Inglis – When it Suits His Needs
Yesterday, Congressman Bob Inglis [R, SC – 4], earned himself another opponent for his re-election bid in 2010.
The already packed field was joined by 7th Circuit Solicitor Trey Gowdy of Spartanburg. But this article isn’t about Gowdy. It will be up later today.
I have issues with a press release issued by the Inglis campaign yesterday. The original press release can be found here, excerpts are below.
Inglis to Gowdy: Take a leave of absence or take part-time pay
Greenville, SC – U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) said today that Trey Gowdy should either take a leave of absence from his job as 7th Circuit Solicitor or take part time pay.
“In these tight budget times when public employees are being furloughed, it doesn’t seem right to keep your full time pay when you’re going to be doing part-time work,” Inglis said. “Both times I ran for Congress while practicing law, my law firm paid me only on the basis of production. That’s the way it works in the private sector; it should work that way in the government sector. Trey should either take a leave of absence or turn in time sheets for part time pay.”
You may be asking yourself right now what is Gary’s problem. What is wrong with this? Here is my issue.
I support Inglis’ stance on Gowdy taking part time pay or a leave of absense if he is not performing his duties full time. This will need to be analyzed later. What I take issue with his when Inglis decides this is an issue.
For 24 months, 10 of those during tough economic times, Senators Brownback, Biden, Clinton, Dodd, McCain, Obama, and Representatives Hunter, Kucinich, Paul, Tancredo and Gov. Richardson all campaigned full time missing votes in their respective offices and Congressman Inglis didn’t bother to mention or call into question their absences then.
Gowdy was quick to point this out too! Today’s Herald Journal article highlights those positions when Inglis ran for Senate in ’98, DeMint for Senate in ’04, and Graham for Senate in ’02.
Which leads me to believe this is a PR stunt. It only matters to him, now that it directly affects him.