Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Another bogus attack from Marino about abortion

A week ago Tom Marino's campaign sent out a press release that piggybacked on a press release from the National Right to Life Committee that was debunked by and others.

“I am deeply troubled to hear that taxpayer dollars will be used to fund abortions in Pennsylvania. This is only further evidence that the Executive Order that was signed by President Obama, and supported by liberals in Congress like Chris Carney, is a total sham” said Tom Marino, the Republican candidate for Congress in the 10th District."


Q: Will all legal abortions be covered by federally subsidized health insurance policies in state "high-risk pools"?

A: No. The Department of Health and Human Services says the only abortions covered will be those in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is endangered.

That is consistent with the Hyde Amendment

TL: Carney said Marino released his comments out of desperation as Marino shows his true character.

"It’s not what the people of the 10th District deserve,” Carney said. “As every independent fact checker has confirmed, there is a strict prohibition on public funding for abortion. Tom Marino knows this and yet lies anyway. He should be ashamed of this kind of deceptive and misleading attack.”

Yesterday Marino sent out another press release on this issue.

Williamsport, PA One week after it was revealed that federal dollars would be used to pay for abortions in Pennsylvania, Congressman Chris Carney has still refused to sign on as a cosponsor of legislation which would ban Congress from using taxpayer funds for abortion.

HR 5939, sponsored by Congressman Chris Smith (Republican – New Jersey), would codify the pro-life Hyde Amendment. As of this morning, the legislation was cosponsored by 18 Democrats, including 3 from Pennsylvania; Carney was not one of them.

I asked Carney's ace press flack Josh Drobnyk about it and he said he will sign on as a cosponsor when Congress reconvenes after the August recess.

TL: House Resolution 5939 was introduced last Thursday and listed a bipartisan lineup of cosponsors, including U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski, D-Nanticoke, and two other Pennsylvania Democrats.

The reason Carney didn't sign on to it Thursday night when it was introduced was because he was on his way back to PA to be with his wife as she underwent surgery. I'm sure the Marino camp didn't know anything about Jennifer's illness so I'm not going to beat them up about the timing of their latest attack.

Since Marino is just about broke I can't blame him for trying to get all the free media he can on a wedge issue. But I have to ask when are these Republican candidates going to start talking about solutions to our problems instead of trying to reignite the culture wars of the last 40 years ?

Marino has help on the way to help him raise money.

House Minority Leader John Boehner will be in the area August 14th for a fundraiser for Marino according to I don't have the details yet so help me out people. The last time he was in NEPA it was a private affair to support Chris Hackett.


Canteloupe Jack said...

Nobody asked me, but doesn't Boehner look like the Scarecrow from Oz in this photo???

Anonymous said...

that face he's making??? looks like the guy behind him may be raping him

Anonymous said...

Gort, you may want to give a pass to Marino on the issue but he does not deserve it. Does Marino know that the executive order and HR5939 are essentially the same thing? As it stands now the Hyde Amendment needs to be ratified every year and that's why the executive order was necessary, this bill would make Hyde permanent. Clearly, carney supports Hyde. For Marino to imply that Carney does not support the bill is either a lie or it shows his incompetence. Given that fact, he is totally responsible for his insensitivity to the Carney Family's circumstances and his lack of due diligence before he made his statement. If I were releasing such a bold statement I would make sure I had all the facts before doing so. This guy has no character or integrity and he should apologize to the Carney family immediately.

Anonymous said...

Marino has a point in suspecting Carney bonafides on the life issue. He has made many public comments that would call his stance into question - but he has been smart enough to vote the right way - and now it appears co-sponsor the right bill - walk this line.

Bottom line - this issue is a none starter for Marino. Those that deeply care - know Carney cannot be trusted, but that is a small percentage of the population.

Marion should focus on the pocket book issues which have driven the generic ballet to the GOP side.

His campaign team underwhelms - Mike Long at his best.

BTW, didn't Marion's team announce they were going to release their poll result - top line - after Carney refused to release his??? A JV move if I ever heard of one. You always wait to see if you have the result you want before announcing you'll release the numbers!!!!!!!!!! Again, Mike Long is short on ability.

Anonymous said...

Jason Fitzgerald, spokesman for the Marino campaign, offered thoughts and prayers for the congressman’s wife and said that as a two-time cancer survivor himself, Marino fully understands the situation.

But he said the excuse doesn’t hold water with the lack of co-sponsorship. The first memo seeking co-sponsors was circulated July 22 by the office of U.S. Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., said Jeff Sagnip, a spokesman for Smith. Subsequently, two follow-up reminders were sent out to representatives asking for their support by the end of July 29 at the latest. Sagnip said the requests for co-sponsors went out to every member of the House.

Fitzgerald said the fact Carney was in the district to be with his wife Thursday and Friday doesn’t answer the question of why he took no action to make sure his name was on the bill’s co-sponsorship list the entire week prior.

“If he really has such a strong pro-life stance, he would have made sponsorship a priority,” Fitzgerald said. “If it were consistent with his ideology you sign it immediately

Anonymous said...

The excuse?? Are you kidding me?? You think the man is using his wife's breast cancer as an excuse?? What kind of people are you?? I would imagine he had other things on his mind besides signing on to a piece of legislation that was not even introduced yet. If this is how Tom Marino plans on running his campaign then he really has no chance of winning. He is the kind of politician we have been trying to get rid of. He is another hack that will say anything to try to get elected. He should be ashamed of himself for letting his mouthpiece Fitzgerald make such a callous comment.

Unknown said...

The recent flap about Chris Carney not signing on as a sponsor of a bill to prevent taxpayer dollars from being used for abortion is as predictable as it is perturbing. The story goes something like this:

Politician gets elected because previous guy is caught in scandal. Says whatever his audience wants to hear to make them like him.

Politician gets to DC and votes his true feelings when it matters, but votes the way his constituents want when it doesn't.

Politician comes home and touts his (insert universally admired quality here) in mailers paid for by taxpayers. Upstart challenger calls him out on his record, but local press reports flap as more he said/he said.

Incumbent expresses "outrage" at temerity of challenger and lies through his teeth: "The Carney camp and Carney himself have repeatedly said the congressman is pro-life and took umbrage with Marino’s assertions."

Constituents get frustrated because the truth isn't clear and vote for the devil they know. Incumbent gets reelected.

But facts are stubborn things.

Chris Carney is not remotely pro-life in his votes, his outraged rhetoric notwithstanding. But don't take my word for it. Ask the 3 top Pro-Abortion advocacy groups as reported at the non-partisan Project Vote Smart.

Chris Carney was rated 100% by National Abortion Rights Action League, 100% by Planned Parenthood, and 100% by National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association.

When it really mattered, he voted "no" on an amendment to prohibit tax dollars from going for overseas abortions.

Chris Carney is not even remotely pro-life.

Big Dan said...

Has anyone asked Marino if he's against contraception?