The David Schweikert Campaign responded quickly to a post that ran earlier on Sonoran Alliance this evening. Here is that response:
TAX EQUITY NOT A TAX HIKE
It is often said that politicians can count on the laziness of a Journalist. Equally true is the maxim that you can count on politicians who rely on lazy journalists to get it wrong.
In reference to the post that David Schweikert had voted to raise fuel taxes while in the State House in 1993, nothing could be further from the truth. A modicum of competent legislative research would have revealed this. But when you are three days away from early balloting, truth tends to be set short shrift. The assertion that he raised taxes is at best hyperbole and at worst a besmirching of the scale that only intentional backbiting is so widely hailed for.
But then again, it is silly season.
Publius “relies” on a Gazette article from 1993 claiming that the passage of HB 2239 would have resulted in an .08 tax increase on motor carriers by amending then existing A.R.S. 28-104. What this bill did was to REPEAL the existing road-use tax that was then driving industry out of Arizona and compelling other OTR operations to avoid Arizona entirely – thus resulting in a loss of revenue. HB 2239 did what it was designed to do and provided tax equity and revenue generation through a wholesale repeal of a tax.
Schweikert NEVER voted for a fuel tax increase while in the legislature. Then again, he never got a $300 dollar haircut at Sassoon and also never filed for Bankruptcy. But then again, the wormholes of the blogosphere do have a pesky tendency to create their own reality, don’t they?
An examination of the record in actual retrievable sources like the House of Representatives Journal from 1993 shows the sponsors of the bill as Reps. Jerry Overton, Don Aldridge, Leslie Whiting-Johnson, Lela Steffey and Keith Bee – not exactly a liberal cabal. Governor Fife Symington signed the bill into law, thereby ushering in a period where trucking jobs were saved in Arizona by legislators that were on the warpath to reform. Publius doesn’t just owe David Schweikert an apology, but all the conservative members of the “1990’s reformers” who voted for this bill – Speaker Mark Killian among them.
In stark contrast to Publius’ claims that Schweikert is a tax hiker on an issue so sensitive these days as fuel costs, stands a pesky little thing called truth. The truth is that David Schweikert has the most solid record on the economy and taxes in Congressional District 5 due to his true conservative roots as reflected in his Club For Growth endorsement. In fact, the only person in this primary who has a true understanding of the tax-transportation interface is David Schweikert. He had technical competence relative to tax structures in 1993 and with his background in finance still has one today. As revealed by this faux pas, as between David Schweikert and Harry Mitchell, only Schweikert has a record of getting something done on transportation fuel costs.
We expected the DCCC to unleash their spin machine of distortions on Schweikert’s record as a legislator – and on cue, they did so last month with a push poll and press release claiming that David wanted to raise taxes (For those of you just tuning in, that actually means something when the democrat opponent picks you as the one he wants to try and tear down before he has to face you in the general). We were, however, surprised and disappointed to see such a false attack come from a contributor to SA. Ultimately, Publius and whomever he is trolling for owe the readers of this blog an apology and retraction. At worst he has insulted our intelligence. While he may think we doth protest too much, it would not be beyond sensibility to discount the remainder of what Publius will say in this venue.
Campaign Manager – David Schweikert for Congress