Idaho Democratic Senate nominee Tom Sullivan says Republican Sen. Mike Crapo is "putting his political fortunes ahead of rebuilding the country's economy" and cites the GOP's blocking of a small business jobs bill in the Senate.
Crapo's campaign manager, Jake Ball, said Sullivan's complaint is "hollow rhetoric" and said Crapo's backing of small business is "rock solid," including his opposition to tax increases and expanded regulation.
“This is Washington thinking at it’s worst,” Sullivan said in a news release. “Mike Crapo and his cohort of terminally entrenched incumbents have calculated that their best political strategy is to impede economic recovery. If his party were in power and stood to benefit from helping small businesses, he would never dream of standing in the way of job creation. The worse the economy gets, the better it plays politically for Mike Crapo, and he’s not going to lift a finger to fix this until after November.”
"Mike Crapo's record with small business issues is rock solid. He consistently votes for lower taxes, less regulation and more opportunity for businesses and individuals. Crapo’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate was recently endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business in which NFIB Vice President Lisa Goeas stated Crapo’s 'election is not only critical for the small business owners in Idaho, but also to protecting free enterprise across America.'
"Idaho business owners know that Crapo walks the talk when it comes to actively reducing barriers to business growth. Right now, Crapo is a co-sponsor of legislation to repeal a new burdensome paperwork requirement facing small businesses, which Senator Reid did not allow to come to a vote because he blocked all amendments. Attacks on Crapo’s record on encouraging free enterprise are nothing but hollow rhetoric."
The small business jobs bill supported by Sullivan and Senate Democrats would cut capital gains taxes expands health insurance deductions, and increases loans to small businesses.
“Mike Crapo and his merry band of Washington incumbents are guilty of fraud,” added Sullivan. “He campaigns for tax cuts in Idaho and then votes against small business tax cuts when in Washington. He campaigns for helping small businesses in Idaho but votes against increasing access to capital for small business loan programs when in Washington. He says he wants jobs in Idaho but votes against jobs when in Washington. We might be able to solve this whole problem by moving the capitol to Boise, but failing that, we need a Senator who will put his country’s well-being above his political fortunes.”
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