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Toomey, Pitts ‘Win’ Club for Growth Scorecard

Club for Growth logo squareThe Club for Growth, a conservative organization that favors reduced federal spending and deregulation, has issued its scorecard for 2012 votes in Congress. Sen. Pat Toomey (R) and Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Chester) lead the delegation.

Toomey was the group’s president between his Senate runs in 2004 and 2010. He got a score of 93%, 6th in the country, and was granted a “Defender of Economic Freedom Award.”

How did he fall shy of his 97% score last year? His vote against the so-called Tea Party budget of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). Toomey authored his own budget in 2012, but opposed the politically perilous Paul plan.

The group did not score Toomey’s budget, which failed despite winning more votes than any other proposal.

Sen. Bob Casey (D) earned 17%.

“2012 was a difficult year for economic freedom,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Whether it was the GOP’s support of massive tax increases or the constant assault on liberty by the Obama administration, the pro-growth caucus in Congress has a lot of work to do in 2013.”

There were few surprises on the House side. Rep. Pitts remained atop the GOP delegation with a score of 71%. Rep. Tim Holden (D-Schuylkill) was the lowest at 8%.

Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Chester) was the worst-performing Republican with 55%. Rep. Mark Critz (D-Cambria) was the best-performing Democrat with 31%.

Here’s the full list:

Club for Growth 2012 PA House scores

3 Responses

  1. Wow…shocking that former Club For Growth Pres. Toomer did so well. And it is so presitigious to be honored by the rich and wealth gatherers as a defender of the rich and wealth gatherers. They are truly the last bastion of robber barons!

  2. Toomey got a “Defender of Economic Freedom Award.” ??

    Wow. Those are so rare. He must have heavily lobbied the “Bogus Awards Committee” to even be considered.

    I wonder if the award comes with a $5 off coupon at Red Lobster?

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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