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KBH Credibility Gap continues to grow

Posted in TX Governor's Race by Texas Conservative on January 11, 2010

As every new television ad comes out (or claim on anything) from the Team Kay campaign, it seems independent news agencies are quickly pointing out a serious problem for the 16 year veteran of Washington DC: she cannot be trusted to tell the truth.

Her latest ad (Kay Bailey Hutchison Transportation Ad) talks about tolling exiting roads in Texas, but as WFAA-TV in Dallas pointed out, KBH again isn’t telling the truth:

In her latest TV ads and speeches, Hutchison claims Perry wants to change some freeways to toll roads.Yet, when asked by News 8 to point out just one highway in Texas that TXDOT is recommending to strictly change from a freeway to a toll road Hutchison didn’t answer directly…Hutchison can’t identify any because there aren’t any.  TXDOT confirmed it is not considering tolling existing free lanes anywhere in the state. Even if it did, a 2005 law backed by Perry would require a countywide vote.

That’s right, in 2005 Governor Perry backed a law that made tolling a local issue…local control is a core Republican idea and being in DC for sixteen years shows Senator Hutchison is out of touch with what has been going on in Texas. But that’s not all that’s wrong with her ad either, she talks about big government land grabs but fails to point out that:

“On Sept. 24, 2009, Sen. Hutchison opposed an amendment by Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn to protect land owners and prohibit the federal government from spending $400 million during the next year to acquire additional private property. Among those who supported Sen. Coburn’s initiative to prohibit using these funds for further government acquisition were Texas’ other senator, John Cornyn, and senators from other agriculture-rich states including Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.”

Once again, the Senator has a huge credibility gap that she is hoping is not looked at by the Texas Republican Primary voters.

But as I pointed out in an earlier blog post, she has a track record of “serious misleading of the facts” which is a nice way of saying lying. And we learned today, that another news organization has pointed out what you hear from Kay Bailey Hutchison cannot be trusted…because in this case, it cannot be verified. KENS-TV pointed out this in a story they ran today:

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s internal poll was leaked to the media and it shows the race between her and Governor Rick Perry is neck-and-neck. Professor Jim Henson of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas cautions against putting too much stock in the numbers because Hutchison’s campaign has answered few specific questions about the numbers. “If nobody will own the numbers, it’s hard to know what to do with them.  Without transparency about the actual numbers, you’re left to speculate.”

Her biggest bombshell of the day, however, was a little nugget from the Associated Press:

DALLAS (AP) — Three days before her debate with Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison says her campaign has momentum and that she is “peaking at the right time.” Hutchison told dozens of supporters at her Dallas campaign headquarters Monday that she will spend “every waking moment” campaigning for governor in the March 2 Republican primary. Hutchison said she probably will miss some votes in Washington as she turns her focus to the campaign.

Now, remember, she’s promised us (the Voters of Texas) in her first ad “I am going to do everything I can to stop the government take over of healthcare” but now she says that she is going to spend “every waking moment” campaigning for governor? Someone needs to tell the 16 year Senator that the healthcare battle isn’t over and ask her why she has given up “doing everything [she] can” for Texans? Should Scott Brown beat Martha Coakley in Massachusetts – health care immediately goes back to the front burner. This will become Kay’s Katrina moment, right? We have already witnessed her fight, it helped accelerate the process of us getting a vote when she couldn’t come up with a consistent story as to why she voted to end a GOP led filibuster.

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