Lentz Follows Marching Orders from Nancy Pelosi
Lentz Endorses More Government BailoutsDREXEL HILL, PA – During an event yesterday with Senator Bob Casey, Bryan Lentz endorsed additional government bailouts by announcing his support for HR 5297. Lentz announced his support just days after the Democratic leadership, under the direction of Nancy Pelosi, encouraged its members to play defense on economic issues. “Bryan Lentz is following Nancy Pelosi’s playbook to a tee. Her Democratic leadership starts to talk about HR 5297 on Friday, and what does Bryan Lentz do on Monday? He quickly responds by becoming part of the Pelosi echo chamber,” said Bryan Kendro, campaign manager for Pat Meehan. “HR 5297 authorizes the government to purchase ownership interest in banks with no requirement to lend to small businesses, a major problem with TARP I and TARP II. We don’t need more money thrown at government bureaucracy, but rather our small businesses need more certainty to plan and invest for the future. It’s too bad that Bryan Lentz would rather follow marching orders from Democratic leadership than opposing this deeply flawed legislation,” added Kendro. Kevin Shivers with the National Federation of Independent Business also commented on Bryan Lentz’s poor record when it comes to helping small businesses. “As a state legislator, Bryan Lentz has repeatedly voted against small business owners and their workers on vital issues such as healthcare, taxes and mandates. Rather than working to assist the real needs of small businesses in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Lentz has focused his energy on raising taxes, creating more regulatory headaches for small business and stifling job creation,” said Shivers. “With that record, it’s no wonder he’s going on defense on economic issues.” Democrats in Congress Play Defense on Economic Issues…”Democrats on Friday touted the small-business records of several of their younger members who face uphill reelection battles…The effort, part of the Democrats’ six-week summer messaging campaign, is designed to tout Democrats’ accomplishments while pressuring Republicans on how they would lead if the GOP took control of Congress.” (Jordan Fabian, “Democrats plug vulnerable members’ small-business records, The Hill, August 27, 2010) “House Democrats plan a six-week messaging campaign for the August recess in which they’ll warn voters that putting Republicans back in power would mark a return to failed George W. Bush administration policies. The strategy, coordinated with the White House and the Democrats’ campaign committees, is designed to put Republicans on defense by forcing them to explain where – and how – they would lead the country should they win control of Congress.” (Michael O’Brien, “Democrats’ summer strategy,” The Hill, July 27, 2010) …And Bryan Lentz Quickly Follows Suit by Endorsing the Same Flawed Economic Legislation”State Rep. Bryan Lentz, D-161, of Swarthmore, the Democratic candidate for the 7th Congressional District, and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., met with local small business owners on Monday to discuss job creation. Casey described legislation that would establish a $30 billion fund for community banks to boost lending to small businesses looking to hire employees and expand their operations. The legislation, House Resolution 5297, also known as the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act, was passed by U.S. House of Representatives earlier this summer, but has not been passed in the Senate.” (Danielle Lynch, “Lentz, Casey tout small business bill,” Delaware County Daily Times, August 31, 2010)
About Pat Meehan
A former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the former District Attorney of Delaware County, Pat Meehan has a proven record of rooting out government waste and corruption, prosecuting tough criminal cases, and implementing innovative new programs to make our communities safer. As U.S. Attorney, Meehan helped coordinate the region’s terrorism preparedness and response, held manufacturers responsible for illegally discharging hazardous materials into the region’s waters, and established a group to crackdown on predatory lending. Pat, his wife Carolyn and their three sons Patrick, Jack and Colin, reside in Drexel Hill, Delaware County. For more information, please visit www.meehanforcongress.com.