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February 23, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia U.S. Representative Shelly Moore Capito once referred to it as the "so-called stimulus package." However, in spite of having voted against the plan twice, Capito, a Republican, has publicly promoted $18 million worth of road construction and neighborhood revival, once the funding made it to her district.

That's been enough to get her named to the Democratic Congressional Committee's "Hypocrisy Hall Of Fame". No one at Capito's office returned repeated calls for comment.

West Virginia State Democratic Chairman Nick Casey said she has a lot to explain.

"If an elected official wants to stand before a project they voted against, either explain why you're for it now, or explain why you were against it in the front end. But let the voters know how you changed your mind on something and whether you're going to do that again in the future."

Casey says the hypocrisy has been widespread.

"There's a difference between being political and being leaders. When the stimulus bill came up, the Republicans folks in Congress were being political. Now the Democrats are still leading us out of this recession and the Republicans remain political."

The Congressional Budget Office now credits the economic relief plan with creating or saving millions of jobs.

The Web site Think Progress has documented instances of more than a hundred Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate touting projects funded by stimulus plans they voted against and attacked. The Web site is assembling pictures of the 112 Republicans involved, handing out checks or cutting ribbons paid for by money whose appropriation they opposed.

When asked about it, a House Republican spokesperson compared it to Democrats not giving back their savings from a Bush tax cut passed over their objections.

The Think Progress post is at

Dan Heyman, Public News Service - WV