OH-13: Betty Sutton and Richard Trumka’s Pants are en Fuego
In an interview to Human Events, Congressional candidate Tom Ganley said he would cut the dickens out of discretionary spending. So Democrats took that out of context in order to scare old people:
In an effort to fill her own campaign coffers, Sutton has sent fundraising missives to supporters. A fundraising email in early September from her campaign began:
“Dishonest used car dealer Tom Ganley is at it again, and this time he’s going after seniors and veterans. Recently, Ganley said that if elected, he wants to ‘cut the dickens’ out of Social Security, Medicare and Veterans’ benefits.”
Does Ganley want to play Scrooge with popular entitlement programs?
AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka repeated the claim at the Lorain Labor Day Festival, where he and Sutton appeared together.
“And how about Republican candidate Tom Ganley of Akron, who wants Betty Sutton’s job?” Trumka asked the crowd. “He’s the guy with the Mercedes dealership who promises to – and I quote – ‘cut the Dickens’ out of Medicare, Social Security and Veterans’ benefits for average working people.”
PolitiFact Ohio decided to take a look, and contacted Ganley campaign spokesperson, Meghan Snyder, who says it ain’t so. Ganley believes programs like Social Security should be protected and Democrats are twisting his words from an Aug. 29 interview with the conservative news site “Human Events,” she says.
In that interview, Ganley said he wants to freeze all federal spending for at least a year “and then surgically attack it. National defense should be left alone, but everything else should be on the table and studied carefully. So much of the budget is now mandated, that we have to re-open entitlements. All domestic discretionary spending should have the dickens cut out of it.”
Entitlement programs are not “discretionary,” and thus Politifact was quick to say Betty’s “pants are on fire” with this cheap lie.
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