Tuesday, January 19, 2010

McHenry's Other Republican Primary Challenger

Scott Keadle, a dentist and first-term Iredell County Commissioner, is the other major Republican challenger to incumbent Republican Congressman Patty McHenry (at least, so far as we've heard).

Keadle gave an interview to Larry Clark in the Hickory Daily Record (published this a.m.), and he's positioning himself as critical of both major parties:
"Neither [Democrats nor Republicans] did anything about the budget. Neither group did anything to stop subprime lending that wrecked banking and hurt the economy. Neither party has done anything about illegal immigration. And neither one has lived up to the ethical and moral standards of the people. They're a perpetual embarrassment. All I've heard is talk, no matter which party is in control."

The issue is McHenry's incumbency: "I'm tired of hearing bad ideas from Democrats and excuses from Republicans. We don't need career politicians who care more about themselves than the people they are supposed to serve."

If incumbency is a negative for Patrick McHenry, it's also a negative for Virginia Foxx. A partisan hack who loves the limelight thrown off by the likes of Michele Bachmann ain't no bargain for the unemployed and uninsured people of the 5th District. What Keadle says about McHenry applies just as much to our own Bobblehead.


Max said...

"Neither [Democrats nor Republicans] did anything about the budget* Dentist

No doubt he will fiqure out sometime in the future he is in the wrong party like most tea baggers when face with political reality?

Min said...


C said...

<span><span>Washington, Mar 4 - <span>Today, the office of Congressman Patrick McHenry announced that the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) has honored the Congressman with its 2009 Taxpayers’ Friend Award for his support for reducing spending and opposing higher taxes.  McHenry has earned this award every year he has served in Congress.</span></span></span>


<span><span>"Despite a few encouraging trends, the results from NTU's Rating vividly demonstrate why 2009 was such a fiscal disaster," said NTU President Duane Parde. "For every Member of Congress doing his or her best to relieve overburdened taxpayers, five other lawmakers were doing their worst." </span></span>

<span><span>“Now more than ever, Americans need Washington to lessen the burden of taxes and promote investment and growth.  It is foolish to think that we can simply tax, spend and borrow our way back to prosperity.  Real growth will come from small businesses investing and creating jobs, which will continue rebuilding the economy of Western North Carolina,” stated Congressman McHenry.</span></span>

<span><span>Every year, the National Taxpayers Union rates U.S. Representatives and Senators on every vote that affects taxes, spending, and debt.  Each vote is weighted based on its effect on federal spending.  In 2009, Congressman McHenry earned an “A” grade, making him one of 55 lawmakers in the House and Senate eligible for the award.</span></span>