Campaign 2010

Jun 19, 2006

All in the Family?: New DCCC Web Ad Unveiled Today Highlights Drake Allegiance to Bush

DCCC Press

Jun 19, 2006

All in the Family?: New DCCC Web Ad Unveiled Today Highlights Drake Allegiance to Bush

“I agree with George W. Bush more than I do my brother and sister and I find that a very natural thing to do…”
– Congresswoman Thelma Drake, 6/17/2006

Thelma Drake agrees with George W. Bush that:

  • Big Oil Should Log Record Profits While Virginians Suffer Skyrocketing Gas Prices. Thelma Drake voted for the GOP Energy Bill, which gives billions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies to the energy companies while doing nothing to bring down gas prices for Virignia families. [Vote #132; HR 6; 4/21/2005; bill passed 249-183]
  • It Should be Harder for Middle Class Virginians to Afford College Tuition for Their Kids. Thelma Drake voted for the Bush budget, which includes massive funding cuts for student aid and student loans. [Vote #158; HCR 376; 5/18/2006; passed 218-210]
  • Ft. Monroe Must Close, Taking 13,000 Hampton Roads Jobs With It. After Fort Monroe was recommended for closure in 2005, Thelma Drake agreed that saving money was what mattered most. "If there are ways we can consolidate and save money, we have an obligation to look at that," Drake said. In 2005, Drake also voted against a measure that would have terminated the Base Realignment and Closure Program and voted against an amendment that would have postponed the expected closure of Ft. Monroe. [Daily Press, 5/25/05; HR 1850, Bradley Amendment, May 18, 2005; HR 1815, Vote #219,]

    View the web ad at: http://www.dccc.org/video/drake_bush3.wmv
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    (Washington, DC) – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee today released a new web ad featuring Congresswoman Thelma Drake proclaiming in Saturday’s debate with Phil Kellam that she agrees with President Bush more often than she agrees with her own family. The ad focuses on what Drake’s loyalty to Bush and her rubber stamp votes in support of his agenda means for Virginians: higher gas prices, unaffordable college tuition and the closure of Ft. Monroe, a vital economic and military hub in Hampton Roads. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Recruitment Chair at the DCCC, held a conference call with reporters today to officially debut the ad.

    "By demonstrating on Saturday that she votes in lock-step with President Bush, Representative Drake confirmed for Virginia families what her rubber-stamp voting record has been saying since she was elected: her priorities come from Washington,” said Congressman Van Hollen. “Virginians deserve a new kind of leadership that will bring their priorities to Washington, not Thelma Drake, who forces Beltway priorities on Hampton Roads.”