As tension continues to escalate between the GOP establishment and the Tea Party, it was only a matter of time before a champion of the good old spending days cashed in on protecting the status quo. Steve LaTourette, a former congressman from Ohio, is eagerly seizing the opportunity to profit from the Washington, D.C., revolving door of special interests.
Since leaving Congress at the end of 2012, LaTourette has angled to be a self-appointed Tea Party slayer. This should come as no surprise, given LaTourette’s record during his time in Congress. During his 18-year tenure, he consistently voted against spending cuts and to protect the interests of transportation and building trade unions—his largest campaign contributors. The core mission of the Tea Party to limit spending and increase government transparency runs counter to LaTourette’s entire history as a congressman.
During the past year, he has aggressively sought the media spotlight to criticize the Tea Party and the members of Congress they helped elect. He has been a frequent guest on MSNBC to take gratuitous shots at the Tea Party movement and principled conservative Congress members.
Please read my entire commentary at RedState.com.