Heritage Foundation Organizing Arm Calls for Removal from GOP Leadership Committee
The following release came out today from the Bill Hedrick for Congress campaign.
One of Washington’s most influential conservative policy institutes came out criticizing the record of U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert on federal spending and called for his removal from a key House GOP leadership committee.
The organizing arm of the Heritage Foundation, perhaps the most-respected and influential of Washington D.C.’s Republican-leaning think tanks, blasted Calvert (R-Corona) as part of a group of members “responsible for Republicans losing their way on spending….”
The post by Heritage Action for America also criticizes Calvert, and others, for his continued support for earmarks and calls for his removal from the House Republican Steering Committee, a key committee that determines committee assignments, to reform Congress.
“Plain and simple, Ken Calvert was a willing accomplice to President Bush’s creation of massive amounts of debt,” said Bill Hedrick, Calvert’s Democratic challenger and a member of the Corona-Norco Board of Education. “From his vote to bail out Wall Street, his abuse of taxpayer-funded franked mail and his profiting $435,000 after increasing the value of his properties through his own earmarks, the guy just cannot be trusted to do the right thing with our money.”
This isn’t the first time Calvert has been criticized for his record on federal spending. Popular conservative blog RedState.com waged an “Open Declaration of War” against House Republican leadership in May 2007 over the selection of Calvert to the Appropriations committee, citing his history with earmarks. Calvert was deemed as the wrong choice to replace corruption-plagued former U.S. Rep. John Doolittle.
Bill Hedrick has dedicated 35 years to teaching our children and advocating for educators in our public schools. He currently serves on the Corona-Norco Unified School District Board of Education, overseeing the 8th largest school district in California, serving 53,000 students. Bill is the board’s longest serving member at 22 years and has served five terms as president. In 2008, he came within 3,100 votes of unseating Congressman Ken Calvert, making the 2010 rematch for California’s 44th Congressional District one of the most competitive in the state.