June 27th, 2009 By | News | Posted In: Congress, Republicans, Public Policy

Local GOP: Facts Don't Matter?


When it comes to debating policy issues, most people will tend to respect their opponents more if they at least use verifiable facts when making their arguments and not outlandish statements that are easily shredded.

 Such is the case with Hamilton County Republican Party Chairman Alex Triantafilou and his attacks on U.S. Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-Westwood) over the recent "cap and trade" bill that seeks to limit carbon dioxide emissions.

On the local GOP blog today, Triantafilou wrote, "Mr. Driehaus' party-line voting history is a far departure from the independent voice of Steve Chabot. Mr. Driehaus has failed to put a CAP on frivolous spending and higher taxes in Washington so the voters should TRADE him for Steve Chabot in 2010."

In what alternate dimension is Chairman Alex living in?

As several Congressional watchdog groups and public policy centers have noted over the years, Chabot -- Driehaus' Republican predecessor in the 1st District seat -- was one of President Bush's most ardent supporters. A review of Chabot's voting record reveals he usually sided with the president a whopping 92 percent of the time.

No matter whether you believe the threat of global warming has been overstated for political gain or if human activity is the driving force behind climate change, there are some facts that are simly unescapable. One is Chabot's voting record.

06.28.2009 at 02:21 Reply
Alex is nothing but another GOP demagogue who has nothing to offer the people but nasty taunts. He is a member of the Party Of No, after all. Alex is also a freaking coward who likes to mock cancer patients because they lost their hair due to chemo. Alex won't allow comments on his sh!tty little blog, which nobody reads, because he's afraid to respond to them.


06.29.2009 at 10:41 Reply
Driehaus' vote to support this politically moderate, yet monumental, energy bill represents the interests of the constituents of District 1, which is, based on the votes this past year, about as moderate-leaning as you can get (having narrowly switched to a Democrat from a Republican). I fully stand behind Driehaus in voting for this bill, and believe he made this decision in the interests of his constituents. This bill, by supporting sources of energy that are limitless rather than sources that will eventually run out (there is only so much oil available, no matter where you tap it), will mobilize the US as a world leader in a global renewable energy economy. This is a chance to re-establish the US at the forefront of modern technology. Otherwise, we will see China and India take the lead... Driehaus 2010 - represent!


06.30.2009 at 06:19 Reply
Newpaper reporters always like to quote these facts about congressmen voting "with" the president. I find this interesting, since the president can introduce NO legislation to the house or senate, and has NO vote on anything there. So in what capacity did Steve Chabot vote "With" President Bush? I guess when they had lunch together, 92% of the time he voted to eat the same meal as W. For people who consider themselves the watchdog branch of the government, journalists seem to be the least educated on how our government is structured, what the rules are and how it functions. I guess government isn't a required class in a journalism major.


06.30.2009 at 09:28 Reply
George, you really are grumpy. Everyone knows a president can set the agenda for his party to follow. Bush did it with the Iraq War, Obama did it with cap and trade. Maybe YOU should educate yourself.