Butler, PA – Mike Kelly (R-Butler) responded to Congresswoman Dahlkemper’s campaign’s myriad of comments this past Friday after it was revealed that her office has spent tens of thousands of dollars on issue-based franked mail on the backs of taxpayers the past couple of months.
• Dahlkemper Campaign: Campaign spokesperson said, “Mike Kelly clearly doesn’t understand how the U.S. House franking mail process works, or he simply doesn’t know what he’s talking about… It’s a fabricated issue.” (Erie Times News, 08/21/10). Mike Kelly response: “The Dahlkemper campaign is right, I don’t get it. Neither do a majority of voters in her district. We would love to have her educate us. The mailers may pass the ethical standards of inside-the-beltway Washington insiders but they sure as heck wouldn’t pass any kind of ethical standard for western Pennsylvania voters.”
• Dahlkemper Campaign: Campaign spokesperson said, “The Congresswoman believes this is a good, effective and perfectly proper way to communicate with 3rd District constituents.” (Meadville Tribune, 08/21/10). Mike Kelly response: “There are proper ways to use franking privileges and the way Congresswoman Dahlkemper has used them for her last three mailers does not qualify as proper according to me and a majority of the people of this district. Announcing townhall meetings, official office business or federal services is what franking privileges should be used for, not pushing campaign issues. One voter said it best on Friday when referring to her office’s ironic ‘Making Government Tighten Its Belt’ mailer, ‘Her belt tightening is my noose.’”
• Dahlkemper Campaign: Campaign spokesperson said, “With so many important issues to confront in this campaign, it’s sad that he (Kelly) is wasting time with these groundless and frankly, silly, charges.” (Sharon Herald, 08/21/10). Mike Kelly response: “Apparently the Dahlkemper campaign has yet to figure out that this example of systematic taxpayer dollar abuse is the typical arrogance of inside-the-beltway politicians, particularly this Democrat Congress. Their arrogance and hubris continues to baffle many taxpayers and voters, this one included.”