Looks like we helped stir up a little storm last month by pointing out that the anti-democracy corporate lobbying group, ALEC, has more than a few right-wing, corrupt Democrats as members and associates. I mean it's overwhelmingly a Republican Party front operation but, where is the DCCC and the Blue Dogs and New Dems going to find reliable new members if there are no Democrats in ALEC? Now that they've been exposed, the DCCC and Blue Dogs are panicking and they even forced their extreme right shill candidate for the SC seventh congressional district, state Rep. Ted Vick, to resign. You gotta give Steve Israel and Joe Crowley credit, though. It's not easy coming up with such blatantly anti-worker, anti-Choice, anti-gay, anti-women, anti-consumer candidates who call themselves Democrats and who want to run for Congress!
State Rep. Ted Vick (D-Chesterfield) has gotten a lot of good press this week for publicly resigning from the shadowy special interest group ALEC, which uses corporate money to push right-wing legislation through statehouses across the country. But Vick?s Democratic opponent in the race for South Carolina?s new congressional seat is asking why it took so long for Vick to leave the group, calling the move ?too little, too late.?
Vick, who?s running in the Democratic primary for SC-7 in the Pee Dee area, has been a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council since being elected to the State House in 2004. The congressional candidate said his reason for leaving ALEC this week is that the group has become ?too partisan and too extreme,? citing a recent keynote speech by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal which attacked President Obama and the Democratic Party.
But ALEC has been openly partisan for much longer than that, which Vick?s opponent says doesn?t seem to have troubled Vick until he began running for higher office. ?Now that Ted Vick is running in a Democratic primary, he is following the pack and renouncing his membership to ALEC,? commented attorney Preston Brittain, Vick?s Democratic opponent in the SC-7 race. ?But this is too little, too late.?
Ethics reports show ALEC gave Vick $1,360 in travel costs for an ALEC conference in Philadelphia back in 2007. According to a Cheraw Chronicle article (which reads remarkably like a copied-and-pasted press release) about Vick?s attendance at the conference, some of the featured speakers included former President George Bush, former Sen. Fred Thompson, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former Gov. Mike Huckabee.
In other words, this group which is only recently supposed to have drifted to the right held a conference five years ago featuring a Republican president, two 2008 GOP presidential candidates and a former Republican Speaker of the House. Is there really any question which way ALEC was leaning even then?