From the campaign of Dave Tritt:
Dave Tritt, a Republican Candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 35A, is raising concerns over the endorsement policies of the Maryland Right to Life Political Action Committee (MDRTL PAC). This after the organization endorsed a candidate running for re-election who, in 2007, voted for a budget bill containing $2.2 million in funds used to perform 3,580 abortions in Maryland.
Many in the pro-life community look to the MDRTL to provide accurate information about the voting records and views of elected officials with regard to protecting human life. Recently, the MDRTL endorsed incumbent Donna Stifler (R-35A). Del. Stifler ran as a conservative, pro-life candidate in 2006. But in her very first year in the General Assembly, she voted FOR the budget bill that squandered the surplus, led to tax increases in the special session, and provided taxpayer funding for 3,580 abortions.
“When I questioned the MDRTL Director, she replied that RTL does not score final passage of the budget bill – only any amendments to restrict abortion funding. In other words, if efforts to rescind abortion funding fail, delegates who still vote for the final bill will get a free pass from MDRTL and not have their ‘100% pro-life’ MDRTL designation threatened. Voters deserve to know the full story on their elected officials’ records, not the misleading abbreviated version. How can an organization sworn to defend life not rate legislators on the primary bill that funds the practice it exists to oppose? No one should be able to cast a vote to fund abortions at taxpayer expense and expect conservatives to give them a pass on Election Day.
“I want to emphasize that I do not question Del. Stifler’s pro-life beliefs. I am not trying to paint her as a pro-abortion champion. Instead, I am merely asking why she apparently didn’t bother to read the bill. Elected officials are responsible for the votes they cast, because those votes create policy. Voters are seeing increasing numbers of politicians demonstrate they are out of touch with average Americans by voting on legislation they haven’t even read, and this, at best, is what Mrs. Stifler did. In addition to designating funds for abortions, the budget bill was filled with pork, fraud, waste, and abuse. Any legislator who believes in common sense and fiscal responsibility should have voted ‘NO’ to that budget. It helped set us on the course for increased taxes and higher debt.”
Maryland taxpayers are currently burdened with over $1 billion annually in debt service and interest alone due to years of deficit spending. Tritt notes that Del. Stifler voted for increased deficit spending 75% of her time in office.
Dave is running because he believes our county and state need leaders that will do the right thing no matter what. “We need more delegates that will go to Annapolis and not forget whom they represent. We need delegates who will lead, not be seduced into the Annapolis political culture like many of our current elected officials.
“If entrusted by the voters with this key position, I will not only vote to defend life, but also work tirelessly to defend your wallet from politicians who continually squander your hard earned money and mortgage the future through deficit spending.”
Full documentation of these votes can be found here: http://www.davetritt.com/about-our-opponents
Here is Stifler’s reaction Saturday morning:
“This is just politics as usual. I have been Mr. Tritt’s delegate for four years and this is the first time he’s raised any concerns about my voting record while in office. I am proud of my 100% rating with MDRTL, as well as all my other endorsements from pro-business and pro-second amendment groups, and my endorsement from the MD Farm Bureau.
I question his facts on my votes for “deficit spending”, as his arguments have been proven false before, and I thank my constituents for their overwhelming support of my time in Annapolis.”