Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Towns' CAFTA Sellout was a Flip-Flop

The crack research staff at Public Citizen have documented Rep. Edolphus Towns' flip-flop on CAFTA. Check out this research report:
The Nov. 19, 2004, congressional floor speech of Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) left no doubt that he opposed a proposed Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). The lengthy statement described, in detail, why CAFTA would harm most people in the affected nations. Yet nine months later, on July 27, Towns cast a decisive vote in favor of CAFTA that allowed the controversial trade pact to eke through the U.S. House of Representatives 217 to 215. Although the CAFTA text was unchanged between Towns’ 2004 speech and the congressional vote on the six-nation expansion of NAFTA, Towns provided one of the deciding votes in favor of the trade agreement.

Selling out is bad enough. Going back on his word? A look at campaign finance records makes one hesitates before saying priceless.

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