Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Purgason Poses Debate Questions to Blunt

Frustrated by his inability to capture Roy Blunt's attention, GOP U.S. Senate candidate Chuck Purgason has unilaterally issued some debate questions he wants the Congressman to answer.

"I have asked my opponent to sit down and talk about the future of our party but he refuses to even acknowledge me. So I must begin asking the questions that I and many of us in our party want answered," said Sen. Puragson in a release Tuesday.

A day after USA Today reported on how Blunt has received more campaign contributions from lobbyists this cycle than any other Congressional candidate, Purgason is raising questions about donations Blunt has received from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

"For example, many experts had warned for decades that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lacked sufficient capital to remain viable. Congress looked at higher standards but many of those efforts have been stymied by sustained and high-powered lobbying campaigns that have taken real teeth out of many much needed reforms," Purgason said. "With this in mind, my opponent has taken more money from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac PAC’s than any United States Congressman or Senator," he went on.

"The questions that needs to be answered, Can a Congressman take so many contributions from a PAC and still work for meaningful reforms that are necessary to protect hard earned taxpayer dollars? And if so what reforms has he personally done to solve this lingering problem that threatens the financial security of our nation,?" he asked.

Blunt's team has previously responded to requests for comment about Purgason by turning the focus to Democratic candidate Robin Carnahan.

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