CAPITAL TONIGHT: BALL TO ‘ULTRA-WEALTHY’ CONGRESSWOMAN: ‘THANKS FOR THE (PAYROLL TAX) COAL’

 

    by Liz Benjamin

    Sen. Greg Ball seized on the House GOP’s refusal to pass the Senate’s two-month payroll tax holiday extension bill as yet one more opportunity to slam his local congresswoman, Rep. Nan Hayworth, whom he accused of being “completely out of touch with working families and struggling small businesses.”

    “They had everything they wanted in a deal handed to them with white gloves and a silver platter, yet still found a way to not support this critical tax cut for struggling families,” Ball said of the House Republicans.

    “Let me join the thousands of blue collar families who will be thanking our ultra-wealthy Congresswoman for the coal this Christmas. From a political perspective, I appreciate their efforts to extend these measures for a full year, but a two-month extension is an immediate necessity and one that should not be aborted due to dogma or political ideology.”

    “Along with some of her colleagues, the Congresswoman seems to be completely out of touch with working families and struggling small businesses. Ensuring that blue-collar families can rely on a tax cut in a time when so many families are feeling the ravages of a hemorrhaging economy is the right thing to do regardless of how the politics play out in the next election.”

    “Small business owners and the economy at large rely upon the type of stability that the federal and state government, through intelligent and pragmatic policy, are in the position to provide. It is fundamentally important that voters of all political background, living in swing districts like ours, demand that their representatives in Congress quit the ideologically-driven horseplay, roll up their sleeves and conduct the nation’s business in a way fitting of American families – the same working class families that have been making tough decisions as a fact of life for years.”

    You’ll note that Ball’s statement, sent shortly after noon does not specifically identify Hayworth, but it’s clear who he’s talking about – particularly since this isn’t the first time he has taken aim at the congresswoman.

    It arrived in our inboxes as House Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team made a show of being in Washington willing to negotiate while the Democrat-controlled Senate has gone home for the holidays.

    Hayworth, a freshman Republican who was elected with Tea Party support but has moved to the center since then, has put herself front-and-center in the payroll tax debate, defending Boehner’s about-face and standing just to his right during yesterday’s press conference at which the speaker called on President Obama to bring the Senate back to D.C. (READ MORE)

    Publication date: 
    Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 00:00