Coming into office Mr. Kissell rode a wave into Washington on the surfboard of ‘change’ proclaiming to the world and his goat named CAFTA that he would be different than his predecessor , who he’d lost to previously while buying gas for votes.
His first order of business was to latch on to many of the pieces of legislation that were already being championed by Republican Congressman Robin Hayes, then reported them to the district as though he were the sole proprietor of those mandates and oftentimes used his name to label them.
This tactic led the media to report on the ‘Kissell Amendment’ instead of doing reports that clarified this was part of another piece of legislation already in place called the ‘Berry Amendment’ that Congressman Hayes had led the fight for and only existed because of his hard work and dedication to the military families of this country. The submission from Kissell changed nothing of substance to that legislation.
Then came the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 supported by Kissell that added trillions in new debt to the national debt at a time when the country could least afford to owe China even more of our hard earned money, especially considering he had campaigned against doing that very thing!
Americans were told this extra spending would lead to thousands of ‘shovel ready’ jobs in areas that most needed them. Now that the unemployment rate has crossed the 10 percent mark nationally and is even higher in Richmond County it doesn’t look as though all that debt passed down to our grandchildren was worth one red communist China cent.
According to the interactive map generated by the White House Kissell helped bring $1.7 million to Richmond County divided among the Richmond County School District, RCC, the cities of Rockingham and Hamlet, Village Green Apartments, Stogner Architecture, and the Hamlet Housing Authority.
How many jobs were supposedly created or saved for all those millions? Ten and a 1/4 obs! Not really sure how you have a quarter of a job, but that’s the math coming from Washington today and I doubt that ‘shady math’ means much to the folks at Rexam and other businesses in the county who don’t have a job that was created or saved!
Thanks to Kissell and his liberal Democrat brethren, they have helped increase the national debt since the inauguration by $1,673,286,199,132 dollars according to the debt watch and Democrats aren’t done. Moving toward an apparent socialist takeover of the American government the Democrat controlled Congress has focused on government control of healthcare.
As Nancy Pelosi called on her fellow Democrats, they locked Republicans out of the healthcare discussion, effectively eliminating all their suggestions for reform. Then the final bill created entirely by Democrats came to the floor and Larry Kissell found he couldn’t bring himself to vote for the legislation because, he said, it would take millions of dollars of funding from Medicare.
“I promised to protect seniors and not vote to cut Medicare, and I’m going to keep that promise,” Kissell said. Mr. Sumpter thinks voting against his fellow Democrat’s cuts to Medicare through the healthcare legislation will endear him to district voters in November since 52% of the district is against the legislation.
In contrast, the fund-raising group for Democrat candidates, Act Blue, started calling for Kissell to return the more than $400,000 they had raised for him because of his ‘no’ vote, which in all reality meant nothing because Democrats had more than enough votes to pass the hated legislation without him, something he thinks he can use to his advantage. Think again.
“As much attention as Larry Kissell’s no vote on health care has gotten from the media and political insiders, our recent poll in his district found that just 29% of his constituents could correctly identify how he voted on the matter. 44% thought he voted for it and 28% were unsure,” stated Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling.
It’s a blue dog conundrum, did he vote for it before he voted against it or did he vote against it before he voted for it? Apparently most of the folks aren’t even sure if he even exists! The Democratic Party actually entertained the idea of running a Democrat candidate against him in the primaries!
Referring to that same polling group, Sumpter wrote, “He leads his prospective Republican opponents by 14 percent or more,” that included a choice between Democrat Kissell and a generic Republican… that’s right, a Republican, ANY Republican can get 39 percent of the vote today without doing anything, plus the poll was made up of 53 percent self-described Democrats.
What does all that mean?
It means absolutely nothing. The primaries aren’t until May 2010. By that election, most of the folks who vote regularly will know the name of the Republican representative and what he stands for and the Conservatives of this county and district will realize the opportunity to have a true Conservative representative in Washington, in lieu of the liberal hiding behind the “blue dog” moniker who represents us today.
That giant sucking sound Congressman Kissell and his liberal Democrat buddies in Washington are beginning to hear is being created by voters who have decided it’s time to remove those representatives who were elected because they had a “D” next to their names on the ballot and have realized even blue dogs have to vote with Republicans if they are going to truly protect the American people.
Lee P. Butler is Chairman for the Richmond County GOP.