Seventh Congressional District candidate Jeff Wisdom issued a statement today regarding the vote on the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act and the fact the state Sen. Gary Nodler no-showed the vote.
"By filibustering the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act, a bill providing Ford with tax credits at the expense of small businesses that create jobs, while also sacrificing his committee chairmanship, State Senator Chuck Purgason demonstrated that he is true to his conservative convictions. Yet, it is surprising and troubling that many of his Republican colleagues in the senate failed to support him in the filibuster effort. One of my opponents, State Senator Gary Nodler, failed to even engage in the fight against this ill-conceived and reckless bill,” Wisdom stated. “That his vote would have failed to make a difference in the final outcome is not the issue - he did not fulfill his sworn responsibilities as a state senator to represent the people of his district by casting a vote for the legislative record.”
“According to his staff in Jefferson City, the senator was not present in the state capitol for the vote Wednesday morning. Instead, staffers said that he was spending the day in his district. According to a letter he wrote addressing the Taney County Republicans prior to last evening's candidate forum at College of the Ozarks, he was planning to attend an event in Springfield Tuesday night and would be in Branson campaigning on Wednesday. He apparently chose fundraisers and campaign events rather than upholding his duty to represent his constituents on this important issue. For many voters in Southwest Missouri, this type of aloof behavior often exhibited by career politicians calls into question their accountability or level of commitment to the conservative ideals desperately needed in Washington, DC,” said Wisdom.
“Elected representatives who lack the backbone and the political courage to oppose irresponsible fiscal policies are the reason there is a frustrated electorate. Passage of this bill is imprudent at a time when the state is facing the possibility of $1 billion in state budget cuts next fiscal year. If it were possible, I would have been standing alongside Senator Purgason in this filibuster. I am disappointed in those Senate Republicans who shirked their responsibilities, lacking the foresight or fortitude to stand up against bad legislation and united with Purgason in being a voice for the people,” concluded Wisdom.