Campaign 2010

Oct 09, 2013

Republican Bob Dold Puts Tea Party Ahead of Economy, Again

Despite polls showing the vast majority of Americans are opposed to the Republicans shutting down the government over Obamacare, former Republican Congressman Bob Dold endorsed the Tea Party’s campaign to put ideology ahead of our economic recovery.

In a statement to the press, Republican Bob Dold criticized Congressman Brad Schneider’s vote opposing the irresponsible and reckless Tea Party shutdown.

“After voters last year rejected Republican Bob Dold for reliably voting with the Tea Party, it’s shocking to see that he is still willing to champion the sinking ship of this Republican shutdown,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee “I guess it’s true that leopards don’t change their spots.”  

Background:

Dold Said Tea Party had a “Great Voice.” In 2010, during a television appearance on WFLD’s Fox Chicago Sunday, Dold praised the Tea Party movement and noted that he agreed with their issues. “The Tea Party has a great voice out there,” he said.  [WFLD Fox interview, 2/19/10; 10th District Advocate Blog, 3/08/10]

Congressman Dold Voted With Tea Party to Defund Planned Parenthood. On February 19, 2011, Congressman Dold voted for a bill that would have “reinstated the D.C. abortion ban, eliminated the Title X family-planning program, defunded Planned Parenthood, reinstated the global gag rule, and eliminated funding for the United Nations Population Fund.” [HR 1, Vote #147, 2/19/11; NARAL’s Congressional Record on Choice, 2011]

Congressman Dold Voted With The Tea Party to End Medicare, Protect Millionaires and Big Oil. On March 29, 2012, Congressman Dold supported a Republican budget that would end Medicare’s guaranteed benefit, protect $40 billion in tax breaks for big oil, and provide people earning more than $1 million a year with an average tax cut of $394,000. [H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12; New York Times Editorial, 3/20/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/27/12; see also: Tax Policy Center, Table T12-0078 and T10-0132]