Campaign 2010

Mar 02, 2009

Hypocrisy Alert: Representative Bono Mack Tries to Have Her Cake and Eat it Too

In a striking example of hypocrisy, Representative Mary Bono Mack voted against the landmark American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act and now is touting a nearly $5 million grant included in the legislation to benefit her district.

"Representative Mary Bono Mack's vote against the economic recovery act in Washington and taking credit for its benefit in her district is just too much to take," said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "As a member of the ‘Party of No,' Bono Mack voted against legislation that would save or create 8,700 jobs in her district and now she's crowing about the benefits it'll bring to her constituents."

In announcing her opposition to the economic recovery package in a press release on February 13, Bono Mack said the bill was "not the answer" to our nation's economic woes that funds were being spent on "special projects...that have little or nothing to do with stimulus" and even that provisions in the bill could have "a detrimental effect on our local economy."

In a complete about face that smacks of hypocrisy, Bono Mack sent out a follow up release last week announcing a grant for her district that will provide "much-needed assistance" and noting her pleasure that "our community will benefit from this funding."

Sorry, Representative Bono Mack, but after voting twice against the job-creating and tax-cutting economic recovery package, it's just not possible to have your cake and eat it too.