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This Looks Familiar…

A press release this morning from the Roth for Congress Campaign.

Appleton— During his first run for Congress in 2006, Steve Kagen claimed he would “ stand up for true Wisconsin values by balancing the federal budget, putting an end to pork, and enacting strict new spending limits to bring down the record deficits we are inheriting.”

What a difference four years make.

“With two terms in office, Steve Kagen has helped push our national debt past the $13 trillion mark, championed hundreds of millions of dollars in pork barrel spending, and continually voted against the will of his constituents on major issues such as health care and cap and trade,” said state Representative Roger Roth, candidate for Congress in Wisconsin’s 8th District.

In the last three months, Steve Kagen has requested $113.7 million in special interest projects and helped add $230 billion to the national debt by ignoring the Democrat’s own Pay-Go standards and voting lock step with Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat Majority in Congress.

“Record debts, special interest projects and dishonest government aren’t ‘true Wisconsin values,’ and they certainly aren’t the values the people of the 8th District expect from their representative.”

State Representative Roger Roth is a lifelong resident of Appleton, Wisconsin. He has an ‘A’ rating from the National Rifle Association, a 100% voting record with Wisconsin Right to Life, is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and participates in his family’s third-generation construction business.

The quote in the opening line, is clearing taken from this post I penned earlier this week.

Listen, I’ll tell the Roth Campaign the same thing I told the Ribble Campaign after they ran with a post I wrote last year regarding Kagen’s Congressional office spending: You can use whatever you want at anytime, but please, credit me or the blog as the source material.  It’s a bit of a pet peeve of mine.

(By the way, that offer is open to all 8th Congressional Republican Candidates, I’m not endorsing anyone, I just want Steve Kagen gone.)

That, or tell Tom Erickson at the NRCC to get off his butt in DC and have them hire me as a Researcher.  Either will work for me.

Pro Bono is not really cutting it anymore after nearly five years of this.  Trust me, I’m not scolding, and I don’t mind being here to help; just a little courtesy would be nice.

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Quote of the Day

From FoxPolitics.net, a businessman who attended a discussion Rep. Steve Kagen, MD (D-Appleton) held last week on the effects of the health care bill on small businesses.  (Reports from Fox 11 on Green Bay show it was not the event Kagen’s ego — or the state AP which just rehashed Kagen’s press release — made it out to be.)

Kagen has crossed the Rubicon. He’s helpless. He’s useless.

Some points from the meeting:

  • “If you are keeping score, it’s Kagen 3, Pelosi 0.” That line drew groans. And laughter from a couple.
  • CBO estimates are accurate according to Rep. Kagen. When pressed he just said, “we didn’t cook the books”. Uh huh. Right.
  • They are creating a marketplace for healthcare. Creating a marketplace? Jeebus.
  • Kept talking about transparency. WOW.
  • People that attended – all 12 of us were very unhappy about the information about the meeting. I found out at 8:30am today and most people found out Friday afternoon. When we asked Craig [Moser, Kagen’s in-state “Constituent Services Director], he said, “It’s in the paper today.” Dumb.
  • The good doctor was 25 minutes late for the meeting.
  • “Your health relies on your neighbor’s health”. He talked of limiting body mass index. I kid you not.

I am objective (or at least try to be) – all I see from this man is arrogance and lies. He has gone from representing the 8th congressional district to just another hack politician who represents the Democratic Party. He has no interest in debate. I don’t even think he believes what he says. Very contentious … once again.

‘Kagen 3, Pelosi 0?’  Note to self: See if I still have that Heller cartoon from 2007.  You know, the one with Kagen sporting the big head.

One thing I keep wondering; especially with the non-stop help the Cap Times seems to be giving Kagen in adoring editorials, Nichols columns, and sudden attacks on Rep. Roger Roth (R-Grand Chute), is when will John Nichols write the one thing everyone who’s watched the 8th CD dynamic for these past five years knows: The only way Steve Kagen wins, is if John Gard is running.

It was easy for Kagen to vilify Gard the past two cycles.  John’s may be a great guy, a good friend, and a wonderful family man, but his political career was a walking cliche.  Hell; I’m half wondering when our side does the same the Left did to Gard to Tom “Call Me Thomas” Nelson.  That guy is just, just…wow…

Kagen won’t have that help this time around.  Oh, he’s trying to turn Roth (through the Cap Times) into this cycle’s Gard for him if you believe the Kagen Campaign blog.  I’m sure he’ll do the same if Reid Ribble or Marc Trager win as well.  It’s the Kagen campaign M.O.; so full of projection and lies you wonder if even the reporters covering it believe them anymore.

(Really need to ask that of the N.E. Wisconsin reporters I communicate with on Twitter about that…)

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Kagen Replies on Rangel

And to say it’s bizarre, is an understatement.  This, is the entire statement.

WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D. released following statement in response to the announcement that Representative Charles Rangel has temporarily stepped down from his post as chairman Ways and Means Committee:

“I’m working hard to bring jobs back to Wisconsin and responsibility back to Washington, and if that means leadership in the House of Representatives must change – so be it.”


On the other front I have going related to the Kagen-Rangel money angle, I’ve only seen a press release out from the Roger Roth campaign related to the Rangel money and Kagen.

However, after Kagen’s bizzare statement listed above, the Roth campaign issued a second statement. Here it is from an email I received from the campaign.

Roth: Yes or no please

In response to calls for him to return the campaign contributions from Congressman Charlie Rangel, Congressman Steve Kagen issued the following response:   “I’m working hard to bring jobs back to Wisconsin and responsibility back to Washington, and if that means leadership in the House of Representatives must change – so be it.”

Congressman Kagen does not address the campaign contributions nor does he say if he believes Rangel should remain as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.  In response to Kagen’s statement, State Representative Roger Roth, who previously called on Kagen to return donations from Rangel, issued the following statement:

“Congressman Kagen’s non-response to calls to return the $21,000 he’s received from scandal-plagued Congressman Charlie Rangel is exactly why people in Northeast Wisconsin are so frustrated with Kagen and all of Washington.  People are hungry for straight talk and honest answers, and they are sick and tired of politics as usual.  They are tired of politicians like Steve Kagen saying he’s working to reduce government spending the same time he votes to increase the national debt to a record high.  They are tired of politicians like Steve Kagen saying he wants to reform Washington but voting for special-interest earmarks.  They are tired of politicians like Steve Kagen who can’t even answer a simple question.”

“Elect me as your congressman and I can’t promise you’ll always agree with me, but I can promise you’ll know where I stand and my door will always be open.”

“Congressman Kagen should tell us if he plans on keeping Rangel’s contributions and he should tell us if he thinks Rangel should be permanently stripped of his chairmanship of the most powerful committee in Congress.  A simple yes or no answer would suffice.”

The talk up in Packerland was that if they got their heads in the game, the Roth Campaign could be formidable. It is starting to look that way.

UPDATE: The Gannett Wisconsin newspaper report that a later statement by Kagen makes it clear he’s not giving a dime back.  They then reach a bunch of liberal or George Soros-financed (in the case of CREW) so-called “Good Government Groups” for a ruling on the what’s ethical in terms of Rangel donations.

Knowing these groups stances in the past, it’s hard not to laugh at their response.

In a brief statement issued Wednesday, Kagen suggested he has no intention of returning the contributions.

“No amount of money will ever be able to affect my vote, for I only have the best interests of my patients and my constituents in mind,” Kagen said.

The list of Democrats returning Rangel’s money continues to grow, with at least 17 having done so as of Wednesday, according to news reports. [Kevin – I’ve seen NRCC Communications Ken Spain on Twitter say it’s around $353,000 as of tonight at 7 PM ET.]

But campaign finance and ethics experts say they see no reason for Democrats to return the contributions.

“If members want to return Rangel’s money to distance themselves from him, that is one thing. But we don’t think that Rangel’s contributions to other members are ‘tainted’ in any way,” said Mary Boyle, spokeswoman for Common Cause, a campaign finance and ethics watchdog group. “There are no allegations or evidence suggesting that Rangel came by his campaign war chest in unethical ways.”

Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said that unless the money donated by Rangel’s committees came from ill-gotten gains, there’s no ethical lapse in keeping it. She suggested Republicans are trying to use the contributions for political gain in an election year.

“The money thing is kind of silly, really,” she said.

Funny, I don’t recall these groups ever saying anything similar to Republicans in 2006 about donations from Tom DeLay, Bob Ney, or Mark Foley.

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And Roth Makes Seven…

I’ve been asked by some people to write down my thoughts on the WI-08 GOP Primary, but I won’t for a while.  First off is I don’t know if this is all the candidates we are going to see yet. Rumors about a possible candidacy by former Green Bay Mayor (and current Green Bay Chamber of Commerce President) Paul Jadin may get in and I’d like to hold off until January to see if that happens for a number of reasons.

The first is what will Jadin name the growth from his ass that will be Guy Zima if he were to run.  Zima’s a bulldog of a city alderman in Green Bay and the lead voice in trying to nail Jadin for responsibility in the debacle which is/was the City of Green Bay’s deal with Younkers.  Secondly, I just want to hear what “The Recess Supervisor” thinks of this new addition to the race, especially when I have it on good authority that a certain budget analyst at the Heritage Foundation was going to run in WI-08 if Roth didn’t.  Seems the two of them are friends or something…

Anyway, welcome to a crowded primary Assemblyman Roger Roth.

State Rep. Roger Roth, a Republican from Appleton, has sent out a fundraising appeal announcing his intention to seek the GOP nomination to take on U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen in the 8th CD.

Under a header that reads “Roger Roth for Congress,” the letter blasts Democrats for taking the United States down the wrong path.

“In 2010 we will decide if our nation can be preserved as a beacon of hope to the world or if it will continue on a certain path toward socialism and economic stagnation,” Roth says in the letter.

“Our founding fathers were wise. They were faithful in giving to us a political and economic system that has become the envy of the world. Today this system is under a great attack from within.

“This attack comes from the liberal elite who believe that spending and wasting massive amounts of money while going ever deeper in debt is the answer to every problem. You and I know that we are in serious trouble. Borrowing, taxing and incessant spending is only digging a deeper economic hole.”

Roth is in his second term in the Assembly. A member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard, he recently returned from a mission to Iraq.

The Federal Elections Commission said Thursday it hadn’t yet received a registration statement from Roth

Roth joins a crowded GOP primary field which includes former state Rep. Terri McCormick, who Roth succeeded in the Assembly.

Roth has also set up a Web site for his congressional run at www.rothforcongress.com/

On a short-term matter, this announcement probably helps Roofing Company Owner Reid Ribble the most.  With Roth in, he takes away “The Establishment Candidate label” (if such a label exists in a seven-way primary) from Ribble and takes the pressure of the bulls-eye off him and onto Roth now since many people — myself included — likely view Roth as the first “real choice” to enter the race.

Best of luck to all candidates in the coming year.

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