Who Is This Brave Republican?

March 11, 2009 at 1:51 am | Posted in House of Representatives, politics straight up | Leave a comment
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Patrick McHenry, that’s who!

He’s an “up-and-comer” in the modern GOP. “Grover Norquist has … praised him as a rising star who understands how the modern GOP works.”

Yes, sir, that he does.

McHenry does just what any other good Republican would do when caught putting American military in harm’s way — he blames someone else.

Ahead of the Republican curve, McHenry understands how the internets work.

McHenry has been working hard to ensure his spot on the Republican gravy train, but his constituents are finally coming to the realization that his interests are not their interests:

(Hickory Daily Record Editorial) In recent days, McHenry may have shown his GOP true colors. He has been quoted as saying his goal is not to do what is best for North Carolina and the country, but instead to do what is best for the Republican Party.

“We will lose on legislation,” McHenry said in an article in the National Journal. “But we will win the message war every day, and every week, until November 2010. Our goal is to bring down approval numbers for (Speaker Nancy) Pelosi and for House Democrats. That will take repetition. This is a marathon, not a sprint.”

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But McHenry’s words are clear. He will not help rebuild the economy, create jobs or make America more secure if it means working with the Democrats. This, he believes, will lead to the unthinkable — Congress remaining in the hands of the Democrats another two years and possibly a second-term for President Obama.

With his vote against the president’s economic recovery package, McHenry has thwarted efforts that could create or save 105,000 jobs in North Carolina, help responsible homeowners stay in their homes, cut taxes for hardworking Americans and put North Carolinians back to work.

I am puzzled why North Carolinians expected anything else from McHenry. He has long association with a a string of unsavory characters alone should have been a warning to them. Have they never heard the proverb “judge a person by the company they keep“? Maybe they are just too nice and can’t believe their own lying eyes.

(Daily Briefing, 10/21/07) Rep. McHenry also has some very shady characters for friends. His roommate was charged with two counts of voter fraud and there is evidence that several young men used McHenry’s address to vote in more than one location. His close friend, National Young Republican Chair, Glenn Murphy, was recently arrested for attempting to perform oral sex on a man while he slept. McHenry’s chief fundraisers are now under FBI investigation and McHenry himself may be implicated. Another close friend, Samuel Currin, recently pled guilty to securities fraud, money laundering, and tax fraud.

Yes, indeed, that’s Patrick McHenry, proud Republican.

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