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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Administration Bullying States on Stimulus Funds

It seems Arizona’s Junior Senator Jon Kyl has stirred up a hornet’s nest at the White House after calling on the Administration to cancel the remainder of the failed stimulus package.

Following the publication of Kyl’s comments, the White House, likely led by Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, directed four cabinet secretaries to publicly write to Arizona’s governor outlining the funds they would “lose” if Kyl got his way.

Of course, the Secretaries don’t mention this is already the taxpayer’s money and allowing the government to funnel it back to them though a failed program isn’t much different than losing it.

In response, Kyl accused the Administration of, "coordinated political attacks with the Democratic National Committee and the politicization of departments of government by using cabinet secretaries to issue thinly veiled threats to the governor and the people of Arizona."

Obama’s campaign rival John McCain also jumped into the fray saying, I strongly support the comments of Senator Kyl and call on the administration to retract its threat against the citizens of Arizona."

Will be interesting to see how this one plays out and if the Administration attempts similar Chicago-style attacks on other “dissenting” states or elected officials.

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