Isn’t it nice when Democrats tell everyone else what they can’t do and they exempt themselves?
Ralph Northam released his “Do as I say, not as I do” campaign finance reform plan this week. He wants to make it illegal to take many of the donations his campaigns have taken over and over and over again.
Northam, who has taken around $10 million in contributions during his career so far, suddenly thinks those contributions corrupt everyone else but him.
Northam says the system that he’s loved for so many years “makes them lose faith in government. (RTD)” Northam feels so terribly about all the money he’s taken that he wants to outlaw a lot of it as soon as he’s not campaigning anymore.
Yes, his plan is that once he’s locked in as a one-term-limited Governor, he’ll bring the hammer down and not a moment before.
Not exactly a profile in courage.
Northam, Virginia’s Lt. Governor, is battling former Congressman Tom Perriello for the Democrat nomination for Governor.
Not to be done on the hypocrisy scale, Perriello wants you, the taxpayer, to pay for all politicians’ campaigns. Perriello wants all contributions banned, while taking a half-million dollars from a single donor and a quarter-million from George Soros.
Isn’t it lovely when candidates refuse to even come close to practicing what they preach?
I don’t give a whole lot of credit to someone like Northam who bathes in campaign cash through multiple state Senate runs, an LG race and a run for Governor, but promises to put a stop to it once his state campaigns end.
And Perriello’s call for taxpayer-funded politics is just a way to make the media the primary way to hear from candidates – guess which Party that benefits?
But it’s Northam that comes off as inauthentic. How elitist and ivory-towered it is to cash the campaign checks and then, once your decade of campaigns come to a close, become the champion of campaign reforms you won’t have to live under.
While Democrats bicker over money coming into their campaigns, Republicans are campaigning about increasing the money families earn and keep through job creation and tax reform.
I think voters care about their own bank accounts more than those of politicians.