NRCC - Shea-Porter's Stimulus Vote Could Cost Her Her Reelection

Fellow Democrat Congressman Admitted His Vote Could End His Career, Does Shea-Porter Agree?

Washington- Democrat Congressman Chet Edwards (D-TX) recently admitted that his vote for his party’s failed trillion-dollar stimulus may cost him his reelection. His startling admission should have vulnerable Democrats like Carol Shea-Porter – who also supported the legislation – worried that they too will share the same fate. House Democrats promised that their trillion-dollar stimulus would bring economic recovery, but over a year later Americans are facing a daunting unemployment rate of 9.6 percent and an economy that is teetering on the brink of disaster. With Election Day quickly approaching, House Democrats are now desperately trying to defend their destructive economic agenda against angry voters who are ready to hold them accountable this November.

“Election Day is right around the corner and Carol Shea-Porter is facing the harsh reality that her failed economic agenda may cost her reelection,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Democrats promised that their trillion-dollar stimulus would result in economic recovery, but instead Americans are now facing one of the worst recessions in history as the economy has taken a turn for the worse. With the cards stacked against her, New Hampshire voters are ready to send Shea-Porter a message this November.”

Democrats promised their stimulus would keep unemployment under eight percent, but since the bill’s passage unemployment has hovered close to double digits.

“The jobless rate probably rose in September for a second month as the year-old U.S. recovery failed to generate enough jobs to keep up with a growing labor force, economists said before a report this week.

“Unemployment climbed to 9.7 percent from 9.6 percent in August, according to the median estimate of 62 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News ahead of an Oct. 8 report from the Labor Department.” (“Unemployment in U.S. Probably Rose as Recovery Can't Generate Enough Jobs,” Bloomberg, 10/4/2010)

As a result of the out-of-touch majority’s failed economic agenda, House Republicans are poised to make large gains this November:

“Gallup's generic ballot for Congress among registered voters currently shows Republicans with 46% of the vote and Democrats with 43%, similar to the 46% to 46% tie reported a week ago. However, in Gallup's first estimates among likely voters, based on polling from Sept. 23-Oct. 3, Republicans have a double-digit advantage under two separate turnout scenarios.” (Frank Newport, Jeffrey M. Jones, and Lydia Saad, “GOP Well Positioned Among Likely Midterm Voters,” Gallup, 10/4/2010)