July 24, 2006

Jean Schmidt and the 2005 Club For Growth Scorecard

Ms. Schmidt and the Club For Growth have certainly not been best buds, especially during her first primary campaign for Congress in May and June of 2005.

In that primary, CFG spent thousands of radio-ad dollars in two different campaigns: one specifically bashed Schmidt for her votes for tax increases while an Ohio State Representative, and at the same time suggested that Pat DeWine, Tom Brinkman, and Bob McEwen would be acceptable pro-growth alternatives to consider. The second ad came inches short of endorsing Brinkman, did not mention McEwen, dissed DeWine, and took after Schmidt again. At the time, I suggested (see second item at link) that CFG was making a mistake because it could not have thoroughly evaluated all eleven candidates in the race. After Schmidt won the primary, I named CFG as one of the primary’s losers (fourth item at link) because it had put on “a less-than-perfect display of fiscal prudence.”

CFG did not involve itself in the two Schmidt campaigns that have taken place since then: the 2nd District Special Election in August 2005 and the Second District Primary in May 2006.

Earlier this month, CFG released its 2005 Congressional Scorecard (methodology, House detail, Senate detail). Jean Schmidt was not evaluated because she was not in Congress the entire year.

BizzyBlog has obtained the raw data CFG used to evaluate the 2005 congressional session and has done a pro forma calculation of what Ms. Schmidt’s grade would have been if she had consistently voted during all of 2005 as she voted during the portion of 2005 in which she served. A hearty thanks to Andy Roth, blogmaster at CFGs’ blog, for providing it.
Here are the details and the overall result:

  • Schmidt received 20 of 22 possible points for the five CFG-relevant votes she cast. She voted as CFG preferred by supporting The Budget Reconciliation, extending the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts, and being against the free trade-restraining Byrd Amendment (HR 4241, HR 4297, and S 1932, respectively). She lost a point each by supporting the extension of terrorism risk insurance and by not cutting off the Treasury’s open-ended line of credit to Government-Sponsored Enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (S 467 and HR 1461, respectively).
  • Projecting that 20-for-22 result over the 85 possible points for all 23 CFG-relevant votes, she would have received 77 points.
  • She also would have earned 5 bonus points from CFG. The Club gave out bonus points in three areas — National Taxpayers Union (NTU) score, sponsoring legislation to individually controlled Social Security investment accounts, and sponsoring other pro-growth initiatives. Schmidt was not involved in the second or third items. As to NTU, though it also did not evaluate Schmidt because of her partial-year record, BizzyBlog did, and found that her 65.5% raw score would have earned her a “B” grade for the NTU-relevant votes she cast. CFG gave out 15 bonus points for an NTU “A,” 10 points for a “B+,” and 5 points for a “B.”
  • This means that Schmidt would have earned an 82 (77 + 5) from CFG if she had voted during the full year as she did during her partial year. Having said that, keep in mind that I can’t evaluate how Ms. Schmidt would have actually voted on the 18 CFG-relevant votes earlier in the year, or whether those votes were more or less challenging than the ones she was present for from CFG’s pro-economic growth perspective.

By way of comparison, here are full-year scores for other area congresspersons:

Ohio –
- Steve Chabot — 98
- John Boehner — 74
- Deborah Pryce — 56
- Mike Turner — 48
- Bob Ney — 40
- Sherrod Brown — 1
- Dennis Kucinich — 0
- Ted Strickland — 0

Kentucky –
- Geoff Davis — 57

Indiana –
- Mike Pence — 100

Perhaps it’s time for Schmidt and CFG to reconcile.


1 Comment

  1. [...] BizzyBlog does some theorizing on Schmidt’s possible 2005 Club for Growth scorecard. They’ve been bitter enemies in the past and he wonders if perhaps it’s time for them to reconcile. Maybe the Congresswoman should sacrifice an automatic weapon on an alter of sweat shop manufactured shoes to Grover Norquist or something.   [...]

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