Hodes skips votes on jobless benefits for Netroots Nation

posted at 11:36 am on July 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Democrats like Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH) demanded that Republicans back a plan to borrow even more money to pay for an extension of jobless benefits.  Republicans attempted to hold out in order to get Democrats to comply with their own ballyhooed “pay-go” rules and use monies already allocated in the stimulus package.  Hodes and his fellow Democrats refused to budge and demagogued Republican resistance as an attack on the jobless.  When Republicans finally relented, did Paul Hodes cast the vote he demanded from Republicans?  Er … he had a “scheduling issue“:

After repeatedly prodding his Republican opponents in the U.S. Senate race to support extending unemployment benefits, Democratic U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes last week missed the vote.

A spokesman for the Hodes campaign said an unspecified “scheduling issue” prevented the congressman from voting July 22 when the U.S. House approved restoring jobless pay for millions of Americans who had been out of work six months or more. Spokesman Matt House said Hodes remains a strong supporter of extended benefits.

Hodes was scheduled to appear in Las Vegas the next day at the liberal bloggers convention Netroots Nation, and by Saturday afternoon he had told a Huffington Post reporter at the conference that Republicans who opposed the extension were “extremist, obstructionist, lying hypocrites who think you don’t have to pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest but are holding up help for the neediest.”

Hypocrites, huh?  Hodes went to Las Vegas rather than bothering to wait for the final vote.  By his own standards, Hodes cares more about his election to the Senate than in casting the votes he demands from others.

In truth, the vote was assured in the House with or without Hodes.  But also in truth, Republicans would have supported the extension had it not relied on borrowing more money.  The issue was not helping the “neediest,” but stopping the deficit spending that Democrats have massively expanded in the last two years — and forcing the Democrats to live by their own “pay-go” rule, which they still have yet to do.  That’s the real hypocrisy, and Hodes’ demagoguery in Las Vegas isn’t fooling anyone.  Not any more.

Update: Speaking of hypocrisy

New Hampshire Congressman Paul Hodes called on embattled colleague Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Thursday night to step down from office. …

“After reading these very serious charges, I believe that it has come time for him to step down,” Hodes said. He said Rangel served the United States honorably as a decorated veteran of the Korean War, and he has represented constituents in New York for decades.

But …

Republican Party spokesman Ryan Williams said Hodes should donate the Rangel money to a New Hampshire charity, as did second-district congressional candidate Katrina Swett.

“The call for resignation is hollow and empty given his refusal to give back that money,” Williams said.

But Hodes campaign spokesman Mark Bergman said the money has been spent.

“This money was never given to the Senate campaign,” Bergman said. “The money’s been spent in previous cycles and was not transferred over (to the Senate account).”

Oh yes, that particular money was spent.

Update II: Hodes is running for the Senate, not for re-election to his House seat.  I’ve adjusted the post accordingly.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

You have to laugh at this stuff. What a bunch of heroes!

Cindy Munford on July 30, 2010 at 11:39 AM

By his own standards, Hodes cares more about his own re-election than in casting the votes he demands from others.

Actually, Hodes has been running for Judd Gregg’s Senate seat for the past two years, so this isn’t a surprise.

I really loath Hodes. Yup, that’s my Congressman. :(

crazy_legs on July 30, 2010 at 11:40 AM

There is no hypocrisy on the left since they are doing it for the people, as such that excuses all of their criminality.

rob verdi on July 30, 2010 at 11:41 AM

The balance of the stimulus funds is for the election. Surely the GOP is aware of that?

OldEnglish on July 30, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Hypocrisy

http://www.ontheissues.org/House/Steny_Hoyer.htm#Tax_Reform

Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)

lorien1973 on July 30, 2010 at 11:44 AM

This makes it sound as if they work with a budget. What a joke.

ORrighty on July 30, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Hodes, a prime example of hypocrisy. Gotta go to Vegas instead of DOING HIS JOB.

GarandFan on July 30, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Hodes keeps individual accounts for every single campaign contribution he receives, so he obviously knows that the Rangel money was spent because THAT account is at zero.

Bishop on July 30, 2010 at 11:45 AM

I blame Bush.

Justrand on July 30, 2010 at 11:47 AM

I really loath Hodes. Yup, that’s my Congressman. :(

crazy_legs on July 30, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Same here.

I will give him some credit though-he’s not anywhere near as bad as Che-Porter.

What surprises me most about this latest is that the ultra-Left Concord Monitor actually ran this story.

Del Dolemonte on July 30, 2010 at 11:47 AM

The balance of the stimulus funds is for the election. Surely the GOP is aware of that?

OldEnglish on July 30, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Yes, the stimulus was designed to be a Dem election slush fund from the start. That’s why each donkey will get his own $10,000 stimulus sign for his district with a bureaucrat leaning on a shovel underneath.

Also why the dumb RINOS who voted for it need to go.

cartooner on July 30, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Another clown Democrat elected by rich white voters in NH who feel guilty about their success.

Hummer53 on July 30, 2010 at 11:56 AM

what a maroon…

cmsinaz on July 30, 2010 at 11:57 AM

[Hoyer] Hypocrisy

Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)

lorien1973 on July 30, 2010 at 11:44 AM

That is utterly disgusting.

If I was visiting the capital, I would worry less about the smell of the tourists in the rotunda and more about the stench in the House and Senate.

WashJeff on July 30, 2010 at 11:57 AM

if the gop was smart, they would be pounding the ‘paygo’ rule on all(D) candidates with dear leader’s face in the forefront…touting the bill as the greatest thing since sliced bread

cmsinaz on July 30, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Hodes the Hypocrite. Has a nice ring to hit.

Take a hike Hodes.

capejasmine on July 30, 2010 at 11:59 AM

cartooner on July 30, 2010 at 11:54 AM

In Australia, the five leaning on their shovels take turns in reading poetry to the one actually digging.

OldEnglish on July 30, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Another clown Democrat elected by rich white voters in NH who feel guilty about their success.

Hummer53 on July 30, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Actually, Hodes’ District goes all the way up to the Canadian border-not very many rich folks up there in Coos County. He was basically elected by the Leftist elites in Concord (State Capitol) and Hanover (Dartmouth College) and Keene and Plymouth (both State university towns).

Del Dolemonte on July 30, 2010 at 12:14 PM

But Hodes campaign spokesman Mark Bergman said the money has been spent.

“This money was never given to the Senate campaign,” Bergman said. “The money’s been spent in previous cycles and was not transferred over (to the Senate account).”

Ha! Try using that excuse for nonpayment with the IRS next time you’re audited, ladies & gentlemen of America! Do as we say, not as we….

leilani on July 30, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Living in NH CD-1. I get to vote against BOTH Hodes and Che-Porter this fall, and vote FOR the best House candidate this district’s seen in years. ;-)

Can’t wait.

Bruce MacMahon on July 30, 2010 at 12:17 PM

That’s “NH House candidate”.

Bruce MacMahon on July 30, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Another clown Democrat elected by rich white transplanted Mass voters in NH who feel guilty about their success.

FIFY

crazy_legs on July 30, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Hypocrisy

http://www.ontheissues.org/House/Steny_Hoyer.htm#Tax_Reform

Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)

lorien1973 on July 30, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Yeah, unfortunately I live in MD with this guy representing us. I’m in St. Mary’s County, where he’s (previously) had a strong following due to the fact that he lives down here part-time. However, the great news about St. Mary’s is that the last few elections, its gone red (too bad the whole state can’t compete with the likes of Baltimore, etc.). Since he’s basically become conjoined at the hip with Pellosi in the past year or so, all the talk around my county when his name comes up is “vote the liberal nutcase out”. I can’t wait to get to cast my vote against Hoyer the next time he comes up for election!

Highlar on July 30, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Hodes: I’m AWOL from my job, give me a promotion!

NH Voters: ???

Steve Z on July 30, 2010 at 1:39 PM

I am hoping we’re able to turn NH around this fall, and change our color back to red!! Hodes and Shea-Porter have got to go…..

NotPC on July 30, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Another clown Democrat elected by rich white transplanted Mass voters in NH who feel guilty about their success.

FIFY

crazy_legs on July 30, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Actually, the border towns where MA transplants are moving to are more conservative than you’d think. A lot of the libs moving in are older folks from NY and CT retiring in the lakes region.

A lot of the folks coming into NH from MA are doing so for the right reasons.

Bruce MacMahon on July 30, 2010 at 2:35 PM

I live in NH and Hodes and Porter will be sent to their choice of retirement homes in either:

A) Cuba

B) Venezuela

C) North Korea

Might want to look at these old wanted posters. ;)

http://angry.net/blog2/?p=377

evilned on July 30, 2010 at 3:12 PM

and vote FOR the best House candidate this district’s seen in years. ;-)

Can’t wait.

Bruce MacMahon on July 30, 2010 at 12:17 PM

You can say that again, Bruce! I’m jealous you get to vote against “boffum” and for yourself, or as you say (which I agree with) the best candidate this state has seen in years ;-). I can just be satisfied with voting against Che-Porter and Hodes since I am not in your district.

rslancer14 on July 30, 2010 at 6:01 PM