First he said he never requested stimulus.
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan told Cincinnati’s WCPO today that he “never” requested stimulus funds for his Wisconsin district in 2009.
The problem: That blatantly contradicts a report from The Boston Globe that says Ryan wrote at least four letters to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu for a “pair of Wisconsin conservation groups.”
Then he said his staff was responsible for requesting stimulus.
In a paper statement on Thursday, Ryan said, “After having these letters called to my attention I checked into them, and they were treated as constituent service requests in the same way matters involving Social Security or Veterans Affairs are handled.
Now he’s saying he wasn’t aware of the letters requesting stimulus.
RYAN: I didn’t know about those letters until very recently when they were brought to my attention because they went through our constituent case work system and I take full responsibility for that. The point I’m trying to make is, the stimulus was a failure
Yes, I signed the letters, and “I was pleased that the primary objectives of their project will allow residents and businesses in the partner cities to reduce their energy costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and stimulate the local economy by creating new jobs.” But, you know, the stimulus was a failure.
If it’s true that he didn’t know about the letters, wouldn’t that indicate Ryan doesn’t keep track of what’s being approved by his office? And if he didn’t know about them, how did his hand-written signature wind up on them?
If it wasn’t for the government, Ryan would still be driving that Wienermobile.