Friday, July 28, 2006

Corker Flaunts Wealth; Drops Another Cool $420,000 Into Campaign Coffers

Who does Bob Corker actually think he is?

The Tennesseans reports, "Former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker has loaned his campaign another $420,000 in the waning days of his bid for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

That puts the total amount he has given his campaign from his personal wealth at $2.167 million."

Does Corker think he can just buy this election from the people of Tennessee? That appears to be the case.

Clearly, anyone that can give their campaign over $2 million, does not understand the problems that average Joes like us face. Moreover, I would argue that anyone who courts K Street lobbyists and Big Oil for money and support does not have the backs of Tennesseans.

Bob Corker may be rich, but all that money can't buy him one thing--a real vision.

Corker is running a visionless campaign right now.

He may talk about immigration, but the fact is he hired illegal immigrants to work for his own business back in the 80's. He may talk bad about lobbyists, but the fact is, he is one of K Street's best friends. He may say he is a fiscal conservative, however, he served as Don Sundquist's financial advisor and oversaw huge deficits pile up during the 90's (he also oversaw fraud and lavish spending as Mayor of Chattanooga). He may say he is pro-life, but his former statements and his recent opposition to stem cell research say otherwise. And he may say he will protect our nation in the U.S. Senate, however, Chattanooga records show that he failed miserably in responding to emergencies as Mayor.

Put simply, Bob Corker is a phony, folks. He may be able to buy fancy television ads that portray him to be one thing, but he can't change the truth.

The truth is, Harold Ford Jr. is the only candidate in this race that is talking about real change. Whether it be balancing our budget, winning in Iraq, fighting global warming, stopping illegal immigration, supporting stem cell research, getting our nation on a path to energy independence, or whatever, Congressman Ford is the man with the plan.

Don't buy what Bob Corker is selling. He is a fraud.

207 Days

Days of Congressional Inaction on Ethics

Above is the number of days that have passed since Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to bribing Congressman.

It is also the number of days in which Congress has failed to pass an ethics reform bill that would limit private travel, ski and golf junkets, and would call for a full disclosure of expenses by lobbyists on members of Congress.

It is time for Congress to step up and pass an ethics reform bill that would do all of the above. In addition, it is time to end the pork barrel spending system as we know it and establish an independent ethics commission that would review ethics complaints against members of Congress.

I am proud Congressman Harold Ford Jr. is fighting for that reform!

Read Congressman Ford's call for reform of the House rules here!