FROM THE HILL TO THE MOUNTAINS: A WEEKLY COLUMN BY U.S. SENATOR JOE MANCHIN (D-W.Va.)
May 21, 2013
As the Republican Establishment begins to circle its wagons around Congresswoman Capito as the “conservative” to replace Jay Rockefeller in the US Senate, many conservative grass roots groups have come out in clear opposition to her candidacy, solely based upon her non- conservative voting record.
While Capito gives a great stump speech, her voting record is dismal, and often in direct opposition to her public statements.
For example, while Capito symbolically voted to repeal Obamacare, she quietly voted FOR House Resolution 525.
H.R. 525 expanded an Obamacare grant program by making veterinarians eligible for public health workforce grants and loan repayment.
The bill expanded the number of beneficiaries under Obamacare, thus making it harder to repeal. Obamacare needs to be repealed and de-funded, not expanded.
Given that Obamacare will increase the cost of health care for every working West Virginian by almost 35 percent, is expanding the program the answer?
Capito is also on record for voting time and again for bailouts and pork.
“Congresswoman Capito is not someone we can endorse because her spending record in the House is too liberal,” said SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins. “If Republicans in West Virginia want to save their country, they need to find another candidate with the courage say ‘no’ to more spending and debt.”
U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito has a pro-government, pro-Washington voting record. In fact, Heritage Action for America gave her a dismal 48 percent conservative score.
Just last year, Capito voted for the $1 trillion, budget-busting omnibus spending bill as well as a $2.4 trillion increase in the debt ceiling. Capito has a long history of supporting wasteful earmark spending, union wage mandates, and taxpayer funding for abortion.”
“There’s no question that Congresswoman Capito is well-known in the state and is favored by the Washington establishment,” added Hoskins. “They know she won’t rock the boat when it comes to cutting deals with Democrats to spend money we don’t have.”
Finally Capito has voted time and again against the United States Constitution.
“From her voted on CISPA (which violates the 4th Amendment), her utter disregard for the 5th and 6th Amendments ( NDAA), and her less than stellar record on the 2nd Amendment,” said S. Chris Anders, West Virginia State Coordinator for the Campaign for Liberty, “Capito is clearly not a Constitutionalist.”
Without even going into her record of voting FOR stem cell research, while saying she is pro-life, it is clear that Capito is not the person to represent West Virginia in the United States Senate.
In times of an out of control Federal Government we need representation that has the backbone to stand for the Rights and Property of West Virginians, not play political games for their own advancement.
And Shelley Moore Capito has proven time and again she is only for herself, and the fact that the West Virginia Republican Party has so publicly promoted her speaks volumes.
For when the Senate Conservative Fund, the Heritage Foundation and numerous other true conservative organizations clearly do not support Capito, why does the West Virginia GOP?
Call them and let them know West Virginia needs a true leader, and a principled conservative, not just another republican in name only.
Boone Co. Chapter
SOS (Sons of the Second)