TEA Partiers Don’t Buy Jon Husted’s Newfound Conservatism
Chris Littleton of the Ohio Liberty Council, a major TEA Party organizing group, unloads on Secretary of State candidate Jon Husted in Lyndsey Teter’s article in The (Columbus) Other Paper:
[I]f Husted is counting on appealing to the state’s most conservative base, it isn’t working.
“It’s laughable,” said Ohio Liberty’s Littleton.
Even the least discerning Tea Party activists know Husted is not the flag-waving patriot that the 15-second ad conveys. And when it comes to Tea Party values, Husted has zero street cred, Littleton said.
When asked for specific aspects of Husted’s record that were troublesome, Littleton pointed to Husted’s recent support of the Third Frontier program that Tea Party conservatives consider to be “corporate welfare and gross redistribution of wealth,” said Littleton, who went on to more broadly paint Husted as an establishment candidate.
“It’s been said that all Republican values are Tea Party values, but I’d say that’s not true,” he said. “Taft, Voinovich and the Republicans who dominated the state in the last 20 years destroyed the Ohio economy.”
“Conservative activists are smart enough to realize that Husted was around for 10 of those years,” Littleton said.
Littleton hits on a key point there with the Third Frontier. It isn’t just Husted “recently” supported the Third Frontier, but instead it was Husted who helped conceive of the Third Frontier for fund raising purposes… and then after voters rejected it, he helped revived it by unconstitutionally tying it to a ballot issue for infrastructure improvements.
Without Husted, there would be no Third Frontier and we wouldn’t have a corporate welfare program which also violates Ohio’s 5% limitation on debt.
And it is this sort of stuff which leads conservatives like me to be skeptical about Husted. Even when he is vocal and correct on conservative issues- such as school choice- I get the feeling he’s far more interested in campaign donations from White Hat than from liberating students from the horrors of public schools.
Read the rest of Teter’s article here. It is especially fun to have Husted attempt to prove his conservative bona fides by talking about his legislative cap on state spending, which was added to the end of tobacco legislation in 2006, which was the establishments way of tabling Ken Blackwell’s TEL Amendment. Not only is such a limitation easily ignored, but it doesn’t include anything expenditures outside of the General Revenue Fund. But considering Husted’s is a champion of the Third Frontier, legal limits on spending and debt don’t really matter to him anyway.
In the end, Husted will likely win his primary and conservatives should vote for him because of the apportionment board and he is politically savvy enough to issue directives which won’t be beneficial to Democrats. But that doesn’t mean we can’t laugh hysterically at his stupid Gadsden flag ads.
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