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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Slick Santorum

“The five or six of you who actually read the Quotes probably are aware of our good friend in the great state of Pennsylvania, Ricky Santorum. He’s become fairly well known for statements like these..”
-Skippy


"If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything,"
-Senator Rick Santorum, April 2003

"In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That's not to pick on homosexuality. It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be."
-Senator Rick Santorum, April 2003

“..and this..”
-Skippy


"I would argue that the future of our country hangs in the balance because the future of marriage hangs in the balance. Isn't that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage?"
-Senator Rick Santorum, July 14, 2004

“Well, it seems like Little Ricky has been busily avoiding money scandals right and left in Washington.”
-Skippy


“Grover Norquist, a conservative activist, has appeared before the group and sought help with an effort to push lobbying firms and trade associations to hire more Republicans.
The so-called K-Street Project got the attention of the Senate Ethics Committee, which is concerned that the project could be used to deny access to Democrats.
‘He [Santorum] has gotten me in to talk to all those guys,’ Norquist said.”
-Philadelphia Enquirer, August 12, 2002

“With Democrats comparing his ties to lobbyists with ‘organized crime,’ Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., yesterday swung back, saying the Democratic criticism amounted to libel and unequivocally denying that he helped shape the GOP's controversial ‘K Street Project.’
[…]
Since he became the Senate's third-ranking Republican in 2001, Mr. Santorum has held weekly meetings with top Republican lobbyists at which he discusses, among other matters, job openings at Washington lobbying firms.
But, in interviews with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he has said those discussions -- which he previously referred to as ‘the K Street meetings’ -- are merely to ensure Republicans are putting forward good candidates for the jobs.
Mr. Santorum flatly denied yesterday that the meetings were an integral part of the ‘K Street Project.’
Though publications such as The Washington Post, Roll Call and Washington Monthly have all reported that Mr. Santorum's meetings were a central part of Mr. Norquist's ‘K Street Project’ strategy, Mr. Santorum said yesterday that his meetings were a separate initiative.
-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 26, 2006

“As Republican Conference chairman, Santorum was in position to orchestrate the GOP’s domination of K Street. At his side from the start, at least two reports state, was Abramoff, who attended the first meeting Santorum hosted.

Both The National Journal, in May 2001, and Roll Call, in March 2001, reported Abramoff was among a group of K Street power brokers invited to meet with Santorum and other lawmakers that March.
Both reports described it, and subsequent meetings, as an informational dialogue about policy and legislative initiatives that included talk about job placement for Republican loyalists.
The National Journal report quotes one Santorum aide as saying the meetings are meant ‘to develop relationships with folks downtown who generally share our objectives legislatively and who can help us communicate our issues.’”
-Lebanon (PA) Daily News, January 14, 2006

“It seems like Little Ricky might, just possibly, have some ethics issues. Go figure.”
-Skippy


“The largest known giver to a controversial charity founded by U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum made its $25,000 donation as the senator was working to win as much as $8.5 million in federal aid for the donor's project in Delaware County.

Federal tax records show that Preferred Real Estate Inc., the developer of the Wharf at Rivertown project in Chester, wrote the check to Santorum's Operation Good Neighbor Foundation in 2002.
On his campaign Web site, Santorum boasts of winning $8.5 million in federal aid for the riverfront redevelopment of an abandoned Peco Energy plant - an effort that culminated in the earmarking of $6 million in highway money last year.
But good-government experts were troubled by the appearance of a developer giving money to the senator's charity at the same time it was lobbying for federal dollars. Unlike a campaign contribution, checks to a charity can be written by a corporation and are not subject to any limit.
[…]
Also, several campaign aides are on the payroll or connected with the charity, including Santorum's campaign finance chief, lobbyist Rob Bickhart, who's been paid $75,000 by Operation Good Neighbor in salary and whose company also receives rent from the charity.”
-Philadelphia Daily News, March 2, 2006

“Come on Ricky.. You’re an upstanding Christian member of the Senate with the worthy desire to clean up the morals of Washington. Say something that will make this all seem alright.”
-Skippy


“One of my political heroes, the eighteenth-century British statesman William Wilberforce, argued that hypocrisy can often be a social good.”
-Rick Santorum, It Takes a Family

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