“I have a personal relationship with a woman and I have been completely open about it,” Rep. Shuster told the Indiana Gazette. “I’ve put in place things I didn’t have to do to make sure that woman — who works for the airline industry — doesn’t lobby my office. She doesn’t lobby the committee.”
The problem? That statement is not true.
Casey Contres, the Congressman’s spokesman, said that Shuster meant Rubino doesn’t lobby Shuster’s aides on the Committee.
Primary opponent Art Halvorson hit the incumbent hard on this issue.
“Bill Shuster’s Clinton-like statement regarding ‘that woman’ is yet more evidence that Shuster is not a serious, trustworthy representative for the people,” Halvorson spokesman Joe Sterns said. “Shuster lives a rock star’s lifestyle funded by our tax dollars and lobbyists’ money, while his constituents suffer under a weak economy, rising health care costs, and a punishing tax burden created, in part, by his lousy votes for Obamatrade, the Wall Street Bailout, debt increases, and funding for Obamacare. Shuster has violated the people’s trust through his corrupt and arrogant behavior. He has repeatedly betrayed the people who gave him his power, and soon they will hold him accountable for his deceit. In a few weeks, the voters will rise up and reclaim the power that Shuster has for too long abused.”
The 9th Congressional District encompasses all of Indiana, Cambria, Blair, Huntingdon, Franklin, Fulton, Bedford, Somerset, Fayette, Greene, and Washington Counties.