Last night, Representative Erik Paulsen joined the extremists in the Republican Party and voted against nearly $50.6 billion in emergency aid to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy — a calculated political move to better position himself with Republican activists who will decide the U.S. Senate endorsement in 2014. The bill passed 241-180.
“Congressman Paulsen joined the extremists in the Republican Party and played politics with Americans' lives,” Carrie Lucking, Executive Director of the Alliance for a Better Minnesota (ABM), said. “We expect our public leaders to step up and do the right thing in times of crisis. Unfortunately, Rep. Paulsen was more concerned with his own political ambitions.”
The Republican Party of Minnesota has been overrun with Tea Party Activists, many of whom supported Ron Paul in the 2012 Presidential endorsing process. Tacking to the right is a way to please these activists prior to the GOP endorsing process.
Earlier this month, Rep. Paulsen made waves when he was asked if he was planning to run for the U.S. Senate in 2014 and gave three different answers in 48 hours. Paulsen first told MPR, "No, that's ridiculous.” He was later quoted in The Hill, saying, "I haven’t ruled anything out,” and even later in MPR saying, “Maybe.”
ABM launched a new website earlier this month — www.IsErikPaulsenRunningForSenateToday.com — in order to point out Paulsen's extremist move to the right to please his activist base. The website is updated frequently with Paulsen's latest political maneuvers as he positions to run for the U.S. Senate.