So, in order to deflect from John Boehner crying over the evil Democrats’ plan to regulate the helpless ant in Washington that is the major Wall Street financial industries, bank lobbyist Steve Stivers attacked Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy over comments that Speaker Pelosi made about GOP efforts to filibuster unemployment extension.
The Columbus Dispatch’s Daily Briefing covers the Stivers attack, the Kilroy counter-attack, followed by the Stivers surrender.
Here’s the Stivers attack:
The Stivers campaign called on Kilroy, D-Columbus, to defend or disavow comments by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that unemployment checks are the fastest way to create jobs because they induce spending.
“Apparently Steve Stivers thinks we should cut off unemployment to 83,500 Ohioans who are out of work,” Kilroy campaign manager Josh Levin said.
And then Stivers’ statement agreeing with Kilroy and essentially the comments by Pelosi:
UPDATE: Stivers called The Daily Briefing to say that he does support the current extension of unemployment benefits because of the duration of the recession.
Why else would Steve Stivers support extending unemployment unless he, like Pelosi, believes it would be bad for the economy to have that many Americans with no income at all?
In other news, Steve Stivers just distanced himself from House Minority Leader John Boehner, Congressman Pat Tiberi (from the neighboring district), and every other Ohio GOPer who has voted against extending unemployment.
And sided with? Speaker Pelosi and Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy.
How often do you see a politician attack his opponent only to then adopt the very position he was attacking within just a few hours of each other?