Back in August, The Hill reported incumbent Congressman Ellsworth hadn’t asked the Administration for help in his Senate campaign. Today, that will all change when Congressman Ellsworth runs to Washington, D.C., for a last minute campaign event with Vice President Joe ‘Summer of Recovery’ Biden to add cash from lobbyists representing special interests to his already record breaking coffers. (ICYMI: Click here to see the new Dan Coats for Indiana web video on Ellsworth’s embrace of special interest money.)
That ‘Summer of Recovery’ hasn’t panned out as the Vice President and Congressman Ellsworth promised.
On June 2, 2010, Charlie Rose asked Vice President Biden how he would “assess the success of the stimulus program in creating jobs first or in preventing more job loss?” The Vice President went on to declare the stimulus “an absolute success” and claimed he was “right” in his created jobs predictions. (Note: He was only 5.2 million jobs off.)
Channeling his inner-Biden, Congressman Ellsworth claimed the stimulus would “save or create an estimated 75,000 jobs in Indiana alone.” (Mark Bennett, “Ellsworth Votes ‘Yes’ on Stimulus Bill.” The (Terre Haute, IN) Tribune Star, 2/13/09.)
Department of Labor data released on September 21, 2010, tells the real story. Indiana has a net job loss of 34,100 jobs. Hoosiers are experiencing a 109,100 job deficit based on the Obama-Biden-Pelosi agenda Congressman Ellsworth voted for on February 13, 2009.
When they are together in Washington DC today, Congressman Ellsworth and the Vice President might want to spend more time looking for the jobs they promised Hoosiers instead of lining their pockets with special interest money.
[Disclosure: Pete Seat is the Communications Director for the Coats for Senate campaign.]