New Dem Campaign Brands Stimulus Critics as ‘Highway Hypocrites’

2008412046.jpgRep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) joined others in her party in voting against the stimulus before praising its local impact. (Photo: Seattle Times)

As more media outlets note the phenomenon of GOP lawmakers who voted against the Obama administration’s economic stimulus law before seeking — and taking credit for winning — a share of its infrastructure money, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is seizing an opening to tag its opponents as two-faced.

The DNC launched a "Highway Hypocrites" website today that asks voters to research whether their local representative is among those who blasted the stimulus in Washington before touting its value outside the Beltway.

But the system is flawed: those who provide address information to the DNC are only told whether their member of Congress voted for or against the stimulus, not whether they opposed it before returning home and stumping for transportation recovery money.

The names of the Republicans who played both ends of the stimulus debate are available in a research report released last month by bloggers at Think Progress, an affiliate of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

  • Charles Prescott

    I can’t understand the furor about this. Of course members are going to pursue funding for their districts. Senators who voted against the Bush tax cuts didn’t ask the people in their states to pay at the old higher rate.

  • Thomas Mahoney

    “Senators who voted against the Bush tax cuts didn’t ask the people in their states to pay at the old higher rate.” This comment completely misses the point. Senators who praise highway funds are doing so because of the jobs impact in their districts, and so are being hypocritical because of their prior denunciation of the stimulus bill on the grounds that it wouldn’t create jobs. The tax cut analogy doesn’t work because Senators who voted against it didn’t then turn around and praise it for creating jobs and decreasing the deficit.

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