With national unemployment hovering near 10 percent, a number of leading Democrat Senators and candidates are abandoning liberal trial lawyer Roxanne Conlin (D-IA), embattled U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and President Barack Obama as they seek to implement legislation for the largest tax increase in American history later this year.
During just the last two weeks, three Democrat Senate candidates in key swing states joined a group of Conlin’s colleagues in Washington who oppose the Obama-Reid-Pelosi tax hike, which Conlin has promised to rubberstamp.
“For a reminder of how painfully out-of-touch liberal Roxanne Conlin is with voters in her state, Iowans need look no further than what her own fellow Democrats are saying about the tax-hiking agenda that Conlin supports,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Chris Bond. “While many of Conlin’s fellow Democrats have stepped forward and finally acknowledged that raising taxes will hurt families and small businesses in the midst of a recession, she continues to firmly support President Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi’s massive tax hike on the families, seniors, and job creators in her state.”
On Friday, Louisiana Democrat Senate candidate U.S. Representative Charlie Melancon (D-LA) became the latest Democrat to announce that he now opposes Conlin’s efforts to raise taxes by repealing any of the 2001 and 2003 tax relief measures. Melancon’s announcement comes on the heels of two other leading Democrat Senate candidates, Rubberstamp Robin Carnahan (D-MO) and liberal trial lawyer Jack Conway (D-KY), who recently flip-flopped on their positions.
In addition, several sitting Democrat Senators, including Budget Committee Chairman U.S. Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND), have announced they will oppose Conlin’s efforts, while Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said recently that extending the tax cuts would strengthen a still struggling U.S. economy. Yet Conlin is standing firm with Harry Reid, insisting on a September fight in the Senate over this issue.
CONLIN: “I Will Absolutely Let The Bush Tax Cuts, For The Very Wealthy Expire In 2011. Absolutely Let Them Expire.” (Conlin Campaign Event, Waverly, IA, 4/11/10)
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