Republican Who Voted Against Sandy Relief Spends Eve of Storm’s Anniversary Fundraising in New York

Tom CoburnOklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has made quite the name for himself.  Unfortunately, most of what he’s made headlines for recently has been negative.

A great example came Monday when he was in New York City speaking at the New York Young Republicans Club, at a fundraising event, on the eve of the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

Why is this so deplorable?  Well, because Senator Coburn voted against Hurricane Sandy relief.

Nothing quite like voting against money to help millions of people whose lives were devastated by a massive hurricane—then, on the eve of that storm’s anniversary, you’re in one of the areas that was severely impacted—asking people for money.

Thankfully, some Republicans in the area have taken to criticizing members of their own party who voted against disaster relief, calling upon people in the areas that were impacted to stop opening up their wallets for the benefit of these politicians that abandoned them when they desperately needed help.

House Republican Peter King called these fundraising actions “disgraceful,” and current Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota agreed.  In fact, Mr. Lhota took it a step further by saying, “I don’t like when New York City is used as an ATM for senators and members of the House who voted against the interests of New York.”

But Coburn’s disgusting behavior didn’t just stop at fundraising in the area he voted against helping — he also went on to call Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid an “a–hole.”

Apparently Mr. Coburn blames Harry Reid for the problems in the Senate.  After all, he’s forced Republicans to continually set records for the number of filibusters used in the Senate, right?  He’s forced people like Texas Senator Ted Cruz to push the party so far to the right, Ronald Reagan wouldn’t even cut it in Cruz’s “perfect conservative world.”

And while I’m not the biggest fan of Harry Reid, Senator Coburn is out of his mind if he thinks Reid is the biggest problem in the Senate.

But as Rep. King said, it’s “disgraceful” that any politician who had the nerve to vote against Hurricane Sandy relief would ever visit the areas impacted seeking money from those they abandoned during their desperate time of need.  Especially on the eve of the anniversary of the storm that wreaked havoc across the northeast.

Monday’s fundraising event, and subsequent comments about Harry Reid, put on full display the true “moral character” of an individual like Tom Coburn.

He’s an absolute disgrace, and most everybody I know in Oklahoma is ashamed that he represents their state.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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