Monday, March 19, 2012

Jim Renacci Hung Out With a Bunch of Lobbyists

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 10:07 AM


Jim Renacci is fond of lobbing the "Washington insider" label at Betty Sutton, his opponent in the race for all the crown jewels and combination gas stations/Taco Bells in the Ohio 16th.

It's one of those completely empty phrases that sounds good in a TV commercial when the candidate is standing in front of an American flag backdrop, and one that also plays well with... um, we don't know... idiots, probably. Worse than conveying no actual information to the voter, it's disingenuous and lame, even for a cliche, no different than a 30-second ad where, say, Renacci is wearing a blue shirt and then tells you he doesn't wear blue shirts, ever. And, oh yeah, Washington is broken!

Anyway, CBS did an undercover investigation into a recent lobbyist vacation/fundraiser down in Key Largo Florida hosted by 11 freshmen Republican Congressman, including Jim Renacci. (See, he's not a Washington insider, he's a Florida insider.)

For $10,000, lobbyists got prime access to their favorite non-Washington-insider Republican pals, including happy hour, golf, fishing, and some light over-the-pants action.

The point here isn't that Renacci did anything wrong — there's nothing illegal about the fundraiser — it's just that he's a steaming dungpile of hypocrisy. He totally wears blue shirts. Video below.

(Via Plunderbund)

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