Campaign 2010

Jun 28, 2006

Rubberstamp Rick: O’Donnell Remains Silent on GOP Social Security Plan, Lets Campaign Contributions

DCCC Press

Jun 28, 2006

Rubberstamp Rick: O’Donnell Remains Silent on GOP Social Security Plan, Lets Campaign Contributions Do The Talking For Him

O’Donnell Has Taken $5,000 from GOP Point Man on Social Security Privatization But Has Not Come Clean with Colorado Families on Where He Stands on Risky Plan to Cut Benefits

Louisiana Rep. Jim McCrery on the 2007 Agenda: “Looking at the lay of the land politically and substantively, it seems to me the more logical order would be Social Security, then tax reform, then healthcare reform.” [Congress DailyPM, 6/6/06]

Louisiana Rep. Jim McCrery on the Republican intent to bring privatization back: “That's an issue that simply is going to have to wait until after the elections." [Gannett News Service, 6/9/06]

(Washington, D.C.) – With the next FEC filing deadline just three days away, Coloradoans taking a close look at who is funding Republican Rick O’Donnell’s campaign will be surprised to see that O’Donnell has taken $5,000 from Louisiana Rep. Jim McCrery, the point man on the Republican effort to privatize Social Security. Just this month, after speaking before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Social Security Subcommittee Chairman McCrery told reporters that his committee should address Social Security first thing in the next Congress. McCrery and Republican leaders are making it clear that their risky and unpopular scheme to privatize Social Security and cut guaranteed benefits for seniors will be at the top of the legislative docket in 2007. Colorado families and seniors who depend on Social Security every day deserve to know if Rick O’Donnell joins his party leadership in supporting the dangerous privatization scheme.

“When it comes to Social Security privatization, Colorado families deserve to know if Rick O’Donnell will put his mouth where his money is,” said Bill Burton, communications director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “O’Donnell has taken campaign cash from Republican leaders who have made no secret of their plans to reintroduce the privatization scheme next year, yet has not come clean with voters on whether he stands with his party’s leadership or with Colorado families.”