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Factchecking Coons

26 Sep

Coons just released a new campaign ad making some interesting claims.  How about we do a little fact-checking of our own, shall we?

  • Chris Coons only offers more of the same: The ad claims Coons has a plan to change Washington. I think someone forgot to give Coons the memo about the plan:

CHRIS COONS: “I Think We Need A Democrat Who’s Going To Stand With Our President And Our Vice-President.” (Chris Coons, Remarks At Corner Eatery, Dover, DE, May 12, 2010)

COONS: “I’m Someone Who Would Broadly Support The Agenda Of Our President. … Somebody who is willing to work in responsible partnership with an administration that I think made the right choice on health care, on the stimulus, on the jobs bill.” (Chris Coons, Remarks At Newark Free Library, Newark, DE,  May 10, 2010)

  • Coons hired lobbyists that would have violated his original lobbyist ban proposal: The ad claims Coons will propose a plan to prohibit senators from ever becoming lobbyists:

Coons’ Original Plan Would Have Also Barred Senior Staff For Lobbying For Five Years. “Coons proposed a lifetime ban on members of the Senate from lobbying their former colleagues, and support for a 5 year lobbying ban on senior Senate staff.” (Chris Coons, “Delaware US Senate Candidate Chris Coons Proposes Lifetime Ban on Senator Turned Lobbyists,” Press Release, August 13, 2010)

“In His Role As County Executive, Coons Hired Johnson, Madigan (Later Peck, Madigan) To Lobby For The County. Several Of The Principals At The Lobbying Firm Worked Immediately Prior As Senior Staffers.” (Ginger Gibson, “Castle Campaign Criticizes Coons For Lobbying Position, Payments,” The News Journal’s Dialogue Delaware Blog, August 17, 2010)

  • Coons Accepted Campaign Donations From Lobbyists Working For The County: Even though the Coons ads wants you to think he is on a crusade against lobbyists, the deep pockets he has been shaking down tell a different story:

Jonathon Jones, A Partner At Peck, Madigan, And Tom Carper’s Former Chief Of Staff, Has Donated At Least $2,400 To Chris Coons’ Senate Campaign. (Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed August 11, 2010; Federal Election Commission, www.fec.gov, Accessed September 26, 2010)

Jones Joined The Johnson, Madigan/Peck, Madigan Firm In 2006, The Same Year He Ended His Stint As Carper’s Chief Of Staff. (Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed August 11, 2010)

Coons Has Received At Least $3,000 From Lobbyists. (Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed September 26, 2010)

  • Coons Would Vote For Harry Reid To Serve Another Term As Leader of the Senate: The ad makes a bold statement, “If we don’t have a Congress that works for us, we ought to make a change.”  That sounds GREAT…but Coons’ own mouth directly contradicts any hope of change he wants you to believe he stands for.

COONS: “My First Vote Would Be For Harry Reid To Be The Leader, And To Support, In General, The Administration’s Agenda.” (Chris Coons, Remarks At Candidate Forum, Wilmington, DE, May 17, 2010)

  • Coons Is Bought and Paid for By the Old Democrat Leadership: While the ad suggests Coons will “move in a new direction” and “the people we send to Washington are still part of Delaware,” is is painfully obvious where Coons’ loyalties actually lie:

Coons Has Received At Least $162,900 From Senate Democrats’ PACs, Including $10,000 From Harry Reid’s Searchlight Leadership Fund. (CQ MoneyLine, www.cqmoneyline.com, Accessed September 26, 2010)

Harry Reid Called Coons His Favorite Candidate, And His “Pet.” “‘I’m going to be very honest with you — Chris Coons, everybody knows him in the Democratic caucus. He’s my pet. He’s my favorite candidate,’ Reid said.” (J. Taylor Rushing, “Reid: Coons, ‘My Pet,’ Will Win,” The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room, September 15, 2010)

“A” for effort, but this is one campaign ad that just won’t fly.

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Like the Downward Spiral DC Statists are Dragging America? Then Vote Coons!

26 Sep

The Obama-Reid team quadrupled our debt and wrecked or economy. As Senator, Coons would ensure more of the same: