Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

Keeping a close eye on developments in the 2008 U.S. Senate races

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Sununu a Poser on Homeland Security

  • New Hampshire: While a clear position on Iraq continues to elude John Sununu, he has taken multiple positions on improving homeland security communication tools. He was against it before he was for it, as it turns out. The DSCC lays it out:

    When Up For Reelection: Sununu Talks about The Need for Better Communications For First Responders. Introducing an amendment on first responder communications today, Sununu talked about the need for “communications systems that work reliably, effectively, robustly and that work together with one another” among local, state and federal authorities. “I think it’s essential that we make sure that, to the greatest extent possible, we look at all available technologies for meeting these goals.” [Sununu Floor Speech, 3/1/07]

    When Not Up for Reelection: Sununu Voted Against Improving First Responder Communications Four Times. Since 2003, Sununu has voted against increased funding for interoperable communications four times. In March 2006, Sununu voted against $5 billion in first responder communications funding, even after the independent 9/11 Commission gave Congress a failing grade in terms of first responder communications. Sununu voted against similar amendments twice in 2005, including one vote just weeks after Hurricane Katrina. [Vote 45, 3/15/06; Vote 227, 9/14/05; Vote 183, 7/14/05; Vote 3, 1/16/03]
    Talk about obvious political posturing. If John Sununu was up for re-election every year, he might be the most conscientious Senator in Washington!


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