Rep. Marcy Kaptur's campaign responded our The Kaptur Files website by calling it an 'attack website.' Strangely, all the website does is detail the first of over 70,000 pork projects she's voted for over the past 10 years.
They also said it was a 'rush to go negative.' If anyone thinks there is anything negative about The Kaptur Files, it is only her voting record that they are judging.
What is a 'rush to go negative' is the decision of the Kaptur campaign manager to refer to Rich Iott as "Richie." His name is Rich and the people of Ohio's 9th Congressional District deserve more than this juvenile behavior.
But that's not all. In a desperate attempt to deflect attention from the billions of dollars of pork projects that she voted for, the Kaptur campaign tries to tie in every other member of Congress who also voted for the bill, making the argument that because everyone else was doing it, it is somehow 'okay' to spend taxpayers' money this way.
Earmarks are wrong - and it doesn't matter if it's a Republican, a Democrat or an Independent who is voting for them. Rich Iott - and the American people - don't care which party spends their money frivolously - they just want the out-of-control spending to stop.
Fortunately, the current Republican members of Congress have recognized this fact and have pledged not to seek earmarks, calling all of the line-item expenditures "wasteful and corrupting." The Washington Post reported in March:
Calling the earmark process "a symbol of a broken Washington," House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the Republican gambit was a key step in demonstrating fiscal restraint, even if the move doesn't lead to an actual reduction in federal spending.
"Republicans took an important step toward showing the American people we're serious about reform by adopting an immediate, unilateral ban on all earmarks. But the more difficult battle lies ahead, and that's stopping the spending spree in Washington that is saddling our children and grandchildren with trillions of dollars in debt," Boehner said.
Besides, this race is not about how other members of Congress vote - this is about how Marcy Kaptur votes. And all the Iott for Congress campaign is doing is following Rep. Kaptur's own advice from her first campaign in 1982 when she said, ""Ask how my opponent votes, not how many times he comes back to the district to shake hands."