The Worst in Congress: Filner Misses Nearly 60% of Votes While Paid Full Salary
San Diego, CA—Embattled Congressman Bob Filner, candidate for San Diego Mayor, was taken to task today for missing nearly 60 percent of roll call votes in Congress this year while drawing a full salary. Filner also topped the list of the Ten Members with the Worse Congressional Voting Records for 2012. Carl DeMaio, his opponent, demanded that Filner immediately refund taxpayers 60% of his congressional compensation including pension benefits for not doing his job.
“While middle-class San Diegans are struggling to make ends meet in this tough economy, Bob Filner works sparingly, missing nearly 60% of votes while receiving a full-salary and full pension benefits,” said Carl DeMaio, candidate for San Diego Mayor. “Filner’s last year in Congress exemplifies personal privilege over community obligation. Filner is obligated to do the job he was elected and is paid to do, and since he didn’t, taxpayers should be immediately refunded 60% of his compensation.”
This year Filner missed 353 out of 603 roll call votes according to Congressional voting records.
“Inexcusable. Bob Filner just finished his last term in Congress and really didn’t care about his job, neglecting to vote almost 60 percent of the time. And now Filner has the audacity to want a promotion to be Mayor?” asked Ryan Clumpner, Campaign Manager for the DeMaio campaign. “During the primary, candidates saw a tremendous backlash by voters for missed votes and yet, Bob Filner doesn’t care, missing the last week of voting entirely.”
DeMaio added, “Sadly, we have the ultimate betrayal by a career politician who was elected to serve but is serving his own selfish interests. On the other hand, I have personally met my voting obligations even though I, too, am campaigning for mayor.”
In May, the UT San Diego noted that DeMaio “boasts the best overall voting record during the period reviewed with a 92 percent voting rate last year and nearly 100 percent this year."
The Filner campaign released a video attempting to rationalize his missed votes.
“Filner’s campaign may attempt to spin this but the bottom line is he didn’t vote, he didn’t vote, Bob Filner just simply didn’t vote,” Clumpner said.