My name is Erica, and this week I started working on the Dennis Shulman for Congress campaign. With 'Lobbyists for Scott Garrett,' our campaign is highlighting Garrett's ties to both the housing crisis and the special interest culture of corruption. As a member of the House Financial Services Committee and Housing Subcommittee, Garrett is unduly influenced by the industry he is supposed to regulate. This week, the Shulman campaign released a new ad calling on voters to fire Scott Garrett for letting the greed and speculation run rampant under his watch.
See the ad here - Fire Scott Garrett
Shulman for Congress is also underscoring Scott Garrett's record as one of the staunchest conservatives in Congress. By the end of 2006, the American Conservative Union had only given a "perfect" score of 100 to two members of Congress for their lifetime voting record - and Scott Garrett was one of them. Yet the district he represents, a politically moderate swath of suburban New Jersey - is nowhere near to the far-right views Garrett pushes in Washington. Voters here are looking for leadership to get our economy going again, work towards alternative energy solutions, and bring an end to the war in Iraq.
Our campaign isn't afraid to take the fight to Scott Garrett and expose his corruption. We recently launched several websites to highlight Garrett's atrocious record-including his support for Big Oil, his refusal to acknowledge scientific evidence for global warming, and his opposition to a woman's right to choose, even for victims of rape or incest.
Garrett Caused the Crash
Scott Garrett and the predatory lenders are a case study in Washington's corrupt special interest culture. Garrett has accepted more than three quarters of a million dollars from the financial industries he is supposed to oversee in Washington, and put his taxpayer-funded office in the hands of a chief of staff who had lobbied for Countrywide and Washington Mutual.
Oilmen for Garrett
Scott Garrett has voted to subsidize Big Oil, for drilling off the New Jersey shore and in the federally protected areas of Alaska, and has taken $69,000 from the oil industry.
Global Warming - It's a Real Threat
Scott Garrett refuses to accept the overwhelming body of scientific evidence showing that man-made greenhouse gases cause global warming and that it is a real threat to our way of life. He voted to remove language from an appropriations bill acknowledging that greenhouse gases cause global warming and that global warming is a real threat.
Your Choice Not Scott's
In a district where 70% of residents support reproductive choice, Scott Garrett opposes a woman's right to choose in all instances, even for victims of rape or incest.
Career politician Scott Garrett gets a huge property tax break because he says his brother sells $700 worth of shrubs annually. Garrett takes up to $41,000 a year in tax breaks meant for real farmers, and failed to disclose this shrub farm as required by federal law.
In what promises to be a tough race, the amazing outpouring of netroots support for Dennis' campaign cannot be underestimated. The Daily Kos community raised $20,000 dollars for our campaign in September - and we here at Shulman for Congress can't thank you enough. With a horrendous right wing opponent, an inspiring candidate, and your help, together we can elect a strong progressive leader to Congress this November.