Rep. David Dreier (CA-26) is a Bush rubber stamp. He pretends to be a moderate, independent voice in congress yet between 2001-2007 he voted with Bush 93.6% of the time.
That's the simple message of the Courage Campaign's Bush Rubber Stamp campaign designed to inform California's 26th district about the real record David Dreier is hiding.
As you may remember, we launched our first ad of the campaign a few weeks ago (you can watch it HERE) and we were pretty stunned to see that Dreier had actually dispatched a spokeswoman that very same day to label the ad "an amateurish smearjob." How proud I was.
As I wrote then, it's funny how simply listing Dreier's votes and citing the frequency with which he voted with the president of his own party constitute a smear. Bush has literally become a 4-letter word.
Clearly, Dreier felt he needed to attack the messenger because he knows, we know and he fears soon his entire district will know that he is nothing more than a Bush rubber stamp.
Last week Dreier countered our argument again but in a much different and far trickier way.
On Friday, Dreier sent Democrats throughout the 26th district a letter asking for their vote. Sounds simple, right? Well, Dreier's little trick was that the letter was signed by 9 local Democrats, both elected leaders and business leaders.
As I wrote at our blog, BushRubberStamp.com, the gist of why they're voting for him this year: they'd like us to believe that David Dreier is above the partisan fray. Riiiiight.
Let's take a look at this letter (pdf).
One of the problems facing our country is that so many elected officials back in Washington, D.C. put party loyalty ahead of problem solving. We see it on the news and read about it every day. Partisan attacks and party line votes persist while we miss opportunities for real solutions.
Congressman David Dreier is a different kind of leader.
Um, really? According to Congressional Quarterly (behind subscription firewall), David Dreier has voted with George W. Bush 93.6% of the time between 2001-2007. That includes 100% in 2001 and 2003. And even the San Gabriel Valley Tribune conceded that:
[Rep.] David Dreier...almost always vote[s] with fellow Republicans - more than 90 percent of the time in 2007.
Dreier is nothing BUT a partisan party line Republican. But the letter gets worse, going so far as to claim that Dreier's real priority is solving the 26th district's problems. If only.
What matters to David is that there are problems to solve and he is in a position to help. He knows that partisanship only stands in the way of progress - and he refuses to get caught up in it. [...]
David is exactly the kind of leader we need in Washington right now. He has the know-how to get things done. We are proud to support David in his campaign for Congress. His service and commitment to our communities will continue to benefit all of us in the district.
This is laughable as David Dreier's own record makes clear. And as I document over at the BushRubberStamp.com blog, Dreier's votes with Bush and big oil and against consumers concerned about high gas prices this year alone show he's nothing but a blind partisan Bush Republican.
So what we're doing is asking people to write letters to the editor in the district to let his constituents know what a Bush Rubber Stamp Dreier is, but we're also asking people to call the 'Dreier 9' to let them know whose agenda it is they'll be supporting in November: George W. Bush's. (I've listed the names and affiliations of the Dreier 9 and the office numbers of the 7 electeds among them over at the BRS blog.)
For more on Dreier's record, there's a list of some of Dreier's most egregious Bush rubber stamp votes HERE.
For more on the race, the race tracker wiki is HERE.
And if you know people in the Los Angeles/San Gabriel Valley area whom you think might be interested in this information about David Dreier, please spread the word.
I'm proud to work for the Courage Campaign.