Americans for Prosperity opposes the trillion-dollar train wreck known as the Farm Bill, and has started a big, public push to get Congressman Phil Gingrey to vote against it. Nothing wrong with that, that’s their right as Americans. Also, the Farm Bill is a gigantic piece of manure stuck on the bottom of our national shoe that needs to be scraped off onto something else, like, say, Venezuela. In fact, the only thing wrong with telling Phil Gingrey to vote against it is -Phil Gingrey’s already against it. Another Georgia Congressman, however, is far more likely to vote in favor of the Farm Bill: Congressman Jack Kingston –a “senior member” of the Appropriations Committee who just last year shepherded an agriculture bill through the committee process.
So why would AFP target the congressman who’s already going to vote their way, and ignore another congressman who’s probably not going to vote their way? Say, have you heard about that Senate race in Georgia?
Kingston announced full-tilt for the Senate in April, and released a list of donors to demonstrate his broad appeal. Among those donors is James E. Stephenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Yancey Bros., -who also sits on the Board of Directors at Americans for Prosperity. Coincidence? In politics, there’s not only no such thing as coincidence, usually there’s not even an illusion of coincidence.
Americans for Prosperity says it “ranks members of Congress based on their votes for economic freedom,” though it doesn’t say how they arrive at those rankings. Nonetheless, by its own mysterious and opaque scoring system, Gingrey ranks 5% higher than Kingston, but Gingrey is the only congressman in Georgia being singled out for public pressure to vote “no” on the farm bill. Here’s an idea for AFP: Pressure all of Georgia’s Congressmen, even the ones who aren’t running for Senate, to vote no, because it’s the right thing to do.
And also because with the Senate primary contest still over a year away, it’s awfully early for an organization that does a lot of good to be playing games and picking favorites.