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Monday, August 17, 2009

Heath Shuler and Blue Dogs Score Poorly on Fiscally Conservative Report Card Measuring anti-Pork Votes


The Club for Growth has released it's annual report card that measures how often members of Congress vote against Pork Projects that are before Congress. My Congressman, Heath Shuler, scored a mere 1% on the report card that was issued by the fiscally conservative group...nearly the same as Nancy Pelosi.

Here is how the North Carolina delegation scored:


100% Virginia Foxx (R-NC-05)

99% Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10)

97% Sue Myrick (R-NC-09)

84% Howard Coble (R-NC-06)

22% Walter Jones (R-NC-03)

1% Heath Shuler (R-NC-11)

0% GK Butterfield (D-N-NC-01)

0% Bob Etheridge (D-NC-02)

0% David Price (D-NC-04)

0% Mike McIntyre (D-NC-07)

0% Larry Kissell (D-NC-08)

0% Mel Watt (D-NC-12)
0% Brad Miller (D-NC-13)



Here are the members of Congress who deserve special recognition for receiving a perfect score of 100%:


Broun (R-GA-10)

Campbell (R-CA-48)

Cassidy (R-LA-6)

Flake (R-AZ-6)

Foxx (R-NC-5)

Garrett (R-NJ-5)

Hensarling (R-TX-5)

Jenkins (R-KS-2)

Kline, J. (R-MN-2)

Lamborn (R-CO-5)

Linder (R-GA-7)

Lummis (R-WY-AL)

McClintock (R-CA-4)

Minnick (D-ID-1)

Pence (R-IN-6)

Petri (R-WI-6)

Pitts (R-PA-16)

Price, T. (R-GA-6)

Ryan, P. (R-WI-1)

Sensenbrenner (R-WI-5)

Shadegg (R-AZ-3)

Westmoreland (R-GA-3)



Back to my Congressman. He is part of the Blue Dog Coalition...and in fact, serves on the leadership team as Blue Dog Whip, charged with encouraging others in the coalition to stick with the group on votes where the Coalition has taken a position.


Let's take a look at the Blue Dog Coalition to see just how fiscally conservative they are, or are not.


The overwhelming majority of Blue Dogs scored either 0% or 1% on the report, and only 9 scored more than that, and three more than 50%, with Cooper (TN-05) scoring 97% and Minnick (ID-01) scoring a perfect 100% on the report.


I have them listed below with their score on the anti-pork report card arranged by name and by score:

Blue Dog Leadership Team

0% Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Administration
0% Rep. Baron Hill (IN-09), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Policy
0% Rep. Charlie Melancon (LA-03), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications
1% Rep. Heath Shuler (NC-11), Blue Dog Whip

Blue Dog Members

1% Altmire, Jason (PA-04)
0% Arcuri, Mike (NY-24)
0% Baca, Joe (CA-43)
1% Barrow, John (GA-12)
0% Berry, Marion (AR-01)
0% Bishop, Sanford (GA-02)
0% Boren, Dan (OK-02)
0% Boswell, Leonard (IA-03)
0% Boyd, Allen (FL-02)
61% Bright, Bobby (AL-02)
0% Cardoza, Dennis (CA-18)
0% Carney, Christopher (PA-10)
0% Chandler, Ben (KY-06)
0% Childers, Travis (MS-01)
97% Cooper, Jim (TN-05)
0% Costa, Jim (CA-20)
0% Cuellar, Henry (TX-28)
1% Dahlkemper, Kathy (PA-03)
0% Davis, Lincoln (TN-04)
0% Donnelly, Joe (IN-02)
0% Ellsworth, Brad (IN-08)
19% Giffords, Gabrielle (AZ-08)
0% Gordon, Bart (TN-06)
0% Griffith, Parker (AL-05)
0% Harman, Jane (CA-36)
0% Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie (SD)
0% Hill, Baron (IN-09)
0% Holden, Tim (PA-17)
1% Kratovil, Jr., Frank (MD-01)
0% McIntyre, Mike (NC-07)
4% Marshall, Jim (GA-03)
6% Matheson, Jim (UT-02)
0% Melancon, Charlie (LA-03)
0% Michaud, Mike (ME-02)
100% Minnick, Walt (ID-01)
25% Mitchell, Harry (AZ-05)
0% Moore, Dennis (KS-03)
0% Murphy, Patrick (PA-08)
22% Nye, Glenn (VA-02)
0% Peterson, Collin (MN-07)
0% Pomeroy, Earl (ND)
0% Ross, Mike (AR-04)
0% Salazar, John (CO-03)
0% Sanchez, Loretta (CA-47)
0% Schiff, Adam (CA-29)
0% Scott, David (GA-13)
1% Shuler, Heath (NC-11)
0% Space, Zack (OH-18)
0% Tanner, John (TN-08)
5% Taylor, Gene (MS-04)
0% Thompson, Mike (CA-01)
0% Wilson, Charles (OH-06)

Here is a list arranged by score, from best to worst of how the Blue Dogs stack up, with the more fiscally conservative listed on top of the less fiscally conservative:

100% Minnick, Walt (ID-01)
a rare feat for a Blue Dog, as well as a member of Congress. I congratulate Congressman Minnick.

97% Cooper, Jim (TN-05) Congressman Cooper scored higher than most Republicans!


61% Bright, Bobby (AL-02)
Even at 61% Congressman Bright manages to score higher than most of his fellow Congress Critters.

25% Mitchell, Harry (AZ-05)

22% Nye, Glenn (VA-02)


19% Giffords, Gabrielle (AZ-08)


6% Matheson, Jim (UT-02)


5% Taylor, Gene (MS-04)


4% Marshall, Jim (GA-03)



1% Altmire, Jason (PA-04)

1% Barrow, John (GA-12)

1% Dahlkemper, Kathy (PA-03)

1% Kratovil, Jr., Frank (MD-01)

1% Shuler, Heath (NC-11)



0% Arcuri, Mike (NY-24)

0% Baca, Joe (CA-43)
0% Berry, Marion (AR-01)

0% Bishop, Sanford (GA-02)

0% Boren, Dan (OK-02)

0% Boswell, Leonard (IA-03)

0% Boyd, Allen (FL-02)

0% Cardoza, Dennis (CA-18)

0% Carney, Christopher (PA-10)

0% Chandler, Ben (KY-06)
0% Childers, Travis (MS-01)

0% Costa, Jim (CA-20)

0% Cuellar, Henry (TX-28)

0% Davis, Lincoln (TN-04)

0% Donnelly, Joe (IN-02)

0% Ellsworth, Brad (IN-08)
0% Gordon, Bart (TN-06)

0% Griffith, Parker (AL-05)

0% Harman, Jane (CA-36)

0% Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie (SD)

0% Hill, Baron (IN-09)

0% Holden, Tim (PA-17)

0% McIntyre, Mike (NC-07)

0% Melancon, Charlie (LA-03)

0% Michaud, Mike (ME-02)
0%
Moore, Dennis (KS-03)

0% Murphy, Patrick (PA-08)

0% Peterson, Collin (MN-07)

0% Pomeroy, Earl (ND)

0% Ross, Mike (AR-04)

0% Salazar, John (CO-03)

0% Sanchez, Loretta (CA-47)

0% Schiff, Adam (CA-29)

0% Scott, David (GA-13)

0% Space, Zack (OH-18)

0% Tanner, John (TN-08)

0% Thompson, Mike (CA-01)

0% Wilson, Charles (OH-06)

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