Rick Santorum Is The 'Jesus' Candidate? How About The 'Lobbyists' Candidate? Or The 'Crook' Candidate?
Santorum's Sleazy Side Is Just Below The Surface!
To hear Rick Santorum tell it, he is the 'Jesus' candidate. Poor Jesus! Santorum must be hoping that his actions while in the U.S. Senate will go unnoticed; that voters won't find out or won't care that when he was a Senator, he played a key role in The 'K' Street Project, where he was the point man in 'pay to play' politics that ended up with the imprisonment of Jack Abramoff. As a part of the K Street scheme, Rick Santorum was, by almost all accounts, the Senate liason who met with lobbyists every week and scheduled access to his Senate colleagues in the 'pay to play' scandal. A lesser known fact is that Santorum used those same lobbyists to his financial advantage, taking 'contributions' in exchange for promoting and sponsoring legislation favorable to their corporate interests. Maybe Santorum, ever Jesus-like, thought the 'contributions' were a modern method of tithing.
In 2006, the Citizens For Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) named Santorum one of the most corrupt members of Congress. Why? Because they don't like Jesus? Not quite! CREW had valid reasons in 2006, and those reasons should be made common knowledge for anyone who might think of voting for the defender of Family Values in a Republican primary.
What The CREW Report Says About Rick 'Jesus' Santorum!
The report on Santorum's indiscrections is thorough, and if Santorum had won his bid for re-election (Why wouldn't anyone want to vote for Jesus?), he might have ended up as a cell mate for Tom Delay or even Randy 'Duke' Cunningham!
- Santorum, while living with his family for eleven months of the year in Virginia, told Pennsylvania school officials that the family was residing in Pennsylvania. Because the good taxpayers of Pennsylvania believed Santorum's false statements, they paid an estimated $70,000.00 to educate Santorum's children in an online charter school. Didn't Ohio mother Kelley Williams-Bolar recently get convicted and sent to jail for lying about her address in order to get her kids into a better school district? Her name is obviously NOT Jesus...
- The CREW report details Santorum's legislative assistance in exchange for contributions to his political action committee, America's Foundation. From AccuWeather to the U.S Tobacco Corporation to the Miller Brewing Company to Anheuser-Busch, to, of all things, Puerto Rico's healthcare industry, Santorum received contributions from all of these players when he coincidentally authored or sponsored legislation to support their interests. Santorum was so intent on helping Puerto Rican healthcare interests that he introduced not one, but two bills to help Puerto Rican hospitals secure Medicare reimbursements.
- In 2002, Santorum received a home loan from a private Philadelphia bank that only makes loans to people who are investors. Lo and Behold! The Santorums were NOT investors...While that may not sound like something illegal, the Senate has specific rules for just those situations, and because Santorum was not a client of the bank, the loan is then classified as a 'gift'.
Other Santorum Fun Facts!
Rick Santorum, since leaving the Senate, has worked, according to Bill Allison, editorial director for the Sunlight Foundation, as a "stealth lobbyist". Santorum has been hired by multiple organizations to influence public policy on behalf of several corporate clients. Last year alone, Santorum earned well over a million dollars in this capacity. He, like Newt Gingrich, classifies the work as being a 'consultant', never admitting that this type of 'consultant' is nothing more than an undercover lobbyist.
Santorum has openly expressed his views that he is against contraception, abortion, gay marriage, gays in the military and giving "blah" people (everyone but Santorum heard him say "black people") other peoples' money, but many are unaware that in his 2005 book, "It Takes A Family", Santorum points out his opposition to women who work outside the home and comes out against feminism, as well.
The great defender of family values, the 'Jesus' candidate, has some issues, to say the least. If his candidacy for President proves to have legs, the scrutiny of his past misdeeds and questionable sense of ethics will most likely sink his chances of winning the Republican nomination. Rick 'Jesus' Santorum is but another character actor in the clown car of Republican hopefuls for the 2012 Presidential election.