In their continuing effort to tag Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., an out-of-touch incumbent caught up in the Washington world, Republicans took another shot at her and her husband, former Texas Congressman Max Sandlin, Monday.
Here’s their latest e-mail blast:
"Senate records show that Max Sandlin and his firm were paid $160,000 in 2009 by Baptist Health Care to lobby on its behalf, including for an “increase in [the] new market tax credit” in a Democratic-backed stimulus package that Herseth Sandlin ultimately voted for.
The National Association of Broadcasters paid Sandlin and his firm $320,000 over the past two years to lobby on a variety of issues, including a bill co-sponsored by his wife, the Local Radio Freedom Act.
And Advance Auto Parts employed Sandlin and his firm last year to lobby on the Employee Free Choice Act, legislation co-sponsored by Herseth Sandlin. The contentious “card check” bill, which would make it easier for workers to unionize, is a top target of manufacturers and others in the business community.
Republicans say Herseth Sandlin’s committee assignments make it difficult for her to avoid conflicts of interest. She is member of the Agriculture, Natural Resources, Veterans’ Affairs and Energy Independence and Global Warming panels, which have broad jurisdiction over many of her husband’s clients.
“I would call it sleazy,” Public Citizen lobbyist Craig Holman said."
Is Max Sandlin fair game? Is this too far? Or is is just an example of what we have in store in the next three-plus months?