first_imgHedrick throws support to HerreraRepublicans wasted no time going on the offensive in the 3rd Congressional District race Wednesday after Democrat Denny Heck and Republican Jaime Herrera placed in the top two in the Washington primary.“Denny Heck will be a rubber stamp for the Nancy Pelosi agenda of bloated government and more spending,” the National Republican Campaign Committee and the Herrera campaign warned in a joint statement.Citing Heck’s public statements, the GOP said he was on the record as supporting more than $1.8 trillion in new federal spending.Herrera campaign spokesman Casey Bowman said the $1.8 trillion figure includes the estimated $1 trillion cost of implementing health care reform, the $787 billion stimulus bill Congress passed last year, and the $26 billion “state bailout” Congress appropriated last week to help states cover Medicaid costs and protect schoolteacher jobs. “I believe government needs to go the opposite direction, let employers invest their own money in job creation, and get people back to work,” Herrera said in the statement. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Heck campaign fired back with an accusation that Herrera, by opposing the $26 billion state bailout, favors protecting tax breaks for companies that ship American jobs overseas.last_img

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