Campaign 2010

Oct 19, 2012

National Republicans and Congresswoman Biggert: Tall on Lies But Short on Proof

National Republicans admitted today that they have no proof to back up charges in their TV attack ad against Congressman Bill Foster so bogus that multiple Chicago stations won’t even run it. Instead of launching baseless smears, perhaps National Republicans should work on propping up Congresswoman Biggert who seems to have lost track of facts as well. Today, Congresswoman Biggert, the richest member of the Illinois delegation, claimed she’s not a millionaire. Earlier, Congresswoman Biggert vilified AARP, the largest seniors’ nonprofit organization in the country, as partisan and unfair just to get out of facing tough questions about her record destroying Medicare.

 

“National Republicans and Congresswoman Biggert are up a creek trying to distract away from Biggert’s 30 years in politics putting herself before everyone else,” said Haley Morris of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “If Illinois families need any roof that Congresswoman Biggert has become part of the problem, they should look no further than Biggert demonizing AARP rather than defending her record ending the Medicare guarantee and hiking health care costs on seniors.”

 

Background

 

National Republicans Admitted Their Attacked Ad Lacked Proof.  In October 2012, National Republicans admitted that their ad targeting Bill Foster lacks proof.  The spot alleges that Mr. Foster, as a congressman and member of the House Financial Services Committee in 2008, attended a "closed door meeting" and then cashed out his stock investments the next day.  NRCC spokesman Katie Prill says she has “no proof” Foster attended the meeting. "If Mr. Foster wants to say he wasn't at that meeting, he needs to show proof," Prill said. [Crain’s Chicago Business, 10/19/12]

 

Biggert Pulled Out of Debate; Accused AARP of Bias.  In October 2012, Biggert pulled out of a scheduled debate sponsored by the AARP “citing the organization’s inability to ‘act as a neutral arbiter.’” [Fox Chicago, 10/10/12]

 

Biggert Claimed She is Not a Millionaire.  In October 2012, Biggert claimed she was not a millionaire. "But I’m not… Certainly the salary from being a member of Congress would not make me a millionaire," said Biggert.  “We have investments, and that's good. You have to plan for retirement." Biggert's financial disclosure form shows that she and her husband, Rody Biggert, a retired attorney, have assets worth $1.9 million to $5.3 million. [Chicago Tribune, 10/19/12]

 

Voted for Ryan Budget that Would End Medicare. Biggert voted for Ryan’s FY 2013 budget that would end Medicare’s guaranteed benefit and protect $40 billion in tax breaks for big oil. It would provide people earning more than $1 million a year with an average tax cut of $265,000, but middle class families could see their taxes go up by one thousand four hundred dollars. [H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/27/12Joint Economic Committee6/20/12]

 

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