Or so he claims in his first ad.
Good ad, however, Marshall faces several problems with trying to be the poster child of fiscal responsibility. Marshall sacrificed his fiscal conservative principles when he voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending, YES on Barack Obama’s $787 Billion economic stimulus package (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; H.R.1), and YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy (Job Creation and Unemployment Relief Act; Bill S.3604&HR7110).
Marshall turned his back on fiscal responsibility in Fall 2008 when he TWICE voted for the Wall Street bailout plan (Thompson, Chuck, “Marshall: Bailout bill painful, necessary,” The Macon Telegraph, October 7, 2008). Not only that, he was willing to give up his seat over the issue. (Galloway, Jim, “U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall on bailout: ‘I am willing to give up my seat over this’,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 29, 2008).
Check out this NPR interview with Marshall on his bailout vote and how strongly he supported it (the end of the interview is very telling).
The former-Macon mayor would like you to believe that he is fighting for fiscal responsibility in Washington and helping his constituents through this bad economy. But why not look at Marshall’s hometown? Macon is faced with a possible double-dip recession and is listed in Forbes as one of America’s Top 10 Most Impoverished Cities. I’m just not buying that Marshall is the fiscal giant he claims to be.