"SOWERS' CHARACTER HAS BEEN REVEALED"
". . . POORER AND POORER ON EMERSON'S WATCH"
The chairman of the Cape Girardeau County Republican committee is targeting 8th District Democratic Congressional candidate Tommy Sowers for accepting money from a wealthy contributor who wants to send stimulus money to China.
Cappy McGarr donated $4,800 to Sowers' Congressional campaign, and he's also behind an effort to tap stimulus dollars to go towards a U.S.-Chinese wind energy project in Texas.
But some have concerns that stimulus money would be used to buy turbines and other components made in a Chinese plant.
In fact, McGarr himself said the project would create 2,800 jobs -- of which 15% would be in the U.S. "The rest would flow to China," reported The Wall Street Journal.
And recently Sen. Kit Bond wrote, "There is bipartisan concern that the Obama administration is using U.S. taxpayer dollars to fund green jobs in China and other foreign countries."
But Voss made the case that McGarr's donation to Sowers reflected on his character.
"I'm sure Cappy supports Tommy Sowers because they would both rather America chase a future in wind energy than invest in real, affordable resources like oil, natural gas, clean coal and biofuels that create American jobs. That's their choice. But to make China the beneficiary of American tax dollars is just plain wrong, and yet another reason why the "stimulus" stinks," wrote Cape Girardeau GOP chair John Voss in a release Tuesday.
"Tommy Sowers can keep the SNL funny money, and I am sure he will savor whatever crumbs executives on Wall Street toss his direction. But the real Tommy Sowers' character has been revealed from his associations with people like Cappy McGarr, who are taking stimulus money and shipping it to China," Voss went on.
The Sowers campaign called the attack "desperate" and linked it to Rep. Jo Ann Emerson.
"This is the type of desperate attack you would expect from a career lobbyist that knows she has a true challenger for her seat. What she doesn't want to talk about are the thousands of jobs she has sent overseas from the district due to her trade votes, the current economic crisis she actively enabled by her lack of oversight, and the millions of dollars in special interest contributions that have driven her votes for the last 12 years," said Sowers spokesman Jonathan Feifs.
"The people of Southeastern Missouri have gotten poorer and poorer on Emerson's watch, and all she seems to be interested in is attacking the individuals that support Tommy Sowers's campaign," Feifs added.