Tom Ganley still has a Cash For Clunkers problem

Shailagh Murray’s snarky piece in Saturday’s Washington Post jabs Betty Sutton’s challenger for taking advantage of Sutton’s signature legislation.

Republican House candidate Tom Ganley sold more than 800 cars last summer through the “Cash for Clunkers” government rebate program. But does Uncle Sam get a thank you?
“Let’s talk about Cash for Clunkers,” the voluble millionaire, who owns the largest auto dealership group in Ohio, told a group of voters here recently. “It created a 30-day surge in auto sales. After it ended, there was no business. It was like the faucet was shut off.”

Most economists say the nationwide stimulus effort has generally paid off, although they differ on how much.

But Sutton is a top target of Republicans, in part because of her support for the program. Her opponent’s 31 dealerships sold an estimated $17 million worth of cars through Clunkers rebates, but he now denounces the program as a fiscal folly.

Ganley needs to get in front of this “he’s-a-hypocritical-used-car-salesman-fatcat-rich-guy” portrayal quickly, before Sutton hangs it around his neck for good. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this line of attack, and there are more tasks that require Ganley’s attention.
Enough fund-raising and strategizing, Tom. Hit the campaign trail (Lord knows, Betty refuses to). Define yourself, define your socialist opponent, and publicize your plan to get government out of our health care, our lives, and our wallets.

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