Brooks Wicker

Politics
2:07 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Wicker Questions Boehner’s Leadership

Republican congressional candidate Brooks Wicker won’t commit to keeping current House Speaker John Boehner in the position if he defeats Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth this fall.

Since taking control of Congress, the GOP caucus has had some internal infighting and conservative activists have been critical of Speaker John Boehner, who has clashed with Tea Party lawmakers over the debt ceiling and other negotiations.

Some national conservative groups have publicly called for Boehner's ouster as House leader.

Wicker says he won’t commit to voting for Boehner or not, and hopes other lawmakers will be vying for the position.

"I have questions about some of the issues and positions that have been taken. I would prefer to have an open election for the seat," he told 84 WHAS radio show host Mandy Connell. "Hopefully there will be other people who will contest him for that leadership position and we’ll be able to have a true election for the leader."

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Politics
2:00 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Yarmuth Tells GOP to Read Health Care Law

Speaking on the House floor Friday, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., suggested Republican lawmakers have not read the Affordable Care Act and accused them of misleading Americans about President Obama's health care overhaul.

Check it out (h/t FatLip):

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Politics
12:57 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Wicker Decries GOP Lethargy in Third District Race

Republican congressional candidate Brooks Wicker is frustrated by the lack of interest from the Louisville GOP to unseat Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth in the fall election.

The Louisville Young Republicans recently organized an event where Wicker criticized the "defeatist attitude" among fellow Republicans. He also decried the party’s executive committee for failing to support his bid and not having enough bumper stickers on their cars.

Wicker says those comments were taken out of context, but that local GOP activists and rank-and-file members are looking past the race.

"It’s a segment of the party that I’m talking about," he says. "I’m not talking about the leadership of the executive committee and I’m not talking about anybody that’s in a leadership position at this point. I’m talking about the other people when I’m reaching out to activists and to past participants in the Republican process."

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Politics
5:59 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Wicker Pounces on Yarmuth Over Medical Device Tax

Republican congressional candidate Brooks Wicker called on Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth to vote against the medical device tax in the president’s healthcare law on Thursday. 

The Affordable Care Act includes a 2.3 percent tax on certain devices to pay for the legislation with an anticipated $29 billion over the next decade. Despite a veto threat from President Obama, the GOP-controlled House passed legislation to repeal the fee by a 241-to-173 vote.

Supporters of the repeal cite a study from the healthcare industry that warns about higher prices and the loss of  manufacturing jobs.

Speaking in front of Humana Inc., Wicker told a handful of supporters the tax makes pacemakers and knee replacements more expensive, and Yarmuth needs to explain his support of President Obama’s law.

"I’m calling on him to explain to the citizens of the Third District why he continues to support legislation– Obamacare—which the overwhelming number of people in this community do not support,” he says.

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Politics
2:00 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Yarmuth Crushing Wicker in Fundraising Totals

U.S. Congress

The latest fundraising reports from the Federal Election Commission show Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth with an immense lead over Republican challenger Brooks Wicker in Kentucky's Third Congressional District race.

Seeking a fourth term, Yarmuth raised over $80,000 in contributions during the first three months of the year and has more than $432,000 in cash on-hand. The incumbent does have a primary opponent in perennial candidate Burrel Farnsley, but he hasn't raised any money.

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