Jim Nintzel over at Tucson Weekly has uncovered a starling bit of hypocrisy. It turns out that Congressional District 8 "Republican" candidate Jesse Kelly has been stumping against federal pork--while he and his father have been bidding on projects funded by federal stimulus money. Ouch.
When he's on the stump, Republican congressional candidate Jesse Kelly doesn't mince words about federal stimulus spending and earmarks.
"It must stop now," says Kelly, who promises to not seek any federal earmarks if he defeats Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in November. "This is bribery with taxpayer money, and it's a disgrace."
Kelly dismisses any notion that federal spending helps the economy.
"Government is not a job-creator," Kelly said last week at a debate with his fellow Republican candidates, including state Sen. Jonathan Paton and political newcomers Brian Miller and Andy Goss. "It is a job-crusher."
But for Don Kelly Construction, the firm where Kelly manages pipeline projects, government funding would appear to create quite a few jobs.
Kelly himself estimates that close to 90 percent of the firm's work comes from government contracts worth tens of millions of dollars. And around the country, the firm—which is owned by Kelly's father, Don Kelly—frequently bids on public-works projects funded by both stimulus dollars and federal earmarks.
So Kelly gets my Hog Caller of the Week Award for his ability to bring home the bacon.
I hope that Jesse doesn't have to face this woman--she really knows how to bring in the pork.