From the Larry Smith for Congress Campaign:
Smith Says Jacobs didn’t Hold the Line in Annapolis, Likely Won’t in DC Either
Today Larry Smith, Republican candidate for Congress in Maryland’s Second District, criticized Primary opponent Senator Nancy Jacobs for her glaring failure to hold the line on spending in Annapolis.
“Last year, when Maryland’s fiscal situation was just as dire as today’s, Senator Jacobs failed to hold the line on spending. She clearly cannot be trusted to hold the line in Washington,” said Smith.
Here’s how Democratic Comptroller Peter Franchot characterized conditions in Annapolis at that time: “We’re basically spending every cent we have and maxing out the state’s credit cards to the nth degree. If something goes wrong in the economy again, we could be very vulnerable. We have no reserve capacity.”
Evidently, House Republican Leader (and 2012 Congressional Candidate) Tony O’Donnell shared Mr. Franchot’s view, because he chose to mirror the leadership of Congressional Republicans in Washington who had recently sworn off the practice of earmarking. Mr. O’Donnell not only convinced his House Republican delegation to swear off earmarks, he even tried to convince some Democrats to do so as well. In Leader O’Donnell’s letter to House Speaker Michael Busch, he addressed the idea of borrowing money to fund earmarks this way: “The focus should be on reversing the damage, not making it worse.” But alas, when Mr. O’Donnell reached out to state Republican Senate “leaders” for their support against earmarks, his reach fell short.
Yes, against the backdrop described above, State Senator Jacobs nevertheless sought out Democratic Delegate Dave Rudolph to help her secure an earmark directing Comptroller Franchot to borrow $100,000 to fund a new Giraffe house for the Plumpton Park Zoological Gardens in Rising Sun.
When Ms. Jacobs had the opportunity to stand tall with her party on fiscal responsibility, she not only failed to lead, she failed to follow. From the Washington Post, April 5, 2012:
“Senate Republican leader Nancy Jacobs (Harford) said she admires her GOP colleagues in the House for taking a principled stand against the creation of more state debt. But Jacobs said she recognized the political reality that Democratic leaders, who control both chambers, were going to divvy up the money regardless, and she didn’t want her constituents to get “shortchanged.”
“Shortchanged?” questioned Smith. “We’re the ones being shortchanged. Our kids have now been laden with more debt and debt service, and Maryland taxpayers are now subsidizing two zoos. The other one we help pay for is located in Baltimore City. It’s set to cost Maryland taxpayers $5.1 million this year.”
Just as important: Ms. Jacobs single-handedly managed to cede the moral high ground that Republicans could have held regarding earmarks during Session 2012.
Mr. Smith, on the other hand, is doggedly committed to downsizing the federal budget and national debt. This week, he released not one but two plans outlining ideas for downsizing the federal government.
“I am the only candidate with the plans to cut spending and the backbone to fight for it in Washington. I will not seek foolish earmarks. Voters can count on me to have enough commonsense not to fight for giraffe housing,” said Smith.