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Markey Says She’s ‘Offended’ by Bailouts, Voted for Stimulus Bill

Democratic Rep. Betsy Markey, facing a tough reelection in Colorado’s Fourth Congressional District, will debut a new TV ad on Tuesday that aims to put distance between her and government “bailouts” that threaten her chances at retaining her seat in the R+ district:

Colorado Rep. Betsy Markey wasn’t in Congress when the House voted on the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act in October 2008. But to hear the freshman Democrat tell it, the passage of the bill, which 172 members of her party voted for, really “offend[s]” her.

“Maybe it’s my 20 years as a small-business owner, but these Wall Street bailouts really offend me,” she says in her first TV ad of the campaign. “No one ever gave me a bailout.”

“Bailout is just another word for cop-out,” she adds. “And here in Colorado, that’s not how we do business.” [emphasis added]

The ad is set to start airing Tuesday.

Markey, however, did vote for the stimulus bill–prompting the Colorado Drudge-like news aggregator Complete Colorado to dub her “Both Ways Betsy.”

Markey also voted for the “edujobs bailout”:

Last week, the House of Representatives passed legislation that included a $10 billion payout to states to preserve K-12 school jobs. Retaining or adding school employees may be a priority for the Democrat majority in Congress and their union backers, which stand to gain more than $20 million. But as a national policy, Congress’ Education Jobs Fund — or “edujobs” — bailout is excessive, shortsighted and fiscally irresponsible.

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