DO EARMARKS MATTER?
In a one-on-one interview with Kenny Hulshof, the Notebook attempts to figure out why the Congressman now running for Governor voted for 4 earmarks Sarah Steelman is calling "wasteful." The aim is also to give him the opportunity to defend his record and hear about the merits and motives behind the four following projects.
AT ISSUE: The Maine Lobster Institute, A Christmas Tree Exhibit, The San Francisco Urban Center, The Woodstock Concert Hall
The conversation is divided into three separate clips
In the first clip, the Congressman says that ultimately he voted against the bill that had those items in them. "These were up and down votes that were already in a bill," Hulshof said. He then explains his philosophy on how he "scrubs" earmarks.
"It's NOT the Woodstock Center . . ." In the clip above, Hulshof calls the Woodstock earmark a vote on a "historical museum." He also switches the subject to another earmark called "Journaling for College Freshman," which he defends. Still, he wouldn't explicitly say the ones in question were worthwhile. "We judged each on the merits," said Hulshof.
"And that has to do with Governor, in what regard?" As our conversation continues, Hulshof questions the relevance of the earmark debate in this campaign. I argue that while politics is about the future, the only thing we have to go on when judging candidates is what they have said and done in the past.