"There's genuine concern about too much government spending.." Ed Whitfield speaking to Paducah Tea Party April 15th.
Congressman Ed Whitfield brought his message of anti-government spending to a receptive crowd in Paducah on Tax Day, April 15th. He told the crowd that “Many of us voted against the bailout in Washington, D.C. and many of us voted against the automobile bailout in Washington, DC.” The Congressman also voted against the stimulus package that the Obama administration and a Democratic Congress enacted to get the economy moving again.
Congressman Whitfield is having his cake and eating it too. His office recently touted his support of community based health centers. He called himself “a tireless champion” for the centers. His office entitled his Press Release March 26, 2009
, "Whitfield Called a Superhero".
What the press release didn’t mention is that the economic recovery package he voted against provided more than $10 million to meet demand at Kentucky health centers and to build new ones across the state.
Whitfield and 43 of his GOP colleagues made the House Republican Hypocrisy Hall of Famefor their No votes on one hand and their use of federal money (called “pork” by their supporters) in their districts.
Whitfield has been busy in the First District lately and according to a report in the Kentucky Gazette, he sent out fundraising letters on March 27th, asking for contributions to “help us in laying the groundwork for the next election cycle”. The renewed fundraising effort comes less than six months after the fall election. Whitfield has no opponent on either side of the aisle at this writing. He has defeated each Democratic challenge handily since he defeated Tom Barlow in 1994.
There are murmurs that he may have his sights set on the other chamber of Congress in Washington. The GOP is strong in the First District and IF Senator Bunning decides to drop out due to his pathetic fundraising and lack of support by the Republican leadership and IF party darling Trey Greyson doesn’t want to risk his future on a match with either of the Democrats already in the race, Whitfield may feel it’s his time to move to the US Senate. If that is the case, he is positioning himself as a champion of the right with his anti-tax stance and a champion of the poor with money he didn’t approve from the feds and as a champion of pork barrel politics bringing home projects that he didn’t have to take a political risk to obtain.
It looks like a winning for the First District Representative who has stayed out of the limelight during his fifteen years in Washington.