Posted by: Ann Corcoran | August 14, 2012

Heritage’s Congressional Scorecard helps put things into perspective

I mentioned NumbersUSA’s scorecard yesterday, here, which strictly involves issues related to immigration, but the Heritage Foundation has a scorecard too.  I first mentioned it here last fall.

The Heritage Action Scorecard was most recently updated on August 10th (last Friday) and to be sure there are some Members of Congress (not household names!) with scores in the upper 90’s indicating their definite conservative positions on most issues.  Check it out click here.

For Marylanders you might be interested that Rep. Andy Harris has a score of 80% on votes carefully chosen by Heritage to be the “conservative” position on given bills.   Rep. Roscoe Bartlett is at 66% which is one percentage point over the House Republican average of 65% (the House Democrat average is 16%!).

Two Members of Congress considered Tea Party favorites are Rep. Michele Bachmann with a score of 91%, but Rep. Allen West has a rather disappointing score of 69%!  Rep. Darrell Issa, who many respect for his tough stance against the Obama Administration especially on ‘Fast and Furious,’ has a score of 70%.

Now, the score most of you probably want to see—Rep. Paul Ryan.   Ryan comes in at 75%, hardly the fire-breathing right winger that the Leftwing media is making him out to be.

For some real perspective, let’s look at Speaker Boehner’s chief lieutenants—Reps. Eric Cantor (Majority Leader) and Kevin McCarthy (Majority Whip).  They come in at pathetic scores of 53% and 55% respectively (Their scores are even worse now then when I reported on them last fall!).  Boehner gets off the hook as Speaker and is not scored.   Do you Tea Partiers see any hope for the future in that leadership?

By the way, Boehner’s fellow Ohioan, Rep. Jim Jordan (Republican Study Committee) scores at 95%.

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