Here's the press release:
Campaign Manager, Schansberg for Congress
U.S. House, 9th District—IN
October 23, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Schansberg skewers Sodrel's claim to be a fiscal conservative
In response to questions posed by David Mann of the Jeffersonville News and Tribune, Cam Savage, Sodrel's campaign manager, said that voters know his candidate is a conservative spender—and that Sodrel's record will not allow Schansberg to steal any thunder on the smaller government issues. In commenting on his opponents' record, Schansberg said: "Baron Hill likes to claim that he's a fiscal conservative, but that's obviously ridiculous. And Representative Sodrel is clearly a fiscal moderate among Republicans. Until now, he hadn't publicly responded to my repeated claim to be the only fiscal conservative in the race, so I thought he was leaving that title to me. If he wants to claim the label in the future, he'll need to change his ways. Representative Sodrel is obviously blowing smoke on this issue."
From 2001-2005, President Bush and his Republican Congresses have added $1.4 trillion in government debt (and thus, future taxes)—$18,000 for the average family of four. They have increased all major categories of government spending more than any administration since at least LBJ.
Representative Sodrel received a B from the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) and a grade of 69% from Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW). In addition, Sodrel voted for only 1 of 19 anti–pork amendments put forward by Jeff Flake (R-AZ). (Baron Hill received D's from the NTU and averaged 13% from CAGW and was consistently rated "hostile" to taxpayers.)
Schansberg said: "I would follow the example of fiscal conservatives like Indiana's Mike Pence or Ron Paul from Texas. They receive A's from NTU and grades above 90% from CAGW—and they supported all of Rep. Flake's anti-pork amendments."