Roys just latest candidate in far-left primary to face questions over honesty
August 13, 2018
[Madison, WI] — Democrats have been tripping all over themselves in their dangerous race to the left to see who can go the furthest in opposing the good-paying, family-supporting jobs Gov. Walker helped bring to Wisconsin with the recruitment of Foxconn and its $10 billion investment. In a stunning display of hypocrisy revealed by the HuffPost, Madison liberal Kelda Roys has gone so far as to oppose Foxconn even though she previously spearheaded similar legislation – when it benefited her favored Madison suburb – that liberal Congressman Mark Pocan called a “corporate giveaway” at the time.
“It’s the height of hypocrisy for Kelda Roys to stand against Foxconn’s 13,000 good paying, family-supporting jobs for political reasons when she led the charge on similar legislation while serving in the legislature,” RPW spokesman Alec Zimmerman said. “This is just further proof that she’ll say anything to get noticed in the crowded Democrat primary.”
Read the full report from the HuffPost here, or find excerpts below:
Wisconsin GOP Hits Governor Candidate As Hypocrite For Foxconn Stance
By Kevin Robillard
Aug. 13, 2018
… The GOP is zeroing in on legislation for a tax-increment financing deal that then-state Rep. Kelda Roys pushed in 2012. It would have helped the world headquarters of Spectrum Brands, which makes a variety of consumer products such as insect repellant and the George Foreman grill, move from Madison to the nearby suburb of Middleton.
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin ― now another candidate in the governor’s race ― criticized the legislation at the time, as did now-U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, who defeated Roys in a primary in 2012 to win his congressional seat. …
Roys and other Democrats have criticized the deal as corporate welfare and a massive giveaway to a foreign company, and have questioned why state money is going to Foxconn instead of to local roads or schools. Roys, in particular, has emphasized the homeowners who would be displaced to build the massive factory, which is expected to have as much floor space as 130 Walmarts. …
“It’s the height of hypocrisy for Kelda Roys to stand against Foxconn’s 13,000 good paying, family-supporting jobs for political reasons when she led the charge on similar legislation while serving in the legislature,” Wisconsin GOP spokesman Alec Zimmerman said in a statement to HuffPost. “This is just further proof that she’ll say anything to get noticed in the crowded Democrat primary.” …
The legislation for a tax-increment financing deal for Spectrum Brands cruised through the state Senate, then fell apart amid opposition from Soglin and Pocan when it came up for a vote in the Wisconsin Assembly.
“This is allowing one neighboring community to raid an employer from another neighboring community,” Pocan said on the floor of assembly at the time. “Some would call this a corporate giveaway.” …