Manzullo Denies Votes to Increase Government Spending by $400 Billion; Instead, Tells Kinzinger to 'Envy' his Record

From the campaign to re-elect Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, Illinois 16th District)…

Manzullo developing track record of not owning up to his two decade record in Congress

CHICAGO – Twenty year Congressman Don Manzullo has gone to great lengths in his campaign to avoid discussing what is apparently the new third rail of 16th District politics – his own record. This week, Manzullo continued to run from his decades of reckless spending – just after touting that Kinzinger should be envious of his record.

In an exchange between Congressman Adam Kinzinger and Manzullo on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, Kinzinger pointed to the 60 percent increase in spending that Manzullo voted in favor of. Manzullo not only denied ever voting for the nearly $400 billion he supported, but also doubled down, refusing to stand by his record.*

Transcript from the exchange:
Kinzinger: “I don’t have a 20 year record in Congress of 60 percent increases to the size of the federal government.”*
Manzullo: “Adam, that’s not my responsibility. That didn’t happen because I was there. [It] doesn’t mean I was responsible for it.”
Kinzinger: “You voted for it.”
Manzullo: “No, I did not.”
Kinzinger: “You voted for the budgets that increased spending.”
Manzullo: “I did not.”

Congressman Manzullo made the decision to vote for budgets that exploded the size of the federal government – but will not take responsibility or hold himself accountable for the billion taxpayers are left with all because he is facing his first primary election in twenty years. Yet, earlier in the program, Manzullo said Kinzinger should “envy the record that I have.” With a record of increasing the size of government by $400 billion in spending and erasing two decades worth of earmarks from his website, what is there to envy?

This isn’t the first time Congressman Don Manzullo chose to run from his two decade record in Congress. Early this year, he erased all mentions of earmarks from his governmental website – days after being questioned about them by the Kinzinger campaign.

Manzullo is confused. His record in Congress did not start in his 18th and 19th year in office. He can ignore his record, run from it or try to delete it, as he did with earmarks, but it is still his record – even if Manzullo doesn’t “envy” it anymore.

*Source: 6/21/00; Roll No. 309, 7/11/00; Roll No. 385, 6/7/00; Roll No. 241, 7/13/00; Roll No. 400, 6/16/00; Roll No. 291, 5/16/00; Roll No.184, 5/19/00; Roll No. 210, 7/11/01; Roll No. 221, 7/18/01; Roll No. 248, 11/28/01; Roll No. 458, 6/28/01; Roll No. 206, 6/24/01; Roll No. 266, 6/21/01; Roll No. 185, 10/11/01; Roll No. 381, 7/31/01; Roll No. 298, 9/21/01; Roll No. 344, 6/26/01; Roll No. 194, 7/25/01; Roll No. 274, 7/31/01; Roll No. 297, 9/24/01; Roll No. 350, 10/25/01; Roll No. 405, 2/13/03; Roll No. 32, 6/27/02; Roll No. 270, 6/27/02; Roll No. 277, 9/26/02; Roll No. 423, 10/3/02; Roll No. 439, 10/10/02; Roll No. 461, 11/13/02; Roll No. 474, 12/8/03; Roll No. 676, 7/8/03; Roll No. 335, 7/18/03; Roll No.395, 6/24/03; Roll No. 310, 7/17/03; Roll No. 389, 7/9/03; Roll No. 345, 6/26/03; Roll No. 325, 9/25/03; Roll No. 520, 10/30/03; Roll No. 583, 11/5/03; Roll No. 605, 11/21/03; Roll No. 664, 12/8/03; Roll No. 676, 11/20/04; Roll No. 542, 6/22/04; Roll No. 284, 6/18/04; Roll No. 275, 7/22/04; Roll No. 417, 9/29/05; Roll No. 507, 11/17/05; Roll No. 599, 6/8/05; Roll No. 238, 6/20/05; Roll No. 287, 5/24/05; Roll No. 211, 6/28/05; Roll No. 335, 5/17/05; Roll No. 180, 5/19/05; Roll No. 199, 6/24/05; Roll No. 321, 6/22/05; Roll No. 303, 5/26/05; Roll No.226, 6/16/05; Roll No. 268, 6/30/05; Roll No.358, 1/31/07; Roll No. 72, 12/8/06; Roll No. 540, 9/26/06; Roll No. 486, 6/20/06; Roll No. 305, 9/29/06; Roll No. 509

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