Huffman-Bruun make early hits on health care vote

Mere hours after the House health care vote and GOP challengers Jim Huffman (vs. Ron Wyden) and Scot Bruun (vs. Schrader) issued press releases attacking their opponents. See below:

Huffman: “Wyden betrayed his own principles on health care”
Jim Huffman, candidate for U.S. Senate, expressed disappointment today after it became clear the Democrats had the votes to pass President Obama’s health insurance overhaul. “This was a real opportunity for Ron Wyden to show some leadership,” Huffman said. “But when the political heat was on, he turned into a follower.” Huffman praised the health care reform package Senator Wyden introduced in 2009, which was co-sponsored by Senator Robert Bennet, (R-UT.) “Senator Wyden’s health care reform plan had some very solid principles, such as the need for choice and competition,” Huffman said. “His plan had a lot of bipartisan support. But instead of sticking to his principles, Ron Wyden betrayed them and just toed his party’s line.” Last September, Ron Wyden spoke about the Obama health care reform approach with MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan. Wyden said: “I told the President you can’t change the American health care system, you can’t hold insurance companies accountable, you can’t protect taxpayers, you can’t keep premiums down without choice and competition.” Yet Senator Wyden voted for the Obama health care reform plan, which does not meet this standard. “Unfortunately, this is what we have grown to expect from a career politician,” said Huffman. “After 30 years in Congress, a partisan victory is more important to Ron Wyden than leading by standing up for his principles. Oregonians deserve better.” Jim Huffman announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on March 4th. He is the Erskine Wood, Sr. Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School, where he has taught for 37 years. He was Dean of the law school from 1993 through 2006.

WEST LINN, Ore — Scott Bruun, Republican candidate for Congress in Oregon’s Fifth District, released the following statement Sunday evening in light of the U.S House of Representative’s vote on healthcare reform:

“For the health and prosperity of American families, congress must change. And to change congress, we must change our congressman. This destructive bill is the latest and most damaging salvo from an arrogant and out-of-control congress.Last week Kurt Schrader faced hundreds of Oregon constituents who told him they were opposed to this plan, and the congressman went back to D.C. officially “˜undecided.’ After who-knows-what in backroom deals and presidential arm-twisting, Schrader decided to cast his lot by supporting what’s been called the “˜ideologically intoxicated super majority’ in Washington. The only thing bipartisan about Sunday’s vote was the opposition. Thomas Jefferson wrote that “˜it is the natural progress of things for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.’ With Sunday night’s vote on the Democrats’ partisan healthcare plan American liberty did more than yield, it was smashed and abandoned. The Democrats’ plan is the most damaging piece of federal legislation of our lifetime. It will increase our taxes, deficits and our healthcare costs, while diminishing access, choice and ultimately the very quality of our care. Not only is the bill of dubious constitutionality, it will also facilitate the largest raw transfer of legislative authority to the executive branch of government ever recorded in American history.”

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  • Jim Ray

    As a proponent of a Sales Tax for Oregon I’m not convinced the non Conservative Bruun wouldn’t also favor a National Sales Tax as the *”only remedy” to help cover the huge debts to be incurred for the Health Care disaster.

    *ref: Charles Krauthammer

    Republicans, such as Scott Bruun, a clone of Gordon Smith, is what has betrayed the Conservative nature of the party and brought us to the precipice of Socialized medicine in our country.

    • Time for Schrader to go home

      Jim Ray, your disingenuous comments are a vote in support of Schrader and his sweetheart Nancy Pelosi.
      Bruun does NOT support a national sales tax. The fact that you even suggest that is ridiculous. Anyone that knows him, knows Bruun has always been a proponent of tax cuts and the elimination of the capital gains tax. He will go to D.C. and he will work to repeal this healthcare atrocity and put people back to work.

      • Bronch O’Humphrey

        Bruun does, however, support an Oregon sales tax. What makes you think that wouldn’t transfer to the national stage? He wrote an op-ed a year or two ago about why exactly Oregon “needs” a sales tax.

        Is there anyone running against him in the primary? At least Schrader pretends to care about fiscal conservatism, as much as any blue dog.

        • MoreOrLess

          There will be many Rinos trying to ride the tea party coat tails to their Federal e’ dream job. Why not look at those who chose a career serving America rather than ruling it. Fred Thompson is running against Scott. He was with the Screaming Eagles in Nam and is a successful businessman. I am sick of spineless pandering politicians who promise to go socialist a little slower than the other commies.

      • Jim Ray

        “Time”, my comment is not disingenuous whatsoever. Scott Bruun advocated for a sales tax for Oregon. Unless you can provide me a source/quote from Bruun that staes that he would never support a National Sales Tax, my concern remains intact.

        BTW: I want Schrader voted out too but I’m no fan of sales tax advocate (non conservative) opponent. And that would be Scott Bruun! Capece?

    • Anonymous

      Bruun is more moderate than some purists want. That much is true. But he is a hell of a lot better than the alternative in Schrader. He would be a vote against Pelosi on most issues, and would help the GOP take back control of the committees.

      THINK people!!!

  • valley p

    “Jim Huffman, candidate for U.S. Senate, expressed disappointment today after it became clear the Democrats had the votes to pass President Obama’s health insurance overhaul. ”

    Someone should point out to Hoffman that Wyden voted for the Senate bill last December, not last night, which was a vote in the House, not the Senate. So if Hoffman is suddenly dissappointed, he has not been paying attention.

    For Scott Bruun, good luck running on a platform to take people’s health insurance away from them.

    • Steve Buckstein

      “Someone should point out to Hoffman that Wyden voted for the Senate bill last December, not last night…”

      v person, nothing in Huffman’s (not Hoffman’s) statement implied that Wyden voted last night. He was obviously referring to Wyden’s role in getting the Senate bill to the House in the first place.

      • valley p

        The implication is in the timing of his announcement. Thanks for the spelling correction.

        • Steve Buckstein

          Oh, so a politician is safe from criticism when other politicians make bad choices?

          • valley p

            I’m not sure I understand what you mean. I think it is fine to criticize Wyden for voting aye on the senate health care bill. My only point was that the timing is a bit odd, given he made his vote 3 months ago.

          • Steve Buckstein

            This being politics, Huffman wasn’t running against Wyden three months ago. It seems not the least bit odd that he would make the criticism now that he is a candidate.

  • Bob Clark

    Braun has said enough good things already to be considered a superior representative of the people than

    space cadet, and no value deal, Congressman Wu. Get rid of this latter encumbent.

  • Learn to read

    valley girl:

    Just read the press release. Huffman expressed disappointment that the D’s found the votes to pass the bill. THEN he lamented about Wyden’s lack of leadership and his missed opportunity.

    There is no “implication” that Wyden did anything last night. Quit trying to invent stupid stuff – it just makes you look stupid.

  • surefoot

    The chaotic Republicans do not recognize how malicious and callous they look, just watching the Republican Representatives on TV was an embarrassment; they acted like irate grade school children; with Tea Party members walk around in their circle each ranting to each other; never noticing that they don’t have much of a following. Before election time comes they we alienate even more voters with the hate fill rants on the radio shows and immature town hall yelling. Keep going down this path and see how many more drop off.

  • Chris

    Ray and Bronch,

    Instead of throwing bombs, why don’t you take the time to conduct research and educate yourselves on the issues first.

    Scott, who holds degrees in economics and finance, has previously advocated for a “state consumption tax” ONLY if the legislature can agree to significantly reduce income, property, capital gains, estate taxes etc.

    A consumption tax that replaces our state’s other forms of taxiation would significantly benefit fiscal conseratives, small business owners, families, and FORCE illegal aliens to pay into the system.

    In other words a consumption tax ( which would exempt medications etc) would reward those who are thrifty (read fiscally conserative) and punish those who spend, spend, spend.

    As of your assumption that Scott would vote for a national sales tax ( also know as a VAT) is just silly. What do you base that on? Do you know what happens when you make an ass-u-me anything.

    You cannot have your cake and eat it too. Sorry to take the air out of your sails. Again before you open your mouth to spew hate and non sense at least take the time to get your facts right first. Otherwise you risk looking ignorant, and no one wants that.

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