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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Rep. Gosar "Proud" Of Chamber's Award; He's Not Alone

First-term Rep. Paul Gosar (R-CD1-running-for-new-CD4) issued a news release today touting his Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He declared himself "proud" to receive the "prestigious" award, and quoted the Chamber CEO as saying “while many in Congress were busy playing politics, Representative Gosar was working to protect and advance the interests of America’s job creators.”

The only quibble with these proud declarations is that EVERY Republican member of Congress except one received the exact same award (and probably the exact same quote). Even several Democrats voted the way the Chamber - which does not necessarily reflect the views of local and state Chambers of Commerce - wanted them to vote on about a dozen key votes (16 in the House, 11 in the Senate).

Gosar did vote the Chamber way on 15 out of the 16, matched in the Arizona delegation only by Rep. David Schweikert (R-CD5-running-for-new-CD6) and topped by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-running-for-the-exits), who was a perfect 11-for-11.

The ONLY Republican - House or Senate - who did NOT receive the prestigious Chamber award for 2011 was Walter Jones (R-NC). He was a 50-50 Chamber voter. (It would be interesting to learn whether he is as "proud". Alas, his news release today is focused only on attacking the Obama Administration's "new illegal alien policy".

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