June 30, 2007

George Voinovich’s Cosmic/Comic Post-Immigration Vote Press Release

Filed under: Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:01 am

The Voinovich press release reads as follows:

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SEN. VOINOVICH VOTES AGAINST CLOTURE ON IMMIGRATION BILL

June 28, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator George V. Voinovich (R-OH) today released the following statement after voting against cloture on the Senate immigration bill. The voted failed 46 to 53:

“I want an immigration bill that secures our borders, revises and updates our current laws to respond to our economic needs and brings the 12 million illegal aliens in our country out of the shadows. I am not convinced that this legislation meets those criteria. As ranking member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia, I have concerns regarding how all the provisions in this bill could practically be implemented by the Department of Homeland Security. I also think it’s important that we respond to concerns raised about the bill by the American public.”
(end of press release)

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Uh ….. there’s a big problem with this.

Allow me to repeat what was reported here Wednesday (“Voinovich’s Sham Indecision”):

My source tells me that Mr. Voinovich addressed a group of prominent Ohio Republicans on what I believe was a teleconference call either over this previous weekend or just before that.

Here is what I am being told:

  • Voinovich spent some time attempting to sell the audience on the merits of the immigration bill (I’m told those involved were mostly not buying).
  • Voinovich said (quoting my source, not directly quoting Voinovich) that “if the people knew what the ‘real’ bill says rather than listening to talk radio then they would support it,” and that talk radio was on (a) “hatchet campaign.”

I have confirmed with my source that Mr. Voinovich had his mind made up and gave last week’s GOP-insider audience a very clear indication that he was going to vote for the bill — with none of the squishy “let’s look at the amendments” stuff that he was putting out through his staff earlier in the week or that he tried to pass off to talk radio’s second-largest audience during his disastrous Wednesday interview (Hot Air audio; BizzyBlog post) with Sean Hannity.

My source asked one of the insiders whether Mr. Voinovich’s statement in the press release contradicts what he told the insiders late last week. The answer was, in essence, “Yes. Totally.”

Draw your own conclusions.

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5 Comments

  1. You know…when it comes to your attention that you’re going down the wrong path, do you change direction or just keep going? In this case, Voinovich changed direction, and I’m glad. While I WISH he’d account for WHY he changed direction, I’m too much of a realist to EXPECT that he’ll do so. So I’ll be content with the fact that he did…at least, for now.

    Comment by Maggie — June 30, 2007 @ 11:15 am

  2. Quoting a line from the looney tunes

    Which way did he go George?… Which way did he go?

    Comment by Gordon — June 30, 2007 @ 5:46 pm

  3. Let’s demand these Senators come back with a proposal they now know we want. Close off borders, require employers follow law, enforce what’s already on the books, and generally follow the Citizen’s wishes.

    Comment by Lewis — June 30, 2007 @ 6:15 pm

  4. #3, Agree.

    #1, Yes and no. See tomorrow’s post about what talk radio host Dirk Thompson in Columbus said on the air about Voinovich’s vote during our interview yesterday.

    Comment by TBlumer — June 30, 2007 @ 11:51 pm

  5. I am amazed how a weasel the likes of Voinovich can be elected to such a high position from such an honorable state like Ohio. Is this politician just a cruel joke, teaching us a moral that if we choose to vote, and we don’t think before casting that vote, then we will be forced to listen and watch a continued parade of the fools, clowns and idiots.

    Comment by MQ — July 1, 2007 @ 7:30 am

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