“We render ourselves incapable of governing when all we do is take severe sides…, ” –Richard Hanna
Tom Reed, who says he wants to be honest with his constituents, is seldom as honest as Rep. Hanna.
In NY-22, incumbent Richard Hanna (R-NY) faces a primary challenge from Claudia Tenney, a tea party candidate. In NY-23, Tom Reed (R-NY) has secured the Republican nomination Both incumbents have similar Heritage Action scores: Hanna 43%; Reed: 44%. Surprisingly, Legal Insurrection supports Reed as a moderate Republican and opposes Hanna as a liberal Republican. Who knew what difference a primary challenge makes?
Reed is a “moderate” Republican.
PACs supporting incumbent liberal Republican Richard Hanna are airing non-stop TV ads attacking Claudia Tenney as not conservative enough.
In fact, Hanna was one of only a pair of Republicans who voted against delaying Obamacare, was the lone one to oppose banning federal payments for abortion, and told members of a pro-abortion rally to give their money to Democrats. During the 2012 campaign, Hanna referred to Tea Party elements in the Republican Party as being extremists, incapable of governing.
Legal Insurection ought to get their stories straight. Is the difference between a moderate Republican and a liberal Republican that the latter faces no primary challenge and the latter does?
© William Hungerford – June 2014