Craig Ford – U.S. Cong. Robert Aderholt has some explaining to do


When U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt spoke to the local Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday (Feb. 17), he had a lot of explaining to do.

To start with, he should explain why anyone who wanted to hear his/her congressman speak had to pay $25 per person. We elected him; we shouldn’t have to pay just to have the opportunity to hear him speak and ask him questions.

Secondly, Cong. Aderholt needs to explain why he still hasn’t taken any action or brought back any money to help with projects like I-759, Hwy 411 or the Meighan and Southside bridges.

As I’ve watched this election unfold, I’ve noticed that Cong. Aderholt’s ads don’t mention anything about his record in congress or what he’s done for our district. Even though he is a senior congressman who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, these days he seems to be more interested in bringing tax dollars back for the University of Montevallo, where his wife sits on the board of trustees, than he does for his district.

While the University of Montevallo is certainly deserving of support, it is not in the Fourth Congressional District. The only connection I see between Cong. Aderholt and the University of Montevallo is his wife.

Instead of bringing money back for the places that hire his family, Cong. Aderholt should be bringing back our tax dollars to the district he was elected to represent.

U.S. Sen. Shelby has a history of brings our tax dollars back home, just like Tom Bevill, did when he was our congressman. Cong. Aderholt sits on the appropriations committee and hasn’t brought one dime back for the I-759 project.

All Cong. Aderholt seems capable of doing is campaigning against a president who won’t even be in office a year from now. I get sick and tired of elected officials blaming President Obama for their own ineffectiveness to lead. Elected officials should do the job they are elected to do and quit blaming the president for their ineptness and inability to lead.

Cong. Aderholt has been in office for a lot longer than President Obama, and during that time he has voted for budgets that grew the national debt 266 percent, from $5 trillion dollars in 1996 to $19 trillion this year. He wasn’t “standing up to Obama” then and he certainly wasn’t standing up for us.

The omnibus spending bill is a perfect example. Cong. Aderholt was the only Republican in Alabama’s congressional delegation who voted for it. His explanation? He said the omnibus spending bill is the, “last vestiges of Speaker Boehner’s style of leadership.”

So Cong. Aderholt’s defense is that he voted for the bill because John Boehner told him to, and we should all just be glad that Boehner isn’t there to tell him what to do anymore? Cong. Aderholt didn’t stand up to President Obama on the omnibus spending bill and he wasn’t strong enough to stand up John Boehner either.

It’s no wonder Cong. Aderholt can’t get us any money for I-759! You can’t be a leader and a puppet at the same time.

Cong. Aderholt has spent 20 years in Washington, D.C. and sits on the most powerful committee in the House of Representatives, but he still can’t deliver for us. How can someone be a congressman for 20 years, vote for the president’s budget and still not be able to bring home the money for the I-759 extension?

Is Cong. Aderholt going to blame the last 20 years of his congressional career on President Obama? If his wife didn’t tell him Happy Valentine’s Day, I think he would blame it on President Obama. I guess he will say anything to keep from getting out-right-winged and avoid a primary challenge from the Tea Party.

But if Cong. Aderholt spent half as much time fighting for his district as he does talking about how he’s “standing up to Obama,” then maybe he wouldn’t have to worry about challenges from the Tea Party or getting re-elected.

Etowah County is the largest in the Fourth Congressional District, and road projects like I-759, Hwy 411, the Meighan bridge and the Southside bridge not only serve Etowah county but also neighboring counties like Cherokee. Since Cong. Aderholt voted for the president’s budget, you would think he would have even more power to get some funding for projects in the district.

The people of Etowah and Cherokee counties have voted for Cong. Aderholt every time he’s run for office. It’s time he supported us the way we have supported him.

My father always said, “When you get elected, never forget where you came from.”

Maybe it’s time we reminded Cong. Aderholt where he comes from.

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