Only three weeks after Corker said he opposed the very existence of the minimum wage, he has now came out and said he supports raising the minimum wage. This is just one in a long list of character flaws that Bob Corker has in this Senate race.
The following press release has more:
Three weeks after looking the cameras in the eye during a Republican primary debate and opposing the very existence of the minimum wage, Bob Corker yesterday continued a campaign without character by changing his position 180 degrees in a record three weeks time, now saying he would have voted to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25.
Corker's transparent self-interest on the issue of wages should come as no surprise to the people of Chattanooga; when Corker was mayor of that city he raised his pay at the same time he eliminated cost-of-living raises for city employees, and he continues to take a city pension, despite making $12 million while he was mayor. [Chattanooga Times Free Press, 6/15/06]
Corker still takes a pension from the City of Chattanooga: According to his Personal Financial Disclosure 2005 form that was filed with Secretary of Senate in May [Personal Financial Disclosure 2005 filed with Secretary of Senate]
Corker made $12 million while mayor: According to adjustment gross income figures released by the Corker campaign in April [Corker Release, Corker Releases 29 years of tax information, 04/14/06]
U.S. Senate nominee Harold Ford Jr. issued the following statement today:
"A leader with character doesn't oppose working people in July and claim to be for them in August. I have consistently voted to raise the minimum wage, and I did so last month when Bob Corker opposed me and the 450,000 Tennesseans who deserve a raise.
"Character is standing up for people who have no voice. Character is standing by them all the time--not just to win an election.
"When Tennessee newspapers said Bob Corker's lies during the primary should lead voters to question everything else he would say, this is exactly what they were talking about. You can buy all the false TV ads in the world, but you can't buy character."
"It is an issue of fairness to raise the minimum wage for hard working Tennesseans and Americans. If the people of this great state give me a chance to serve them in the Senate, I will stand up for them everyday and be a leader on the things that matter most."
"A decent wage isn't a Republican idea or a Democratic idea--it's just a good idea. That's what a new generation of leadership is about."
So does Corker support the minimum wage or not? I like many voters, just cannot figure Corker out. All I know, is that this guy has some serious character flaws he needs to deal with.
We need a U.S. Senator with strong character. We need a new generation of leadership!
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!