Last July, Republican candidate for governor Darren Bailey took to Facebook to denounce both the extension of federally-enhanced state jobless benefits and Democratic President Joe Biden’s visit to Crystal Lake to promote his coronavirus relief agenda.
“Here’s the dangerous slope that we are on in America,” the state senator and farmer from downstate Xenia said, while discussing Biden’s visit. “That’s exactly what we heard: Free stuff. Handouts. Don’t worry about it, the government’s going to take care of you.”
“Friends,” he said, “that’s socialism.”
But only months before, on Feb. 26, Bailey received the latest of a series of payments from the federal government’s coronavirus business relief Paycheck Protection Program under the Small Business Administration — $231,475 to support 11 jobs at the family farm he owns with his sons.
Less than a month later, on March 22, Bailey reported a personal loan of $150,000 to his campaign for governor, listing “Self-Employed (Bailey Family Farms)” as his employer on the required state campaign finance disclosure form. […]
All told, records compiled in a database produced by investigative news agency ProPublica show Bailey’s family farm and two other entities he owns, Bailey Family Freight and the Virtue House Ministries Christian school run by his wife, received $569,045 in so-called PPP loans from April 2020 to February 2021.
Bailey’s campaign says they abided by all the rules.
Let’s not overlook the forgiven PPP loans his wife’s Christian school, which boosts things up to $800,000. Oh, and there’s another quarter-million in COVID farm relief that Bailey sure had no problem taking when the government handed it out to him.
Bailey’s spokesman was able to blubber out “the elites and fake news media” as a response, so that’ll probably provide enough cover to satisfy the base.
Bailey just seems to remind me more and more of Sam McCann.
- Grandson of Man - Friday, Jan 14, 22 @ 12:48 pm:
If only rural Republican voters cared that they’re being hustled. Socialism is a word to rile up the base. But they don’t, because apparently it’s worse to be someone they don’t like getting government help. So many who preach the ills of government benefit directly from it. St. Reagan was in government many years, telling people government is bad.
Sounds like he is in favor of public financing of elections
- Long Time Independent - Friday, Jan 14, 22 @ 12:56 pm:
Regardless of party any elected official who spoke out against these loans and then took one should resign from office and not be running for higher office. The unreal hypocrisy by these elected officials is why people dislike and distrust politicians so much.
And make no doubt the voters who are trying to make ends meet won’t be happy or sympathetic to them.
Before even announcing Irwin just gained ground South of I 80
==If only rural Republican voters cared that they’re being hustled. Socialism is a word to rile up the base. But they don’t, because apparently it’s worse to be someone they don’t like getting government help.==
The last decade has taught me that “I won’t help you, and I may hurt you, but I will hurt the people you don’t like even more” is an exceptionally alluring campaign message to a wide swath of this country.
He abided by the rules. As did most of the people he’s throwing shade about. It is the classic ‘ok for me, but not for thee’. Many of his supporters also got subsidies. No matter how many times you call their attention to it, they just don’t get it.
Hopefully one day he will have to explain to his constituents how he took more in handouts from the big bad federal government than most of them have ever seen in their entire lives, yet thinks this is bad and un-American for others to do it.
I’m against handouts as well; however, I didn’t turn down any money from the government….eventually I’m going to have to pay for it in taxes so I might as well benefit from it, too. Considering how large his farming operation alone is, that isn’t all that much.
- Long Time Independent - Friday, Jan 14, 22 @ 3:29 pm:
One man - how much was it for and was it forgiven ?
=Considering how large his farming operation alone is, that isn’t all that much.=
Beyond the hypocrisy of it all, I’d be careful in dismissing this as a bunch of nothing. This money had conditions attached to it including a certification the loan was necessary to continue their business operations. If it made a round trip into Bailey’s campaign account the feds might not be so forgiving. Others have already been prosecuted. So I can understand why Darren might be a bit mum right now.
You can bet not one person on Griffins ticket took a PPP loan and not pay it back
—pretty sure if they did, they a.) weren’t railing against Federal bailouts and 2.) didn’t turn around and loan it to their campaign