Democrats, Nancy Pelosi, and their union cronies want one of their own -- Democrat Christie Vilsack -- in Congress, and their Super PACs have joined forces to falsely smear Rep. Steve King (R-IA) for accepting schedule pay increases even though King “has consistently voted to freeze his own pay.” The attacks make it seem as if King had been voting himself pay increases, which has been documented to be demonstrably false.
According to Mallory Factor’s book, Shadow Bosses, Gerald McEntee, president of AFSCME was paid $555,367.46 last year while his treasurer was paid even more -- $847,810. The book notes that Andy Stern, retired president of SEIU, paid himself $306,388 during his last year and AFSCME paid 16 executives more than $200,000. These folks want to keep this gravy train going, and they know Vilsack will be a reliable vote for their interests in Congress.
And as noted by the blog Caffeinated Thoughts, Christie Vilsack’s husband Tom, while he was Governor of Iowa, signed a $26,000 pay raise to himself and “accepted another substantial raise as Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture.”
“Iowans despise hypocrisy,” said King, according to Caffeinated Thoughts. “This isn’t the pot calling the kettle black. This is the pot, the kettle, and the crock calling the porcelain dish black.”
Caffeinated Thoughts pointed out that FactCheck.Org and The Ames Tribune have called out Vilsack for lying, and reported King “did not vote in favor of those pay increases.” In fact, as the Ames Tribune wrote, “King has voted to freeze the pay of all federal employees, including members of Congress.” As Caffeinated Thoughts documented, King voted against a pay raise for himself the only two times it came up as a stand-alone vote. These voters were in 2010 and in 2012.
“Christie and Tom Vilsack would become one of the most lavishly overcompensated government couples in history,” said King. “Sending Christie Vilsack to Congress would nearly double the tax dollars to the Vilsacks who would be knocking down over $373,000 a year, not including double dipping into four taxpayer funded pensions.”