There are few things that get people angrier than lying or being a hypocrite. Seriously, is there anything more maddening then Al “I’m a bore” Gore lecturing about climate change and how we must change our habits immediately or suffer a fiery death as he jets around the world in a private plane? Or what about a Hollywood actor informing the masses of their rampant closed-mindedness while they refer to anyone with a differing opinion as a bigot?
However, make that liar or hypocrite a politician, as not-President Gore, and blood pressures will rise, four-letter words are sure to fly and that government official is likely to be voted out of office.
Right or wrong, lawyers and politicians are already perceived by most of the population to be sneaky, underhanded, looking to enrich themselves while not working in the best interests of their client or voters. Whenever anyone in those aforementioned professions is caught acting in a manner that plays into most peoples’ perception it’s unlikely that person ever shakes being branded a liar, hypocrite or both.
Well, after this week Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly might want to consider updating that resume.
That’s because according to an AP article, Indiana’s senior senator was found to be profiting from outsourcing. The article states Stewart Superior, a family-owned business run by Donnelly’s brother, has been shipping labor to Mexico for $3 an hour. The article goes on to say Donnelly made between $15,001-$50,000 from the company stock dividends in 2016 alone.
This all becomes a major problem for the senator because he had an issue when Carrier Corp., an Indianapolis-based company, announced the decision to shutdown an Indy factory and move the jobs to Mexico. In fact, Donnelly called the move nothing more than going after cheap labor in Mexico.
When another company, Rexnord, announced they were planning to shutdown their Indy facility and move to Mexico, Donnelly was again up in arms about the loss of jobs. He said “when corporations make decisions like this, Hoosier families and our communities pay the price.”
Yes, they do senator. Yes, they do.
But never fear, after the AP story came out detailing Donnelly’s hypocrisy, he says he will now be selling his stock in Stewart Superior. Donnelly said the move was done to keep his hypocrisy from becoming “a distraction from our work to end outsourcing and keep American jobs here instead of shipping them to other countries.”
But shouldn’t one get their own house in order before calling out others? Just a thought though.
This comes at an especially bad time for Donnelly, who is up for re-election in 2018…in historically red Indiana.
His was already going to be a seat the Republicans were going to fervently attempt to retake next year, but with this week’s bombshell report, that target has grown considerably.
Jobs and the economy are issues that always come up during an election. Hoosiers aren’t likely to forget about Donnelly’s hypocrisy and profiting from outsourcing work to Mexico.