Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Michigan Democrats Expose “Pete Hoekstra’s Greatest Hits” with New Website and Web Ads

From Michigan Democratic Party
Hoekstra Has Promised to Pursue Incredibly Anti-Middle Class, Out-of-the-Mainstream Positions; New Site and Web Ads Expose Hoekstra’s Outrageous Record
LANSING – Earlier today the Michigan Democratic Party unveiled a new website and Web ads to hold Pete Hoekstra accountable for his incredibly out-of-the-mainstream and anti-middle class agenda. Accessible at, the website covers the outrageous policy positions embraced by the Tea Party Caucus co-founder and current employee of a Washington lobbying firm.
“After spending nearly two decades in Congress fighting for special interests and an outrageous Tea Party agenda, Pete Hoekstra stepped right through the revolving door to go to work at a Washington lobbying firm,” said Mark Brewer, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. “This new website and Web ads will hold Hoekstra accountable for his plans to raise taxes on middle-class families, end Medicare as we know it and force seniors to pay thousands more for health insurance. Hoekstra’s own record makes it clear he stands with the special interests he works for in Washington, not Michigan families.”
Pete Hoekstra spent nearly two decades in the House of Representatives fighting to reward corporations that outsource American jobs, co-sponsoring personhood legislation that would outlaw birth control and voting for GOP plans to raise taxes on middle-class families. In 2010, Hoekstra co-founded the Tea Party Caucus with Michele Bachmann, but has told supporters in Michigan that he “was tea party before tea parties existed.”
As a result of his bold-faced anti-middle class activism, Hoekstra has been endorsed by Tea Party leaders like Sharron Angle, Rep. Steve King, Herman Cain and Rep. Michele Bachmann.
The new MDP website, found at, and Web ads showcase the Top 10 most outrageous, anti-middle class positions that Hoekstra has taken over his career, in his own words. Hoekstra has already tried to distance himself from his record and this site will serve as a one-stop shop for voters wondering who Hoekstra would really fight for if elected to the U.S. Senate.
Pete Hoekstra’s Top 10 Anti-Middle Class Hits
1. Hoekstra Would End Essential Health Services for Women
Hoekstra wants to ban birth control and allow insurance companies to deny coverage for mammograms and prenatal tests, which would add a greater financial burden to middle-class families.
2. Hoekstra Crusades for End to Medicare, Privatize Social Security
Hoekstra says he wants to end Medicare as we know it and privatize Social Security.
3. Hoekstra Fights to Raise Middle-Class Taxes
Hoekstra endorsed Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan even though it would raise taxes on Michigan families by an average of $4,400.
4.  Hoekstra Fights For Special Interests
Hoekstra voted for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout and wants to repeal Wall Street reforms.
5. Hoekstra Blames America for China’s Anti-Competitive Trade Violations
Hoekstra says that neither corporations that outsource nor China’s trade violations are responsible for lost jobs.
6. Hoekstra Fights to Kill Student Loans
Hoekstra “tried to kill federal student loans for 18 years”– even though 640,000 Michigan students rely on them.
7. Hoekstra Calls Equal Pay Protection for Women a “Nuisance”
Hoekstra has called equal pay protections for women a “nuisance” and has said they “shouldn’t be law.”
8. Hoekstra Supports Drilling in the Lakes
Hoekstra wants to drill for oil in the Great Lakes; there’s little oil but a spill would devastate our economy and our greatest natural treasure.
9. Hoekstra Calls for a Birther Office
Hoekstra shows his true colors, calls for a federal Birther Office to investigate presidential birth certificates.
10. Hoekstra Opens Campaign with “Appalling” Super Bowl Ad
Hoekstra kicked off his campaign with the infamous Super Bowl ad, called offensive and divisive by GOP.
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