Friday, October 29, 2010

65 percent of Americans want to boot the entire Congress - let's do our part to boot Betty Sutton

Rasmussen released the results of an interesting survey yesterday, which reveals that 65 percent of all Americans favor getting rid of the entire Congress.

This isn't a shock to those of us who have been voicing concerns for years about a growing national debt and leaders who ignore the wishes of the people they were elected to represent.

Even more telling, 60 percent of likely voters have an unfavorable impression of our own Betty Sutton's boss, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi took over as Speaker at the same time Betty Sutton first took office in 2007. Since then, Betty Sutton has voted with Pelosi 99 PERCENT OF THE TIME. That's quite a track record, when you consider that those votes have enabled a government takeover of health care, a $5 trillion run-up in the national debt (total is now $13.6 trillion) and a government seizure of assets of automakers GM and Chrysler.

And remember, as I've reported in this blog before, Nancy Pelosi is funding Betty Sutton's campaign. Pelosi and her groups have funneled piles of cash ($20,000 so far) to Sutton and her campaign in 2010.

In four days, you'll get to voice your opinion on Nancy Pelosi, Betty Sutton and our out-of-control Congress.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Getting out and voting is the key to defeating Betty Sutton

Today's article in The Plain Dealer focuses on the final push by candidates all over Northeast Ohio to win over the hearts and minds of voters.

It touches on the Ganley-Sutton race. As Betty Sutton herself notes, "It's going to be key at the end of the day to make sure that people exercise their right to vote and the power they have in that vote."

Never were truer words spoken.

The key to this election and defeating Sutton is to get to the polls on Tuesday and vote. This could be a close one, and every single last ballot is going to matter.

You can do your part not only by voting, but by encouraging your friends, neighbors, children, parents and coworkers to cast a vote for their future.

Remind them that:
  • The national debt has ballooned by $5 trillion since Betty Sutton took office and her boss Nancy Pelosi became speaker in 2007. This is the fastest and largest increase in our debt in history.
  • Sutton's campaign is funded by Nancy Pelosi and her groups to the tune of $20,000.
  • Unemployment has skyrocketed in Northeast Ohio under Betty Sutton's watch.
  • The facts show Cash For Clunkers was a FAILURE and a waste of tax dollars.
  • Most voters are opposed to the federal government's takeover of health care, which Betty Sutton supported and helped pass.
  • Sutton's deciding vote allowed the House to adjourn and hit the campaign trail in September, without passing a federal budget and without extending tax cuts for middle class and working Americans.

It might seem unlikely that spreading these messages and urging your friends to vote will have any impact on an election. But imagine if you could get just one person who would otherwise stay home to instead come out and cast a vote against Betty Sutton and for Tom Ganley? Now imagine what would happen if everyone did the same thing.

Your voice and vote can and WILL make a difference. I know this first-hand. Thousands of Ohioans have visited this web site and I've received emails of support throughout the campaign. Even Betty Sutton's staff keeps tabs on this web site (really! they read these posts just like you do!) because they know the power of the voice of the people.

Exercise that power that you have. Get out and vote. Urge your friends to vote. Let's be the force that brings change to Washington and to America.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tom Ganley takes business approach to governing

Who do you want to represent your interests in Congress for the next two years? A career politician like Betty Sutton who will take a political approach to government? Or a businessman like Tom Ganley, who stated at the Akron Press Club yesterday that he will take a business approach to leading?

So far, Sutton's politics as usual approach has gotten us 10 percent unemployment, a massive run-up in the national debt unlike any seen in our country's history, a government takeover of our health care decisions and a divided and distrustful America.

Tom Ganley has never run for office before, and that's a good thing. He's devoted his life to building his car dealership network, creating more than 5,000 jobs in the process and generating millions of dollars in tax revenue for the communities he serves. He's advocating a cutback in federal spending (which is something Sutton seems to have no interest in doing) and wants to help undo some of the damage the present Congress and administration have done in the last two years.

What does Northeast Ohio need more than anything right now? JOBS.
Who has a lifetime of experience creating jobs and running a profitable business? GANLEY.
Who has a lifetime of experience running for office, collecting a fat government paycheck and spending other people's tax dollars? SUTTON.

In six days, we'll have the opportunity to take our pick of who we think is the best leader for Northeast Ohio.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Betty Sutton says she's proud of her record in Congress - but how do YOU feel about her record?

Betty Sutton told the audience at the Akron Press Club last week that she is proud of her record as a member of Congress. As reported by the Akron Beacon Journal, Sutton "said she is concerned about federal spending, but was not afraid to take action when it was necessary." Meanwhile, the federal debt has ballooned to $13.6 trillion thanks to an utter lack of concern about federal over-spending while she has been in office.

She also touted her record of spending billions of tax dollars on the failed Cash for Clunkers program (which caused a run-up in used car prices and didn't result in more cars being sold in the long run), supporting and passing the Credit Cardholder Bill of Rights (which is to blame for the run up in our credit card rates just prior to its going into effect), and her support for small businesses and employers (even though she left Washington to go campaigning without voting to prevent a massive tax increase on small businesses in September).

We're in the home stretch folks. Every candidate is out there trumpeting their accomplishments and spinning their failures as successes. If you're still undecided about who you will vote for in the Ohio District 13 race for the U.S. House of Representatives (Sutton or Ganley), it's time to sit back and do some real soul searching.
  • Are you satisfied with the economy in Northeast Ohio?
  • Has it improved since Betty Sutton was elected in 2006?
  • Are you satisfied with the performance of the current Congress?
  • Do you see more or less opportunity for jobs, business growth and success in Ohio since Betty Sutton took office?
  • Do you want a representative who is taking tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Nancy Pelosi?
  • Can we do better by giving someone new a shot in Washington?

I understand why some folks want to vote for Betty Sutton. I'm a registered Democrat and voted for her in 2008. I understand Northeast Ohio traditionally votes for strong Democratic candidates that represent the working class.

But there comes a time where we must face the fact that the leaders we've elected to represent us in Congress have failed to look out for our interests. They've allowed jobs to disappear. They've spent more of our tax dollars than they took in. There comes a time when perhaps new voices and new ideas are the only hope to put America back on the right track.

In the next seven days, think hard about your future, your children's futures and your grandchildren's futures. Think hard about whether Congress has given us a fair shake or if they've done anything to help ordinary Americans in these difficult times. Think about whether a change in direction will help. Think about whether you want to invite Betty Sutton back or if you want to give someone else a chance to work for us.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Voters are increasingly fed up with Betty Sutton's negative, mud-slinging campaign

Today's campaign snapshot comes from The Suburbanite, a small community newspaper that serves parts of Betty Sutton's district in Summit County. Sometimes these small weekly papers can get lost in the shuffle of big media endorsments and large newspapers running puff pieces supporting certain candidates and muck-raking sludge for their opponents.

But Frank Weaver Jr.'s piece in The Suburbanite really stands out from the crowd- particularly in his criticism of Betty Sutton for the dirty campaign she's been running.

Weaver takes Sutton's campaign to task for attacking Tom Ganley for his record as an auto dealer and he wonders aloud why Sutton can't manage to promote her own accomplishments in her commercials. He says all of the negativity makes it hard to know how to vote.

But as Weaver notes:

For many, dirty campaigning has become an art. The latest political painting
using abhorrent verbosity in advertising comes from the democratic party in
support of Betty Sutton, our incumbent Congresswoman. At present, her opponent,
Tom Ganley, has done the decent thing, so far, and tried keeping his campaign
above board. And that's the way it should be.

Weaver is right. Ganley has run a fair and decent campaign. He has taken the high road and fought a clean political fight against Sutton. Congresswoman Sutton's decision to get down in the mud, instead of tout her own accomplisments, points out something that I've been saying all along - Betty Sutton has no notable accomplishments to brag about.

More than 10 percent of Ohio District 13 constituents are unemployed. Betty Sutton has voted to spend trillions of our tax dollars on new entitlement programs like government-enforced and regulated health care and the idiotic Cash for Clunkers program. She has taken tens of thousands of dollars from Nancy Pelosi and has done her bidding in Congress. She has voted to plunge America further into debt (we now owe our creditors, including the communist Chinese government, more than $13 trillion).

Sutton can't run positive campaign ads because she doesn't have any accomplishments to impress us with - just failures and politics as usual.

I can't speak for Mr. Weaver or say how he might vote in two weeks. But his voice sounds familiar - like the thousands of other Ohio voters who are sick and tired of Betty Sutton's politics as usual. Like the thousands of other Ohioans who are ready for a change in direction and a change in tone.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Did you know? Nancy Pelosi is funding Betty Sutton's 2010 campaign

Voters fed up with the antics of the current Congress and its utter disregard for the will of the people, and particularly those displeased with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's leadership, may be shocked to learn that Pelosi and groups controlled by Pelosi are in fact FUNDING Betty Sutton's campaign this year.

I recently reviewed campaign finance disclosures to the FEC and noticed that Nancy Pelosi, via her own re-election campaign fund, made two contributions of $2,000 ($4,000 total) to Betty Sutton's campaign earlier this year. And just for good measure, the Pelosi-led Political Action Committee called PAC to the Future made two $5,000 donations ($10,000 total) to Sutton's campaigns on the same days that Pelosi's campaign made donations. The fun doesn't stop there though. Pelosi's campaign also made three more donations totaling $6,000 to the Betty Sutton for Congress campaign committee.

That's a grand total of $20,000 Pelosi dollars funneled to Betty Sutton and her committee so far in 2010. And that's just what we know about right now. Who knows how high the final dollar count will be when the campaign is all said and done?

This just seems to be the game that's played in Washington these days. After all, Sutton's committee also was more than happy to take $2,000 from former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's "Friends of Rahm Emanuel" group in 2006. And the $10,000 she and her committee received from pro-abortion PAC Emily's List helped fill her campaign coffers this year. I guess campaigns are expensive and all that cash for attack ads, fliers and staffers has to come from someplace.

Now there's nothing expressly illegal about any of this. But then again, Pelosi's PACs have been known to skirt campaign finance laws in the past. So you be the judge. Do you want a congressional rep like Betty Sutton who is financially beholden to someone like Nancy Pelosi? Do you want a rep who is more than willing to play the political money game and take thousands of dollars from special interests that aim to advance the agenda of Speaker Pelosi?

I do not.

Lorain County newspaper endorses Tom Ganley

Lorain County may very well be the heart of Ohio's working class heritage. It has been home to countless thousands of steelworkers, autoworkers, craftsmen and service workers and their families. These hard-working Ohioans perhaps know better than most how difficult the economic downturn has been and how important good leadership is to creating an environment where employment can grow and businesses can thrive.

So it's heartening to see that Lorain County's most-read newspaper, The Morning Journal, has endorsed a candidate for Congress that it thinks understands job creation and will best lead the citizens of Ohio District 13 in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In its endorsement of Tom Ganley, The Morning Journal stated, "The 13th District includes Lorain and Elyria and stretches southeast into Akron. The economically troubled district, and the recession-battered nation, can not continue following the wrong-headed remedies prescribed by Obama and his followers, including Sutton."

"Voters need to take control of their own destiny and elect people like Tom Ganley who have the sense and the courage to end our downward spiral of economic uncertainty, crushing debt and bloated federal government."

"It's time to send a job-creating businessman to Washington. On Nov. 2, we strongly urge voters in Lorain County, and throughout the 13th District, to elect Republican Tom Ganley to Congress."

It's undeniable that our hard working residents and our communities need a change in direction if they are to survive and thrive.

I wholeheartedly agree with The Morning Journal's editorial staff. It is time to send someone like Tom Ganley, who has experience in job creation, someone who understands how to run an efficient and profitable business, someone who isn't the same-old same-old politician, to Washington to work for us.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A critical look at Betty Sutton's failed pet project, Cash for Clunkers

Betty Sutton's campaign frequently points to 2009's Cash For Clunkers program as one of her major successes while serving in the House. Sutton was the sponsor of the House version of the bill and was instrumental in its design and passage.

But how can someone call an abject failure and waste of tax dollars one of her biggest successes?

Cash for Clunkers, which cost taxpayers $3 billion, was created to give a much-needed jolt to the U.S. auto industry, while also removing older, less fuel-efficient vehicles from the road. In July and August 2009, approximately 690,000 car buyers took advantage of the program.

The gimmick created a short-term spike in auto sales. But long-term, it had some less than desirable effects:

Let's be honest here. The evidence shows Cash for Clunkers was a dud, expensive and totally unnecessary. The end result was that YOU paid taxes to purchase cars for other people and U.S. automakers suffered market share losses.

This is Betty Sutton's crowing achievement as your representative - spending your tax dollars, contributing a few billion dollars to the budget deficit and helping foreign automakers.