In his quest to become the 20th Congressional District’s Conservative Party nominee, Sandy Treadwell has made some extraordinary claims.
In a four-page fundraising letter that arrived in mailboxes last week, Treadwell says he is tired of high taxes and wasteful spending. Treadwell is shocked that “a whopping $20 billion worth of pork projects were added to the bill” to fund our troops in Iraq.
Treadwell’s outrage is disingenuous. He appears to have forgotten that during his tenure as Republican National Committeeman he never denounced Republican congressional majorities for their egregious deficit and pork spending. Also, Republican Chairman Treadwell was silent in 2003 when GOP state legislators enacted the largest tax increase since the Rockefeller era. Nor was there a word of criticism from him when Pataki-Bruno-Silver cut their annual pork spending deal (which often included millions for the rich man’s paradise – Lake Placid). And no one ever heard Treadwell condemn the Pataki administration’s squandering of taxpayers’ money to reward cronies, placate lobbyists and contractors, and neutralize municipal, healthcare and teachers’ labor unions. (more…)