Campaign 2010

Jul 15, 2008

KELLER FLIP-FLOP #2: Ric Keller Was For Term Limits, Before He Was Against Them (and Elected)

In the spirit of flip-flop season the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will release one Ric Keller Flip-Flop every day this week.  In November, Ric Keller will have to answer for his flip flopping record to Central Florida's voters

Washington's political atmosphere must be getting to Representative Ric Keller.  In 2000, Keller signed a term-limit pledge and ran on the campaign promise that he would only stay 4 terms.  Now that he has been in Congress eight years, Keller has turned his back on his promise.

"Ric Keller is a rubberstamp for President Bush and special interests, opposing children's heath care and standing up for Big Oil, so it's clear he is well on his way to becoming the ‘career politician' he warned against in 2000," said  Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman Kyra Jennings. "Lucky for Ric Keller, the voters of Central Florida can help him keep his word to only serve four terms this November."

FLIP - Keller Pledged an Eight Year Term-Limit Before He's Elected

  • In 2000, Keller signed a term-limit pledge stating that he would only stay in Congress eight years if elected.
    • Keller said: "We need people who are there for the right reasons, not people who are there to see how long they can stay there."
    • Keller supports a constitutional change, saying that "career politicians" unfairly use their close ties with lobbyists and special-interest groups to fund re-election campaigns. But Keller realizes that such a change is unlikely. "I certainly will vote for it," he said. "But I certainly don't have any prayer that it will pass." [Foes Agree to Limit Time Spent in House, Orlando Sentinel, 9/19/00]

 

  • According to Keller's campaign finance records, he accepted a $15,000 contribution from the term limit interest group Term Limits America in 2000 after making his original promise.
    • The contribution was the second-largest single contribution in Keller's congressional career.  The group donated $500 in 2002 as well.  [CQ Moneyline, moneyline.cq.com, accessed 8/25/07]

 

 

FLOP - Keller Reneges on Pledge, Runs for a Fifth Term

  • Shortly after Election Day 2006, Keller announced his plans to seek a fifth term, breaking a pledge he made in 2000 during his first run for Congress.
    • "When I first ran for Congress in 2000, I said I would serve just four terms. I meant it when I said it. I don't like making mistakes, but I admit that was a big one. As a rookie candidate, I underestimated the value of experience and seniority," Keller said in a statement. "I will not spend my entire career in Congress, but I will seek re-election in 2008."  [Roll Call, 11/27/06]