Just Say No

January 22, 2014

By:  Rob Jones

I’ve written about Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito before. If you follow the political front in West Virginia, this is a name that you are probably familiar with. What many people don’t realize is how far left the Congresswoman actually is. At one time, I supported Capito and voted for her. I won’t be making that mistake again. The more research that I get into, the more questionable Capito becomes. I was looking for ideas for this column and stumbled on something that I was not aware of. Apparently, the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) announced that it will not be endorsing U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) for U.S. Senate in 2014. Capito is going to make a run for the Senate seat currently held by long time WV Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), who announced his retirement. I, for one, cannot say that I am regretful for his retirement.

The SCF Executive Director, Matt Hoskins, said, “Congresswoman Capito is not someone we can endorse because her spending record in the House is too liberal. If Republicans in West Virginia want to save their country,they need to find another candidate with the courage to say “No” to more spending and debt.” Capito has a pro-government, pro-Washington voting record. Heritage Action for America gave her a dismal 48% conservative score. As an example, Capito voted for the $1 trillion , budget-busting omnibus spending bill, as well as a $2.4 trillion increase in the debt ceiling. Capito has a long history of supporting wasteful earmark spending, union wage mandates, and even taxpayer funding for abortion. SCF Director Hoskins went on to say, “There’s no question that Congresswoman Capito is well-known in the state and is favored by the Washington establishment. They know she won’t rock the boat when it comes to cutting deals with Democrats to spend money we don’t have. If the grassroots in West Virginia recruit a strong, viable challenger, SCF will seriously consider supporting them.

The Senate Conservatives Fund is a multi-candidate political action committee (not a super PAC) that raises small dollar donations for principled candidates for U.S. Senate. In 2010, the SCF helped elect Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Ron Johnson (R-WI). In 2012, the SCF scored all three GOP challenger victories by helping elect Ted Cruz (R-TX), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Deb Fischer (R-NE).

According to the fiscally conservative Club for Growth, U.S. Rep. Capito has an extensive record of anti-growth votes:

  • Has never voted for a conservative Republican Study Committee Budget (RCV #68, 2001; RCV #79, 2003, RCV #90, 2004; RCV #83, 2005; RCV #156, 2006; RCV #211, 2007; RCV #140, 2008; RCV #189, 2009, RCV #275, 2011)
  • Voted for SCHIP, the massive expansion of government-run health insurance five times, including once in 2007 when she was one of just five Republicans to do so. (RCV #787, 2007; RCV #906, 2007; RCV #1009, 2007; RCV #16, 2009; RCV #50, 2009)
  • Voted for “Cash for Clunkers” (RCV #314, 2009; RCV #682, 2009)
  • Voted for the $300 billion bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (RCV #519, 2008)
  • Voted for the Auto Bailout (RCV #690, 2008)
  • Voted for No Child Left Behind (RCV #497, 2001)
  • Voted for the August 2011 deal that raised the debt limit by trillions of dollars (RCV #690, 2011)
  • Repeatedly voted against blocking “Davis-Bacon” wage requirements (RCV #488, 2007; RCV #807, 2007; RCV #15, 2008; RCV #561, 2008; RCV #122, 2009; RCV #144, 2011; RCV #395, 2011; RCV #414, 2011; RCV #585, 2011)
  • Repeatedly voted for wasteful earmark spending like the Bronx Council for the Arts (RCV #335, 2006), an American Ballet Theatre (RCV #668, 2007), an Exploratorium in San Francisco (RCV #664, 2007), an Aquarium in South Carolina (RCV #669, 2007), and Grape genetics research (RCV #810, 2007)
  • Voted for McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform (RCV #34, 2002)

I think that voters, here in the Mountain State, would send a strong conservative leader to the Senate, if they’re given a choice. West Virginia voters, overwhelmingly, rejected President Obama in 2012, voting a whopping 62.3% for Mitt Romney. Republicans have a great chance of picking up Rockefeller’s Senate seat this year, which makes it even more important for us to nominate the strongest, most principled voice that we can. Unfortunately, Rep. Capito is not that voice. West Virginia voters have supported Capito for quite some time and she has squandered her time in the House, by supporting liberal policies, ideas, and bills. Will you feel comfortable sending Capito to the Senate, where she can continue to help further the liberal agenda? I know that I won’t be!!

Let’s take a look at some Conservative Values:

Promote the Dignity of Every Human Life

  • We must respect the dignity of all life from the unborn, the disabled, and the elderly.
  • We must protect the unborn through a constitutional amendment.  As our founders declared, our Creator endowed us with inalienable rights- of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
  • The right to life is the foundational starting point for freedom and the government is obligated to protect it.
  • We must prohibit federal funding for any form of abortion.

Promote Religious Freedom and Civil Society

  • We must support restoring freedom and limited government by repealing President Obama’s policies that prohibit freedom of conscience and religion, such as the HHS mandate, and go back to honoring the principles our Founding Fathers gave us in the First Amendment.
  • We must stand with charitable and faith-based efforts to help neighbors and improve communities.

Nominate and Confirm Constitutionalist Judges and Justices

  • We must confirm judges and justices that respect the Constitution and understand their proper role in a system of limited government.

Promote Educational Opportunity and Empower Parents

  • We must unleash the potential of every child by enabling parents to direct the education of their children toward excellence with expanded high quality educational options at the state, local, and family levels. 
  • We must block grant to the states and localities most federal education dollars and restore higher education loans to private sector competition.

Republicans can do better. Republicans must do better. If Capito wins the open Senate seat or not, her Congressional seat is open. Running for that open Congressional seat, is Charlotte Lane. I wrote an earlier column about Mrs. Lane, entitled “In From The Dark”, on December 9, 2013. (If you missed it, please go back and check it out!) The column covers quite a bit on Mrs. Lane. Charlotte Lane is the strong, principled voice that we need in that Congressional seat. I pledged my support of Mrs. Lane and urge you to do so. West Virginia needs more conservatives and I truly feel that Mrs. Lane is a great start. As I find out more about Mrs. Lane, I’ll write more about her. God Bless You! God Bless West Virginia! God Bless America!


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