Monday, October 20, 2008

The Franking King?

The Craig Williams campaign says Joe Sestak spent more than $637,433 of taxpayer money in franking privileges and mass printings. Compared to fellow Democratic congressman Bob Brady who spent $1,600.

Your tax dollars at work, letting you know what a great job Joe Sestak is doing.

Bob Brady ought to be ashamed of himself for keeping his constituents in the dark about how hard he works. Ditto Chaka Fattah, who at $1,440, spent even less.

UPDATE: Just got out of a meeting with Congressman Sestak. I asked him about this. He said "One of the largest responsibilities I have is communicating" with constituents.
Apparently it's also one of his most expensive.

"If I can communicate and explain what we're trying to do... It's a real sincere reaching out and trying to help."

Sestak earnestly bemoaned the tone in Washington and blamed it for the public's lack of respect and Congress.

He said the "most valuable commodity you have, the most precious, as an elected official is credibility. So that when a crisis happens people believe" what you're saying.

Wow! He didn't blink when I suggested that Congress lacks any and all credibility as evidenced by its record low approval rating. He smilingly pointed out that the media has an even lower approval rating than Congress.


Asked if he was wrong about the "surge," Sestak says "absolutely not."
It was the wrong strategy for our national security. He said that 50 percent of deployed national guardsman come home with some sort of "mental challenge," 40 percent suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sounds high, doesn't it.

More later.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you please put the "franking" number in context by providing the franking amounts spend by Curt Weldon for this same district during each of his last few terms in office?

(Don't forget to account for increased printing and postage costs.)

October 20, 2008 at 11:36 PM 
Anonymous r said...

Still hung up on Weldon? Is he still in office?

Man, Rep Joe sure does waste taxpayer money on this crap.
And even his lost supporters are defending his abuses by dredging up the past! Lol...

Williams is clearly the better candidate. And for those who care about such things, the Lib Philadelphia Inquirer even endorsed Craig Williams over Franking Sestak.

October 24, 2008 at 12:24 PM 

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