Campaign 2010

Feb 19, 2014

Matt Doheny Doubles Down In Race to the Far Right

As if Tea Party Congressman Paul Ryan’s protégé Elise Stefanik wasn’t enough, a second reliable right wing rubberstamp Matt Doheny is joining the race to the far right.  Matt Doheny doubled down on his mission to end the Medicare guarantee today, announcing that he will continue his crusade to impose his out of touch agenda on the North Country.   

“The far right wing has gotten so desperate they are now doubling down with failed candidate Matt Doheny,” said Marc Brumer of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “As if Tea Party Congressman Paul Ryan’s protégé Elise Stefanik wasn’t enough there are now not one, but two reliable rubberstamps running in what is certain to be a race to the far right.  Voters rejected Matt Doheny and all of his antics in 2012, and now that he’s spent over a year in hiding he will once again attempt to force his out of touch agenda on North Country families.”    

BACKGROUND:

Doheny “Commend[ed]” Paul Ryan’s FY 2013 Budget. In 2012, Doheny released a statement that “commed[ed]” Paul Ryan’s budget for “creating a blueprint for how America can return to the path of prosperity.” [NorthCountryNow.com, 3/29/12]

…But Would Have Voted Against it Because It Doesn’t Cut Enough. In 2012, Doheny said “I would be a ‘no’ vote on the Ryan budget if I were casting a vote in the House of Representatives today,” because “it doesn’t produce a balanced budget for decades.” [NorthCountryNow.com, 3/29/12]

Ryan Said His “Friend” Elise Stefanik Had His “Full Support.” “My friend @EliseStefanik represents a new generation of leaders who will bring fresh ideas to Washington. She has my full support.” [Paul Ryan Twitter, 1/14/14]

Stefanik Served as Policy Director of Republican National Convention Platform Committee in 2012. In July 2012, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus announced Elise Stefanik as the Policy Director of the 2012 Republican National Convention’s Platform Committee. [PR Newswire, 7/02/12]

  • 2012 Republican Platform Included Call to Turn Medicare Into a Voucher Program. In August 2009, the New York Times reported that the 2012 Republican platform included a “call to reshape Medicare to give fixed amounts of money to future beneficiaries so they can buy their own coverage.” [New York Times8/29/12]

Ryan Budget Would Cut Medicare Spending by $356 Billion and Would Make Medicare “Look Unrecognizable.” In 2013, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said that the Ryan budget would cut Medicare by $356 billion over ten years. The National Journal explained that, “…for those younger than age 55, Medicare could look unrecognizable: People receive a fixed sum of money from the federal government to buy health insurance in their old age, regardless of the way inflation has caused health care costs to increase.” The bill passed, 221-207. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/13/12; National Journal, 3/10/13]

Ryan Budget Would Raise Taxes on Middle Class Families by Nearly $1,400. “[T]he typical household making more than $1 million will see their taxes fall by more than $286,000 under Ryan’s budget.  However, eliminating these tax expenditures would increase the tax burden facing middle-class workers:  a household making between $50,000 and $100,000 would face a tax increase of at least $1,358.” [Joint Economic Committee Press Release, 6/20/12]

Ryan Budget Would Add $3.1 Trillion to Deficit. Under the Ryan budget, $3.127 trillion would be added to the deficit, assuming “current laws generally remain unchanged,” the Congressional Budget Office reported. [The Hill, 3/20/12]


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