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Letter to the Editor: Attacks on Halvorson diminish Shuster

on March 31, 2014 10:59 AM

Bill Shuster’s latest smear attacks on Art Halvorson, both on TV and in a public mailing, mark Shuster as just another small-minded politician willing to slime an opponent. Shuster must be terrified at Halvorson’s rising popularity among Republican voters.

Shuster’s claim that Halvorson got a half-million-dollar subsidy for his Iowa farm is totally false. He got nary a dime in subsidy, only rent from the family renting the farm.

The small $2,500 subsidy Halvorson got on his Bedford farm was authorized by a farm bill that Shuster himself supported. This subsidy was already in progress when Halvorson purchased the farm. Halvorson gave the $2,500 to charity.

Although I have long disagreed with Congressman Shuster’s position on certain issues, I have always trusted him. Now I can’t. Shuster risks his credibility as one of the leaders of the House majority when he permits something this reckless and false to go out under his name.

I wonder if Shuster, claiming to be a fiscal conservative, would turn in part of his exorbitant congressional pay and benefits to help reduce the national debt.

If Shuster persists in falsely attacking Halvorson’s character, he should remember that people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

Clay Buckingham

Major General, U.S. Army (retired)

Everett

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