To make up for his lack of leadership on the health care overhaul, Callahan has staked out four inconsistent positions on the Wall Street bailout (TARP). LV Congressman Charlie Dent supported that, along with President Obama and Senator John McCain, as a temporary response to a crisis. He has since voted to require all repaid funds be used to pay down the deficit.
Position #1: Callahan campaign manager Justin Schall, an alum to ex-Congressman Eric ("Wanna' have a tickle fight?") Massa, claims his boss would have voted for TARP, just like Dent.
Position #2: Callahan campaign manger Justin Schall, an alum to ex-Congressman Eric ("Do you like gladiator movies?") Massa, claims his boss would have voted for one bill, but not another bill a week later. Dent campaign spokesperson Gregg Bortz wonders whether "we had a financial crisis one week and not the next."
Position #3: Callahan campaign manger Justin Schall, an alum to ex-Congressman Eric ("You ever seen a grown man naked?") Massa, claims his boss would have voted TARP completely.
Position #4: Callahan supports a proposed $100 billion bank tax that will make credit less available to individuals and small businesses, and that would be assessed on institutions that didn’t even take TARP funds. Despite Callahan's support, the Senate dropped the tax from its new bailout legislation for many of the same reasons Charlie Dent opposes it.
“It’s increasingly obvious that John Callahan doesn’t know what he’s talking about, period,” says Shawn Millan, Charlie Dent's campaign manager. “His campaign says one thing, then comes up with a completely absurd effort to change its message, and now completely reverses itself. Some advice to John Callahan – if your Washington-based campaign manager knows so little about where you stand on important issues, consider replacing him.”
Hey Sean, ever spend any time in a Turkish prison?