Campaign 2010

Jun 07, 2010

Jaime Herrera Reveals Extreme Hypocrisy on Federal Spending

Surrounded by national Republican backers at her kickoff event last week, Jaime Herrera's hypocrisy on spending became clear.

After all, as a candidate for Congress, Herrera has used the same old Republican talking points to rail against federal spending.  She even criticized as political pandering efforts to create jobs through construction and infrastructure projects.

But not too long ago, Herrera was singing a different tune, actually backing efforts to spend economic recovery package funding on transportation projects in Washington state to 'help alleviate' the effects of the economic downturn and 'create jobs for the unemployed.'

"Now that Jaime Herrera’s running for Congress, she’s using stock Republican talking points to rail against federal spending, but as a state legislator she embraced using economic recovery package funds to build transportation projects in Washington state," said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "Voters in southwest Washington deserve better than Jaime Herrera’s blatantly hypocritical, politically-motivated pandering."

Background

  • At her official campaign kickoff event last week, Jaime Herrera said, "The problem isn’t that we’re not sending enough money to Washington, D.C.  The problem is that once it gets there, they are spending it like drunken sailors." [YouTube.com, Herrera Campaign Kickoff, accessed 6/7/10]
  • On her campaign website Herrera argues, "When the people who run DC see high unemployment, their answer is to run up the deficit by spending money for pet projects…to help their reelection and the costs will be paid back by our children."[JaimeHerrera.com, accessed 6/7/10]
  • In 2009, Herrera voted in favor of a bill authorizing the expenditure of $341 million in federal funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  The bill directed WSDOT to allocate the funds based on a list of projects with two tiers of importance and specifically noted that these funds would help alleviate Washington state’s economic burden and create jobs. [Washington House of Representatives, ESHB 1978 Final Bill Report; ESHB 1978, 3/04/09]

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