to our radio ads educating voters about Shuster’s big-government voting record, Shuster is touting his fundraising success. His spokesman told PoliticsPA that he was proud “to have the support of hard working conservatives across the country.” He touted his ability to raise money “from likeminded voters who are proud to stand with us to fight Obamacare, and oppose the big spending policies that have led to record debt and deficits like the stimulus, and rebuild America’s roads.”
Let’s put aside for the moment the fact that he voted 8 times to raise the debt ceiling and numerous times to fund Obamacare in appropriations bills. He wants us to believe that “likeminded” conservatives across the country are rallying to this committee chairman, a career-politician who is the epitome of an establishment Republican. His campaign finance report reads like a who’s who list of every special interest on K Street.
Art Halvorson, on the other hand, is committed to ending the sinkhole of federal transportation policy, which is controlled by all of Shuster’s special interests who waste state priorities on labor and environmental regulations. There might not be a lot of money involved in supporting such a position, but it is consistent with the views of constitutional conservatives – the antithesis of special interests.
But here’s the kicker. Shuster speaks of likeminded voters supporting his campaign. One donor to his campaign was none other than former PA Democrat Party chairman T.J. Rooney.
Rooney is considered the key player in helping Obama win Pennsylvania in 2008. Here is a 2010 description of Rooney when he stepped down as party chairman:
The 45-year-old Rooney was Gov. Ed Rendell’s hand-picked choice to head the party when he was elected in 2003 and has played a role in every major political campaign in the state since then.
In 2006, Rooney helped engineer a Democratic sweep that included regaining control of the state House of Representatives and Pennsylvania’s delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as Bob Casey’s election to the U.S. Senate.
Rooney is now the President of Tri State Strategies, a liberal special interest lobbying shop.
So the question begs, why would one of the top Democrats in the state give money to a random Republican congressman who is not even from his district? Why would a man who dedicated his career to defeating Republicans in the state of Pennsylvania drop a donation to a “prominent” Republican incumbent?
By Shuster’s own standard, Rooney must be one of those likeminded voters. Indeed, liberals like Rooney understand that in this conservative district it is better to retain a big spending/supporter of higher gas taxes than to elect a true constitutional conservative like Art Halvorson.
The Madison Project is a special interest organization in one sense. We give voice to the millions of Americans who feel voiceless and disenfranchised by big government politicians like Bill Shuster. Our special interest is the Constitution, free markets, and traditional values. Our special interest is ensuring that no groups, industry, or individual is granted tendentious treatment by using the levers of political power.
Let’s come together as likeminded conservatives and help Art Halvorson against Bill Shuster and his likeminded supporters of special interests and Democrats.
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