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Cornyn’s fence flipflop

Posted by nytexan on July 21, 2007

StopCornyn.comFiled by Charles Kuffner on July 19th, 2007

You think having two Democrats with strong South Texas/Rio Grande Valley credibility might have an effect on next year’s Senate race? Look who’s concerned about the effect of the border fence on the surrounding communities all of a sudden.

  • Frustrated by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff’s decision to start construction of a controversial border fence in Texas this year, Sen. John Cornyn pledged today to fight any effort that proceeds without community input.
  • I assure you there will be local consultation,” the Texas Republican said in a call with state reporters. “There will not be … unilateral actions on the part of the Department of Homeland Security without local input.”
  • With border communities up in arms about the fencing, Cornyn is ramping up his criticism, saying he’s very frustrated by what he termed the department’s “ham-fisted” handling of a highly controversial matter.
  • “This could not be mishandled any worse, as far as I’m concerned,” said Cornyn, who voted last year for legislation mandating the construction of 700 miles of double-layered fencing at the Southwest border but insisted that local leaders be consulted.
  • Cornyn said the department has ignored its pledge of consultation, noting that Homeland Security officials prepared a map identifying 153 miles of fencing in Texas without talking to local elected officials. Department officials have repudiated the map, saying it was a preliminary plan meant only as a starting point for discussion.
  • “Now I read that Secretary Chertoff has said that construction will begin this year,” Cornyn said. “But he won’t say where.”

Welcome to our world, Senator Cornyn. Of course, if you had voted against this boondoggle instead of championing it, then perhaps your words now would have more meaning. Hopefully, your Democratic replacement will arrive in time to clean up this mess you helped create.

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6 Responses to “Cornyn’s fence flipflop”

  1. mirth said

    More evidence that Congress is getting the word…Do your jobs as representative of US or lose your job!

  2. nytexan said

    It’s a bit late for Cornyn to start working for Texans and not the White House.

  3. mirth said

    Are there signs Cornyn can be unseated in 2008?

  4. nytexan said

    Yes, very strong signs. We have two strong challengers.

    From TexasKaos.com

    John Cornyn of Texas, who raised $2.1 million in the second quarter and banked $5.3 million, needs plenty of campaign money because he represents the nation’s second-most populous state.

    He could face a wealthy Democratic challenger with deep pockets for a political campaign. Lawyer Mikal Watts reported $5 million in second-quarter receipts for his “exploratory” effort, chiefly in the form of contributions and loans that Watts made to his own campaign. Watts raised about $1.1 million from individual donors.

    Watts, though will have serious competition for the Democratic nomination from state Rep. Rick Noriega, who recently filed paperwork establishing a Senate exploratory committee. Noriega has been touted by some Texas Democratic insiders as their strongest prospect in years to break a long Republican Party winning streak for statewide office in the home state of President (and former Texas governor) George W. Bush.

  5. mirth said

    Gah! 2008 will be our most exciting election ever! 2006 will seem puny in comparison. Everything rides on 2008. We either start recovery then or we are lost forever. There will be no getting it back if we can’t do it then.

  6. nytexan said

    Texas should be interesting. If 2008 doesn’t set us on the course to recover, I’m headed north of the border.

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