Saturday, January 31, 2009

Big spending GOP governors looking for DC cash

Republican governors lobbying Washington D.C. for the "stimulus" package should be taking the lead from House Republicans. Sadly, many of them are not, including Governor Palin.

The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, planned to meet in Washington this weekend with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and other senators to press for her state's share of the package.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist worked the phones last week with members of his state's congressional delegation, including House Republicans. Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, the Republican vice chairman of the National Governors Association, planned to be in Washington on Monday to urge the Senate to approve the plan.

"As the executive of a state experiencing budget challenges, Gov. Douglas has a different perspective on the situation than congressional Republicans," said Douglas' deputy chief of staff, Dennise Casey.

Fortunately there are a few that aren't ready to take a blow torch to a pile of cash. Jindal and Pawlenty said they would take the money but objected to the size of the bill, while Haley Barbour and Mark Sanford are not even sure if their states are going to accept any of the money.