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830 reasons why Bob Etheridge must go

By Dan Masell Press Office
Posted Thursday, March 13, 2008

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Raleigh, NC – Yesterday, Dan Mansell condemned the continued irresponsible behavior of Congressman Bob Etheridge and his relentless support of the ethanol industry. Mansell said, “Etheridge’s policy of putting the ethanol industry and Washington lobbyists before the people of the North Carolina 2nd District must come to an end.”

The Associated Press reported yesterday: “Pilgrim's Pride Corp.'s (PPC) decision to close a North Carolina facility may be the first of many steps to be taken by the company and others in the poultry industry to curtail production, according to industry analysts. The company, the nation's largest chicken processor, said Wednesday it will discontinue operations at a North Carolina facility and close six distribution centers due to highfeed costs.Corn and soy meal are the main ingredients of poultry rations, and demand from the ethanol industry has pushed up corn prices, while competition for acreage has boosted prices for soybeans and other grains.”

Mansell said, “Pilgrim’s Pride will close its plant in Siler City as a direct result of Etheridge’s pro-ethanol policies. Etheridge has continued to sup at the ethanol industry’s trough by accepting thousands of contributions from them and their surrogates over the years, and now the people of Siler City will pay the price. Siler City, a town of just under 7,000 people, will lose 830 jobs - and for what? So Bob Etheridge can keep his?” Mansell went on to say: “Etheridge does not seem to understand the effect his policies have locally and abroad. Today, his policies cost 830 jobs in the 2ndDistrict. His continued bowing to the whims of the ethanol industry has led to the ever rising cost of corn (a main component of ethanol) in Mexico and Central America, where corn is the primary food crop. The end result of Etheridge’s bungling policies is that more people will stream across our borders illegally and take jobs from the very same people who lost their livelihood in Siler City today.

The people of the North Carolina 2nd District have a stark choice to make in the election in November. Will they vote for Bob Etheridge, who continually puts the needs of Washington lobbyists and the ethanol industry before the needs of his constituents? Or will they elect Dan Mansell, who will represent them and their needs and who will not be another typical Washington politician like Bob Etheridge?

Dan Mansell has pledged that he will not take one cent of financial support from corporate lobbyists. In light of today’s job losses in Siler City, will Congressman Bob Etheridge do the same?

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830 reasons why Bob Etheridge must go