“Clearly, Martha Robertson doesn’t care about the thousands of hard-working families who are struggling to make ends meet here in New York,” said Katherine Pudwill, spokesperson for Rep. Tom Reed, Mr. Niceguy.
Watch what we do not what we say. — John Mitchell, Nixon’s Attorney General
According to an article in the Elmira Star-Gazette by Brian Tumulty, Tom’s TV advertising shows him as sincere, easygoing, and jovial. Is that a true picture of Tom? I think not. Tom often shows his true colors; here are some examples of that:
- Tom’s motto is (or was) “Fix not Fight,” yet he is always fighting for or against something in a seemingly endless ideological war.
- Tom would have hungry children tighten their belts.
- Tom offers future retirees diminished Social Security benefits.
- Tom believes people only need as much health care as they can afford.
- Tom’s unhelpful advice to the unemployed: “Get a job.”
- Tom sees charity as a cure for poverty. For Tom, soup kitchens are as American as apple pie.
- Tom voted against keeping the government open throwing many, including his hardworking, low paid staff, out of work.
- At his townhall meetings, Tom is thin-skinned when constituents disagree with him.
- Tom made his fortune dunning people over unpaid hospital bills.
© William Hungerford – July 2014