Former Democratic Party VP nominee, and now sitting Senator of Virginia, Tim Kaine noticed an op-ed by local Tea Party activist Jonathan Decker calling him out for an alleged Obamacare carve-out meant just for Congress and their staffs. He swung and missed, and the Roanoke Times covered up his miss in a shocking display of journalistic bias.
It all began when my friend, and colleague, Jonathan Decker wrote this op-ed for the Roanoke Times. The parting shot that got the Senator’s attention, and earned his ire, were these words:
Shame on Senator Kaine for believing Virginia residents are incapable of seeing through this ridiculous claim. It’s bad enough that Senator Kaine is personally enjoying taxpayer-funded health care when the law says he should be paying his own premiums. His bald-faced denial makes it so much worse.
Tim Kaine took a swing at the young Tea Party activist, only, the problem is, he hit a foul ball and struck out!
How did he miss so badly? The good Senator actually made the claim that 150 million Americans get their insurance through the Obamacare exchanges. Phil Kerpen schooled the Senator on his foul ball, and the tweet went viral:
It was clearly a foul ball, but the Senator must have thought this was golf, because he asked for, and was granted, a mulligan by the Roanoke Times, who stealth edited the Senator’s op-ed. Once again, this was caught by Kerpen.
The editors decided that the foul ball was a hit after all, by deleting the gross error. Only, there is no “away” in the internet, so the attempt to give the Senator a mulligan was itself a strike-out. You can clearly see, Kaine was claiming that 150 million Americans were on the Obamacare exchanges.
What is a paper to do when it is caught with its thumb on the scale in favor of one partisan side over the other?
Not only did the Senator want a mulligan, now THE WHOLE PAPER needed one!
This happened after Corey Stewart called them on the stealth edit (see below) and Decker and Kerpen issued a response to the Senator’s op-ed.
The two end their response with this paragraph:
Thanks in part to President Trump’s tweets on the subject, it is no longer a secret that Congress receives a bailout from Obamacare via a corrupt scheme to masquerade as a small business. If Congress is unsuccessful in repealing Obamacare before September 30, let’s hope President Trump will end Congress’s Obamacare bailout and finally force politicians like Kaine to learn firsthand what it’s like to pay for Obamacare without subsidies.
The whole thing caught the attention of The Federalist, which wrote in part:
Kaine quoted an Office of Personnel Management official as saying that “Members of Congress will not receive anything that is not available to the public,” when in reality, as Decker lays out in the piece, Barack Obama illegally directed OPM to restore “employer contributions” for lawmakers and congressional staffers averaging $12,000 a year, which Congress takes advantage of by having the House and Senate falsely file themselves as small businesses with the DC Small Business Health Exchange.
But the next day, after all this fuss, the piece magically reappeared, sans the deleted bits and any editorial explanation for either the edit of the original or for why it had been taken offline.
Journalistic integrity may play a backseat to partisan leaning in some venues, but be assured, when you try to call a mulligan after you strike out, the real umpire, the internet, will still call FOUL!
Alabama U.S. Senate Hopeful Tommy Tuberville Ran Wall Street Hedge Fund That Fell Apart Due to Fraud
Tuberville’s incompetence led to a hedge fund going down in flames.
After posting a mediocre record at Auburn University as a football coach, fledgling Alabama U.S. Senate contender Tommy Tuberville failed miserably on Wall Street founding a hedge fund mired in fraud.
Tuberville partnered with former Lehman Brothers broker John David Stroud over a decade ago to form TS Capital Management and TS Capital Partners. The ventures ended up sinking amidst fraud allegations, which resulted in Stroud being sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Tuberville did not end up in jail, but his involvement in the project led to his own investors suing him. The investors accused him of being involved in the fraud and neglecting his fiduciary responsibility to protect their investments. Tuberville reached a private settlement with the investors in 2013.
On the campaign trail, Tuberville has downplayed his role the failed hedge fund, claiming dubiously that he was only “an investor like the rest of them.”
“They sued me because I invested in it, and he used my name to get other people to put money in,” he said. “There was nothing ever implicated by anybody that I’d done anything wrong. I felt bad that he used my name.”
An examination of public court documents show that Tuberville is misrepresenting his role in the operation. Tuberville greeted potential investors and sold them on the venture, had business cards listing him as managing partner, and even leased his BMW and had health insurance provided through the business. Email records show that he was kept in the loop about the day-to-day operations of the company, including hiring.
Tuberville’s campaign chairman, Stan McDonald, noted that the candidate’s role in the hedge fund “was a big mistake, and he’s paid for it.”
“Coach Tuberville was as surprised as anyone to learn Stroud had lost all the money, including Coach’s. He never received a dime; it was a dead loss for him and his family,” Mr. McDonald said. “The Lord humbles us on many occasions, and this was such a moment for Coach.”
Overall, Tuberville lost $2 million from his Wall Street blunders. As is the case with many prospective politicians, Tuberville could not hack it in the private sector so he is attempting to get a government paycheck instead.
Big League Politics has reported on Tuberville’s campaign as he attempts to stop his “America First” opponent Jeff Sessions from reclaiming his Senate seat. Tuberville has been ducking Sessions, hoping to stay under the radar as he clings to a shrinking lead in the polls:
As the Republican primary runoff for nomination for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, football coach Tommy Tuberville is doubling down on a strategy of refusing to debate former Senator and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, leaving serious questions about his immigration policy positions unanswered.
Tuberville hopes to cruise to an easy victory on the basis of support from Donald Trump, who remains incensed at Sessions over a feud related to his former Attorney General’s recusal from Robert Mueller’s witch hunt Russia investigation. But Sessions has emphasized that the feud- now in the past- can’t be all that comes under consideration for Alabama’s Republican voters.
Tuberville steadfastly refuses to clarify some of his troubling statements related to immigration policy, including stating that the United States needs 400,000 Indian visa workers to provide labor for America’s corporations. Tuberville continues to rebuff attempts from Sessions to organize a debate to discuss actual policy before the July 14th runoff election, which will determine who will go on to face Democrat Doug Jones in November.
Sessions reiterated that Tuberville refuses to participate in a debate in a tweet responding to President Trump’s latest criticism of him, pointing out that Tuberville’s GOPe sympathies render him a suspect so-called supporter of the President’s ‘MAGA’ agenda.
In yet another demonstration of stark anachronism with Republican voters of today, Tuberville has even said that “we can’t worry about China” in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
In stark contrast with Tuberville, Jeff Sessions has what is almost certainly the strongest conservative track record on immigration policy of any former Senator or congressman. He’s almost single-handedly derailed several amnesty attempts, and most recently led the charge in calling for a federal immigration moratorium in response to the coronavirus recession that President Trump has partially implemented.
The GOP runoff primary election between Tuberville and Sessions will take place on July 14. The winner will go on to face incumbent Doug Jones in the general election in November.
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