Fearful of forfeiting his cushy congressional seat after a disastrous first year in office, desperate Democrat Tom Perriello has issued another press release—devoid of substance—in a last-ditch attempt to mollify outraged constituents.
After boastfully hosting 21 town hall meetings throughout Virginia’s 5th District in which attendees overwhelming urged the boy Congressman to reject the socialist health care bill, Perriello disregarded the stated will of his representees and arrogantly voted in favor of H.R. 3962.
Now, two-faced Tom wants us to believe that he’s on our side in demanding “greater transparency” in health care negotiations, as the Senate and House “reconcile” their differences behind closed doors.
Don’t believe it.
Perriello spokesman Jessica Barba issued today, the following press release:
Office of Congressman Tom Perriello
Representing Virginia’s 5th District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2009
Contact: Jessica Barba, (202) 226-7953
Perriello Urges Greater Transparency in Health Care Negotiations
Washington, DC—Congressman Tom Perriello released the following statement regarding transparency in the final negotiations of health care reform legislation. He has also signed on to a letter to congressional leaders urging them to hold a conference committee, rather than informal discussions, to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate bills.
“I held 21 town hall meetings in August – more than any other Member of Congress in the country – because I believe the American people deserve to play a role in the process as we work to improve our nation’s health care system. As differences are reconciled between the House and Senate bills, we should again engage the American people in the discussion, whether by televising the negotiations or ensuring the bill is available to the public at least 72 hours before any vote. Only with greater transparency and an open process can we make sure pork and unfair taxes are not in the final version.”
While this plea may sound sincere to the uninitiated, recall that two-faced Tom has played this game before.
Before the final [stimulus bill] vote, Perriello bucked party leadership by requesting that the final vote be delayed until 48 hours after the bill had been posted online, to allow constituents ample time to study and understand the bill. He was one of only 18 Democrats to take this stand. In a letter sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday afternoon, Perriello said, “I support the passage of this bill because only urgent and dramatic action can begin to close the $2 trillion contraction in our national economy, but providing for these funds does not exempt us from our responsibility to keep policy-making transparent for our constituents.” [emphasis added]
The full text of Perriello’s letter to Pelosi, linked from Swanson’s web posting, has since been removed from the Congressman’s web site. Why? Perhaps because Pelosi did not delay the vote as requested, yet two-faced Tom voted for H.R. 1 anyway.
Words are worthless, Tom, unless you have the cojones to back them up with actions. Save your phony posturing for the stage, which come to think of it, just may be the perfect transitional career for a soon-to-be-former congressman.