-By Warner Todd Huston
OK, what’s the deal, here? I thought all the rich folk was s’possed to be Republican? But in Roll Call’s list of the richest members of congress we find that the top ten is stuffed mostly with fatcat Democrats. Only three Republicans made the top ten richest list.
Gosh, what happened to the left’s meme?
Democrat Senator John Kerry has in the past been the richest fellow in congress, but he’s slipped to third place these days. The top two richest now happen to be Republicans, though. Texas Rep. Michael McCaul and California Rep. Darrell Issa take spots one and two respectively. But the next Republican doesn’t show up again until the tenth spot. All the rest of the top ten are Democrats.
So, what happened to the left’s storyline? Isn’t this proof that the left is full of it? I mean if “the rich” are only Republicans, shouldn’t the top ten be filled with Republicans, or at least mostly Republicans?
Roll Call’s Top Ten Richest Congressmen
- Rep. Michael McCaul (R, Texas) – $294.21 Million
- Rep. Darrell Issa (R, CA) – $220.40 Million
- Sen. John Kerry (D, Mass) – $193.07 Million
- Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, W. Vir.) – $81.63 Million
- Sen. Mark Warner (D, Vir.) – $76.30 Million
- Rep. Jared Polis (D, Colo) – $65.91 Million
- Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D, New Jersey) – $55.07 Million
- Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D, Conn.) – $52.93 Million
- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D, Calif) – $45.39 Million
- Rep. Vern Buchanan (R, Florida) – $44.39 Million
Actually, even the top spot is a bit deceptive. Most of the money that Republican McCaul has is apparently his wife’s. McCaul is married to Linda (Mays) McCaul, the daughter of Clear Channel Communications CEO and founder Lowry Mays. It seems that much of McCaul’s wealth comes from the Mays side of the family.
So, what the heck are all these Liberal Democrats doing with all this money, anyway? I thought they were all about “helping the poor”? Shouldn’t they be… I don’t know… giving all this money away?
Of course, we know that conservatives and Republicans give more of their money to charity than Democrats than liberals do, so I guess it isn’t really surprising.
Anyway, these lists are always more of a way to get readers and this one is Roll Call’s annual attempt. Make of it what you will.