NY GOP: Kathy Hochul No Profile in Courage

August 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm (Balanced Budget, Chris Collins, Constitution, Contraception, Kathy Hochul, Kirsten Gillibrand, Medicare, Nancy Pelosi, New York, NY GOP, NY-26, Obamacare, President Obama, Tax Code, Tough Choices)

Kathy Hochul (D-NY) is running for reelection in New York’s 26th congressional district.  In her first ad this season called “Tough Choices”, Hochul claims that Washington is broken because, unlike her, they aren’t willing to make those tough choices.

“Washington extremists, Super PACs, and specials interest groups are already planning their own negative television commercials to distort my record, and we need to have the resources to fight back,” Hochul said in an email appeal for donations that accompanies a clip of the ad, which began airing in the WNY where she faces a neck-and-neck race with Republican Chris Collins — and a reported onslaught of NRCC cash to bolster his challenge.

The NY GOP however, is out with a statement questioning exactly how tough is it to be a rubber stamp for the Obama/Pelosi agenda. 

Kathy Hochul’s claims of bipartisanship and ‘bucking her own party’ would be admirable, if they didn’t require the willing suspension of disbelief. 

Congresswoman Hochul’s new ad touting her “tough choices,” by voting for the balanced budget amendment and for cutting foreign aid to Pakistan are nothing more than window dressing.  

If she was serious about addressing these issues in a bipartisan manner, Congresswoman Hochul would be calling on Senator Gillibrand and her colleagues in the Democrat controlled Senate to pass the balanced budget amendment, reign in out-of-control Government spending, and reduced the tax and regulatory burdens facing our job creators and small business owners.

Like we said, it would require the willing suspension of disbelief. 

Since going to Washington in 2011, Kathy Hochul has been a consistent rubberstamp for the Obama-Pelosi agenda, voting six times against a repeal of Obamacare, which continues to raise taxes on the middle class, raids $741 Billion from Medicare – leaving our seniors at risk – and has led to trillion dollar budget deficits. 

New Yorkers deserve better, and come November, voters in the 27th Congressional District will elect Chris Collins, a proven job creator and government reformer who will balance our budget, grow our economy, and reform our tax code.

Hochul is most famous on this blog because of a very telling moment at a townhall meeting in February. Hochul, in the following video, explained that she wasn’t concerned about the constitutionality of the HHS contraception mandate because “we’re not looking at the Constitution”.

Would it be too much to ask if we started making the “tough choice” to actually start looking at the Constitution?

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Video: Dem Rep On Contraception Mandate, "We’re Not Looking at the Constitution"

February 28, 2012 at 8:28 am (Abortion, Catholic Church, Constitution, Contraception, Democrats, Freedom, HHS Mandate, Kathy Hochul, New York, NY-26, Religious Freedom, Sterilization)

Politicians hadn’t been looking at the Constitution for some time, until the Tea Party came along, and even then the Democrats have continued to willfully ignore it.

Via Hot Air (h/t Brian):

This moment in constitutional cluelessness comes to us from the same townhall meeting Rep. Kathy Hochul held with her NY-26 constituents that we featured on Saturday.  The local media missed this moment in their report, however, and it was even more telling than the chorus of boos that greeted Hochul when she attempted to defend the HHS mandate on contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients.  When challenged by a reader of Freedom’s Lighthouse on the constitutionality of the mandate, Hochul’s response was rather telling:

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