Monday, August 07, 2006

From my old Tennessee stomping grounds...


Fudge Report

Millionaire Corker Opposes Minimum Wage...Then Says He Supports It THREE WEEKS LATER

Harold Ford Campaign Release... NASHVILLE -- Three weeks after looking the cameras in the eye during a Republican primary debate and opposing the very existence of the minimum wage, Bob Corker yesterday continued a campaign without character by changing his position 180 degrees in a record three weeks time, now saying he would have voted to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25.

Corker's transparent self-interest on the issue of wages should come as no surprise to the people of Chattanooga; when Corker was mayor of that city he raised his pay at the same time he eliminated cost-of-living raises for city employees, and he continues to take a city pension, despite making $12 million while he was mayor.

Corker still takes a pension from the City of Chattanooga: According to his Personal Financial Disclosure 2005 form that was filed with Secretary of Senate in May [Personal Financial Disclosure 2005 filed with Secretary of Senate]

Corker made $12 million while mayor: According to adjustment gross income figures released by the Corker campaign in April [Corker Release, Corker Releases 29 years of tax information, 04/14/06]

U.S. Senate nominee Harold Ford Jr. issued the following statement today:

"A leader with character doesn't oppose working people in July and claim to be for them in August. I have consistently voted to raise the minimum wage, and I did so last month when Bob Corker opposed me and the 450,000 Tennesseans who deserve a raise.

"Character is standing up for people who have no voice. Character is standing by them all the time--not just to win an election.

"When Tennessee newspapers said Bob Corker's lies during the primary should lead voters to question everything else he would say, this is exactly what they were talking about. You can buy all the false TV ads in the world, but you can't buy character."

"It is an issue of fairness to raise the minimum wage for hard working Tennesseans and Americans. If the people of this great state give me a chance to serve them in the Senate, I will stand up for them everyday and be a leader on the things that matter most."

"A decent wage isn't a Republican idea or a Democratic idea--it's just a good idea. That's what a new generation of leadership is about."


A model Republican! Corker's foot fits in his mouth very well.
Two things you probably won't see anytime soon: Cheap gas and Corker holding office.