Edwards: Vote On Stimulus Bill “May Cost Me An Election”

Veteran Democratic Central Texas Congressman Chet Edwards told the Dallas Morning News Monday that his vote in favor of the massive stimulus package could cost him the election.

Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco (File photo)

DALLAS (October 4, 2010)—Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco, who faces the toughest challenge in his congressional career from retired energy executive Bill Flores of Bryan, told the Dallas Morning News Editorial Board Monday that his vote in favor of the massive stimulus package “may cost me an election,” but said supporting the measure was the right thing to do.

The paper reports that Edwards admitted Monday he’s trailing in the race for an 11th term in Congress and said he relishes being the underdog.

Edwards told the newspaper that the stimulus plan and the financial industry bailout in 2008 were both essential to preventing an economic collapse, but admitted his support of the two measures could cost him votes.

Flores was also scheduled to appear before the newspaper’s editorial board, but canceled because he said he had a medical appointment, The Morning News reported.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 19, 2010 at 02:32 PM
    Bill Flores would privatize the VA meaning veterans would not get all the care they need, be open to raising Social Security retirement age to 70, privatize Social Security so we can all play the stock market with the chance of making a million bucks or losing it all, eliminate Medicare/Medicaid, deny funding and jobs to places like A&M, be ok with the use of bankruptcy to stick the taxpayer with millions of dollars in unpaid loans, & repeal healthcare reform. Being a loyal Republican & wishing to repay those who spent millions getting him elected by running attack ads against Chet Edwards, I am sure Flores would support other Republican ideas currently being pushed. Flores would agree with repealing the Fair Labor & Standards Act as unconstitutional & an intrusion by big government into American lives. Do away with the minimum wage, overtime, safety standards & worker protections, outsource more U>S> jobs, hide more tax money owed in offshore accounts.Business as usual.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 19, 2010 at 01:55 PM
    Causes: Extreme deregulation and removal of oversight and safeguards put in place during the Great Depression. Allowing commercial banks to merge with investment banks and insurance companies creating multi-billion-dollar companies deemed too big to fail (but they did fail.) No rules or oversight let Man's Greed run free to take risks that put America at risk. Many got filthy rich(er) while driving America to the edge of financial ruin. Ability to hide taxes owed in offshore accounts, jobs outsourced, faulty mortgages, shady deals with hedge funds and the derivative market, especially Credit Default Swaps (trading of insurance policies). Republicans now claim amnesia and deny they were in charge but they were the ones who put most of this in place. Now they expect Obama and the Democrats to work miracles and clean up the mess they claim they did not make! Republicans believe when caught with your pants down--as they often literally are-- Deny! Deny! Deny!
  • by Matt Location: Waco on Oct 18, 2010 at 11:09 AM
    What Bush policy actually tanked the economy? I hear democrats say it, but don't really understand.
  • by ddawg Location: Crawford on Oct 16, 2010 at 07:26 PM
    No, Chet. It wasn't just that. It's your following Pelosi and the Dems for the last several years. It's funny how in the last 18 months, when things started to sour for Obama, you're all of a sudden turning much more conservative. Pretty self-serving, I'd say. I've vote for you in the past, but honestly, no more. Is the VA & veterans the ONLY thing you can really run on? It's not enough anymore, nope. I believe you're a nice man, but it's time our SMART with our money and use common sense with policies. Time for a change.
  • by Dan Location: Waco on Oct 14, 2010 at 03:27 PM
    Ha fed up whines about dems not using their real names and then posts under his own assumed name and goes on to lie about the d% ems being in control through Bush's disaster of a presidency which is an outright lie. Now he wants to play the guilty by association game well if we are going to play that game 80% of the GOP needs to go for being sheep to Bush's policies. Typical right wing hypocrisy. At least get your facts straight before you start spewing propoganda. The truth is Chet has done more for veterans than any senator in this state. Voting him out is just foolish. Lets focus on getting rid of the real crooks like Perry.
  • by Real American Location: Waco on Oct 14, 2010 at 10:07 AM
    Excuse me. I'm a Real American and I vote for Chet.
  • by david Location: waco on Oct 14, 2010 at 09:40 AM
    give pelosi a call maybe she can help!!!!
  • by ann Location: temple on Oct 13, 2010 at 01:21 PM
    It is not just his one vote in support of the stimulus package, it is his pattern of voting behavior. With a wig and lipstick, he could be Nancy Pelosi.
  • by Marlin Location: Texas on Oct 13, 2010 at 11:54 AM
    Edwards is complaining that he may lose this time because of the stimulas he voted for? Okay, let's say that is the ONLY thing that he's voted for which was against the people who's votes he wants, and then he explains that it all wasn't his fault. Let's just say that's true, even if it isn't. Edwards has been a liberal big spender forever. It is just this time it all caught up to him, with a viable alternative, and a lot of VOTERS who are not willing to put up with him any longer. The vets know that his actions have not been for their good, JUST HIS IMAGE. He "defends" the VA Hospital, but it NEVER gets any better. The vets are treated like dirt there, they are routinely denied services, services rendered are substandard, and facilities are attrotious! I know, I have seen just about every VA hospital in this area when I go there with the American Legion Riders. They are pathetic and private hospitals/insurance would be better. I say privatize the VA, and I'M A VETERAN in it's care!
  • by WB Location: Hubbard on Oct 13, 2010 at 10:50 AM
    if you like what obama, pelosi and reid stand for the chet is your man. Real Americans want someone else
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