Is anyone really surprised that some of those “fiscally responsible” Tea Party Republicans elected in 2010 aren’t really so “fiscally responsible” now that they’ve been elected?
Though they campaigned on a platform of reducing the deficit and ridding wasteful spending, more than a half-dozen Tea Party congressmen have collectively spent over $100,000 in taxpayer money on personal vehicles.
ThinkProgress examined spending records for the 112th Congress and found seven GOP freshmen — Reps. Chip Cravaack (R-MN), Sean Duffy (R-WI), Bill Flores (R-TX), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Mike Pompeo (R-KS), and Steve Womack (R-AR) — who had spent an average of $15,000 on cars for themselves. All together, their taxpayer bill totaled $106,643.
Rep. Duffy spent $24,525.00 in taxpayer funds for his personal vehicle. While there’s absolutely nothing illegal about the practice of using taxpayer money to lease personal-use cars, the practice reeks of hypocrisy for Tea Party Republicans like Duffy who promised to “lead by example” when it comes to deficit reduction.