Campaign 2010

Oct 08, 2013

Andrew Walter Backs Right-Wing Shutdown While Wendy Rogers Stays Silent

After a week of silence, Congressional candidate Andrew Walter sided today with the Tea Party radicals who have been cheerleading the shutdown and sent his Twitter followers statements from Senator Mike Lee, a key architect of Republicans’ shutdown strategy.

For her part, candidate Wendy Rogers has refused to let Arizonans know whether she supports the government shutdown, but apparently eight days aren’t enough time for her to come up with an answer. On the biggest issue facing the country today, Rogers is hiding from Arizonans who are demanding a reasonable solution to this crisis.

“It’s hard to say which is worse – Andrew Walter backing this reckless government shutdown or Wendy Rogers refusing to say entirely where she stands,” said Matt Inzeo of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “While Senator John McCain and Arizonans are calling for leadership and for reasonable problem-solving, Andrew Walter and Wendy Rogers are taking the opposite tack; on the biggest challenges we face, Walter stands with the most reckless elements of the Tea Party, while Rogers stays silent.”

BACKGROUND

Walter Praised Tea Party Senator Mike Lee’s Efforts to Shutdown the Federal Government. In a tweet, Walter praised Tea Party Senator Mike Lee’s efforts to shutdown the federal government over the Affordable Care Act. Walter tweeted “Week One of the #shutdown is best argument against gov't controlling more of our lives. #Obamacare.” The tweet included a link to a press release from Senator Mike Lee that attacked President Obama for pledging to veto any government spending bill that defunded or dismantled the Affordable Care Act. [Twitter, 10/08/13]

Arizona Republic: “We Need the Republican Party to Rein in the Madness.” “We need a clean funding bill now. Then we need a debate on the budget unhampered by proxy fights over ‘Obamacare.’ Most of all, we need the Republican Party to rein in the madness. Sen. John McCain tried. He called out the firebrands on the futility of turning a routine funding bill into a proxy for continuing opposition to Obamacare. But the voice of reason failed. Normally level-headed Speaker John Boehner abdicated his role as resident House parent and joined the binge-happy tea drinkers. It’s time to sober up.” [Arizona Republic, 10/01/13]


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