The Principled Conservative? Seriously?

I damn near spat a mouthful of coffee at the laptop screen when I read the April 25 press release issued by the Leonard Lance campaign:

FLEMINGTON, NJ — Leonard Lance for Congress today released, “Principled Conservative” — the first television commercial of the 2012 primary campaign season.

Watch it now by clicking the picture below.

AD FACTS:  Script for “Principled Conservative” (:30)

Leonard Lance is a principled conservative we can count on.

Lance voted 26 times against ObamaCare.

Lance wrote New Jersey’s law prohibiting borrowing without voter approval.

And Lance wants to lower gas prices by increasing American-made energy including building the Keystone pipeline.

It’s no wonder the Express Times said, “Lance’s…fiscal conservatism is a good fit for…voters.”

Republican Leonard Lance for Congress.

I’m Leonard Lance and I approved this message.

It’s worth noting that the Express Times is a local PENNSYLVANIA newspaper. How nice of them to weigh in on a District 7 election in NEW JERSEY.

It’s also worth noting that standing next to Mr. Lance is NJ state senator Mike Doherty – ally of Boss Lonegan, member of the so-called “Conservative Leadership Council” and political weasel extraordinaire who sold out Movement Conservatism for a chance to climb the Establishment Ladder by serving as a campaign manager for Lance. What many people don’t know or realize is that Doherty and Lance have a political relationship that goes back many years – a relationship I’ll explore in a future article.

Sufficient for this day is this TV spot. Let us analyze this little gem:

Leonard Lance is a principled conservative we can count on.

As his voting record demonstrates, Leonard Lance is many things: political player, Establishment Player, RINO and on crucial issues we can count on him to vote with the Democrats. But PRINCIPLED CONSERVATIVE?!  Puh-leeze…Lance is fighting for his political life in a district that is more conservative now than it was four years ago. He’ll say and do anything to convince voters that he is what the facts tell us he is not.

Lance voted 26 times against ObamaCare.

True, but these were mainly symbolic votes. With Democrats in control of the Senate and the White House, Lance knew that these votes would never change the status of Obamacare. When the chance to actually damage Obamacare arose, he voted for a continuing resolution that funded Obamacare to the tune of $105 billion. He even voted to expand the scope of Obamacare by including veterinary services.

Lance wrote New Jersey’s law prohibiting borrowing without voter approval.

Since 1844, the New Jersey Constitution prohibited borrowing without voter approval.  Unfortunately, our New Jersey Supreme Court decided not to abide by it. It’s worth noting that while a State Senator, Lance voted to re-confirm FOR LIFE the justices who voted to permit the borrowing. These were the very same justices who permitted the 2008 Torricelli/Lautenberg switcheroo and a number of other bone-headed decisions.

And Lance wants to lower gas prices by increasing American-made energy including building the Keystone pipeline.

All good and well, but after President Obama imposed a moratorium on offshore drilling that devastated the domestic petroleum industry in the Gulf region – resulting in the loss of thousands of jobs -  Congressman Lance was one of only nine Republicans who voted in favor of Obama’s moratorium.

This bears repeating:

Congressman Lance was one of only nine Republicans who voted in favor of Obama’s moratorium on offshore drilling.

For this reason alone he ought to be booted from office. Think about it the next time you fill up the gas tank.

Lance has often sided with groups such as the Sierra Club to restrict the US from developing its own energy.  As one of eight Republicans to vote for Cap & Trade and more recently one of five Republicans to support programs such as RGGI, we have clear examples that Lance cares more for his environmentalist agenda than he does about escalating energy prices.

“Lance’s…fiscal conservatism is a good fit for…voters.”

Seriously?

Before entering Congress, Lance signed a pledge not to take earmarks.  Within four months on the job, he was named Porker of the Month by Citizens Against Government Waste for all the wasteful earmarks he took.

Lance will frequently talk about his support for Cut, Cap, and Balance and the Ryan Budget.  Unfortunately, when it came time to adhere to them, Lance voted for spending that far exceeded them. Go here, here and here for the gory details.

Lance favors more, bigger, expensive government.  On multiple occasions he voted to raise the debt ceiling.  Most recently, he provided an extra $2.1 trillion to help satisfy Obama’s spending needs.

Lance voted against reducing funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, against a Federal pay freeze, and in favor of more money for Obama’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs – and I’m just scratching the surface.

The bottom line: Leonard Lance does not uphold our values, our needs or our dreams – leaving me to wonder why any conservative would support him.

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