Looks like the Daily Record isn't too happy about Garrett's cherry picking, either:
Rep. Scott Garrett, like most candidates, knows the importance of selective reading. A few months ago, a Daily Record editorial criticized Garrett for opposing a measure to ban price gouging by oil companies. It noted that Garrett, who faces a spirited challenge in the 5th Congressional District from Democrat Paul Aronsohn, thinks government should do as little as possible. It said, for example, that Garrett has opposed a President Bush-backed plan to extend unemployment benefits and federal money for Katrina relief.
But one line in the editorial praised Garrett for being "one of those rare politicians who seems to put his principles over political expediency."
What line do you think the Garrett campaign picked up and used on a mailer to district voters? You got it, the one about putting principle first. This is like an advertisement for a movie that cherry-picks one line from a lousy review for marketing purposes.
A spokeswoman for the Garrett campaign noted that the candidate simply picked up a line that had appeared in print.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
As I mentioned in a comment earlier, I received a snazzy mailer from "independent" Congressman Scott Garrett. (Someone must have screwed up, since the mailer failed to mention that Mr. Garrett is a Republican.) The cover of the piece, entitled "An independent voice, getting results", shows a quote from the May 9, 2006 Daily Record:
"Scott Garrett is one of those rare politicians who seems to put his principles over political expediency."
An impressive endorsement for an "independent" politician, huh? Well, I decided to take a look at the whole article, just to confirm how wonderful Mr. Garrett is. Here are some other quotes from the piece that Mr. Garrett could have used:
Garrett, R-Wantage, last week was one of 34 House members and the only one from New Jersey to vote no on a bill to make gas-price gouging a crime.
Garrett firmly believes in a government that should do as little as possible.
Recall that one of his first votes in Congress was opposing a plan by President Bush to extend unemployment benefits for those in need.
He also has opposed money for Katrina relief.
Devotion to principle is important, but there are times when concessions should be made to what's best for the public.
Seems to me that Mr. Garrett should be writing movie posters- "This movie is the greatest..." example of crappy filmmaking I've ever seen!- not representing the good people of New Jersey's 5th district.