Harry Teague, Integrity, and Walking a Fine Line…to the Political Gallows

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“…But it’s all right now, I learned my lesson well.
You see, ya can’t please everyone, so ya got to please yourself
…” 
Garden Party

Harry Teague voted to bring ObamaCare to the House floor, then he voted against it.

There’s a good reason.

Teague, who is an Obama-lovin’ liberal represents one of the more conservative Congressional districts in the country.  Like every other Dem without moral grounding, he doesn’t comprehend the fact that when you try to please everyone, you can’t win.  If you have no moral center, you end up as a the loser we all hope he will be a year from now.

Now, the liberals are mad at him for voting against ObamaCare.

“…Obama delivered a firm message when he addressed the House Democratic caucus on Saturday night. “Do any of you expect the Republicans not to go after you if you vote against this bill?” Obama asked. Of course not. Republicans will do everything they can to oust conservative Democrats in 2010, just as Democrats defeated moderate Republicans in ’06 and ’08. Congressional Democrats will rise and fall based on the popularity of their president. I’m not sure why that point isn’t obvious by now. If Obama flounders, so will the Blue Dogs and everybody else. Derailing the centerpiece of Obama’s agenda hurts everyone in the Democratic Party….”

Then there is the “self-funding” issue.  The other day Harry Teague, bless his little heart, said he did not have a real income, that he was in the negative figures.  I guess he has some ‘splainin’ to do about this one.

“…Beyond these questions — and self-funders’ money could be a factor in several other elections — there’s the inescapable fact that several potentially vulnerable House Members have personal fortunes they can dip into if times get tough. That list includes Reps. Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), Steve Kagen (D-Wis.), Walt Minnick (D-Idaho), Scott Murphy (D-N.Y.) and Harry Teague (D-N.M.).

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) loaned his campaign $500,000 in the third quarter, a reflection that his bid for a fourth term against a wealthy challenger will be an expensive campaign and possibly his most competitive.

Teague, meanwhile, finds himself in a grudge match with an old friend and fellow oil patch millionaire, former Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.), who wants his old job back. Pearce has never used his own money in his campaigns before, but he has not ruled out the possibility of doing so this time, given Teague’s willingness to self-fund last time around. This could produce one of the most expensive House races in the country next year, in one of the cheapest districts to run political ads.

Pity the poor residents of southern New Mexico. While oil may not be as abundant in the Permian Basin as it once was, cash for campaign consultants could be gushing — and with it, an unprecedented number of toxic political ads….”

It all goes to integrity.  Residents of the 2nd Congressional District in New Mexico are beginning to realize that Harry Teague has a little problem with “integrity”.   Steve Pearce, who is running against Teague, has no such difficulty with integrity.

“...In a statement issued before the House vote, Teague said he would support a bill that would guarantee access to affordable quality health care and reduce costs that prevent people from getting health insurance and drive up the national debt. “Unfortunately, the current bill before Congress falls short of that, and I am left with no choice but to vote against it,” he said. Former Rep. Steve Pearce, who gave up the 2nd District seat that spans southern New Mexico to run for he U.S. Senate, has announced he will seek the GOP nomination for Teague’s seat. Teague said in the statement that he’s concerned taxpayers will end up paying for the bill, which doesn’t do enough to permanently reduce costs and the national debt…”

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