Jim Inhofe Has a Democrat Challenger: About Those Term Limits

Matt Silverstein says he will challenge long-time Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) in the 2014 Senatorial race. Silverstein sees himself as a Democrat version of Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK). Right.

Jim Inhofe

Jim Inhofe

Silverstein points to Inhofe serving in the Senate seat for Oklahoma since 1996 [took Democrat David Boren’s seat by appointment in 1994 – it’s been uphill from there] and “on the government payroll,” however, he acknowledges Inhofe is “for term limits.” Inhofe is only one of numerous Republicans behind term limit legislation in the past. Currently there are numerous bills (see them below). Good luck trying to bring term limits up for vote in Harry Reid’s Senate and by the way, Reid was elected to the Senate in 1983 and I can find no history of him supporting term limits but do find that he vigorously opposes them.

Senator Harry Reid is looking to disable term limits stating they are ‘counterproductive’ and impede ‘our ability to move forward.’

In his Tuesday address to the Nevada State Legislation joint session, Sen. Harry Reid says relationships built and institutional knowledge gained has made the state a better place so removing term limits is beneficial.

“We don’t need artificial term limits. After all, we already have natural ones. They’re called elections. Anyone serving today should be able to serve at the will of the voters – the people of Nevada. I don’t think anyone here believes our constituents lack the capacity or don’t deserve the right to choose their own leaders. And if you don’t believe they’ll exercise that right, just look at the United States Congress.” Source: KOLO8

Flashback 1996:

Inhofe is one of the most steadfast supporters of term limits in the U.S. Congress. As president of the combined freshman/sophomore class in the Senate, Inhofe and his staff are leading our efforts to work for passage of the constitutional amendment scheduled for a vote in April on the Senate floor.

At his very first meeting of Republican senators (before he was even sworn in!), Inhofe made the first of his many pleas to the Senate to pass the constitutional amendment to limit the terms of all members of Congress.

When the Senate vote on term limits is held in April, both Sen. Inhofe and Sen. Don Nickles will cast votes in favor of the measure (Senate Joint Resolution 21). When that happens, Oklahoma’s entire congressional delegation will have voted in the 104th Congress in favor of congressional term limits.

Legislation to set term limits for the US House and Senate is pending now – EVERY SPONSOR AND CO-SPONSOR IS A REPUBLICAN, with the exception of one lone Democrat

5.H.J.RES.8 : Sponsor: Rep Fitzpatrick, Michael G. [PA-8] (introduced 1/3/2013)  Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of terms that a Member of Congress may serve to 4 in the House of Representatives and 2 in the Senate. Latest Major Action: 1/25/2013 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution And Civil Justice.

6.H.J.RES.22 : Sponsor: Rep Harris, Andy [MD-1] (introduced 1/22/2013) Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of consecutive terms that a Member of Congress may serve.  Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/28/2013 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution And Civil Justice.

7.H.J.RES.23 : Sponsor: Rep Duffy, Sean P. [WI-7] (introduced 1/25/2013) Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of consecutive terms that a Member of Congress may serve.   Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/25/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

8.H.J.RES.26 : Sponsors: Rep Barr, Andy [KY-6] (introduced 2/12/2013) Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of consecutive terms that a Member of Congress may serve. Cosponsors (6)  Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/28/2013 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution And Civil Justice.

Barr’s bill has 6 sponsors – EVERY SINGLE CO-SPONSOR IS A REPUBLICAN

9.H.J.RES.41 Sponsor: Rep Salmon, Matt [AZ-5] (introduced 4/23/2013) Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to limiting the number of terms that a Member of Congress may serve. Sponsor:Cosponsors (9) Committees: House Judiciary Latest Major Action: 4/30/2013 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

Salmon’s bill has 9 co-sponsors. EVERY SINGLE CO-SPONSOR IS A REPUBLICAN

10.H.J.RES.45 : Sponsor: Rep Bridenstine, Jim [OK-1] (introduced 5/14/2013) Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States granting Congress the authority to enact laws limiting the number of terms that Representatives and Senators may serve. Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Judiciary Latest Major Action: 6/14/2013 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

Bridenstine’s bill has one co-sponsor – A DEMOCRAT!

11. H.J.RES.48 : Sponsor: Rep Marino, Tom [PA-10] (introduced 5/22/2013)Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of consecutive terms that a Member of Congress may serve. Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Judiciary Latest Major Action: 6/14/2013 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

15.S.J.RES.2 : Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/23/2013) A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to limiting the number of terms that a Member of Congress may serve. Cosponsors (9) Committees: Senate Judiciary Latest Major Action: 1/23/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Vitter’s bill has 9 co-sponsors. EVERY SINGLE CO-SPONSOR IS A REPUBLICAN

16.S.J.RES.3 : Sponsor: Sen Paul, Rand [KY] (introduced 1/23/2013)  A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to limiting the number of terms that a Member of Congress may serve to 3 in the House of Representatives and 2 in the Senate.Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate Judiciary

NOTE: Paul’s bill has 1 co-sponsor – A REPUBLICAN.

Before leaving the US Senate, in what I believe was abject disgust, former Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced term limit legislation along with remarks:

Last year, DeMint introduced a “Term Limits for All” constitutional amendment that would limit Representatives to three terms and Senators to two—that’s a total of six years for the former, 12 years for the latter.

“If we’re ever going to permanently change Washington, we must change the process that encourages career politicians to amass personal power instead of making the hard decisions for the nation,” DeMint said at the time. “We need true citizen legislators who spend their time defending the Constitution, not currying favor with lobbyists.”

DeMint’s legislation didn’t get far, never coming out of committee for a proper vote. Most recently, DeMint attached an amendment to the STOCK Act, the focus of which is to bar insider trading by members of Congress. DeMint’s amendment in that instance did nothing more than say the Senate should pass a joint resolution proposing the constitutional amendment he seeks.

Last week, the Senate voted 75-24 to strike DeMint’s amendment from the bill. Source: WYNC

The Seventeenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed into law in May 1913, amending/changing the way Senators are elected. Originally, state legislatures elected Senators. With the passage of the 17th Amendment, the people of the state do the electing.

Just do a search of the InterTubes, you’ll find Democrat lawmakers are overwhelmingly against term limits.

Back to Jim Inhofe and Silverstein, both of whom have private sector business experience. Inhofe’s donors include the oil and gas industry, both important to Oklahoma’s thriving economic health, the NRA, and the American Medical Association (AMA). He supports energy independence for our state and for our country and is delightfully vocal about the myths behind the global warming climate change controversy and doesn’t mind taking on the EPA. He has opposed the U.N. and Obama’s quest to disarm America.

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Matt Silverstein is 33-years-old and a “financial adviser.” Not much else I can find other than, the Daily Kos loves him, mainly for supporting gay and lesbian marriage:

Although we don’t know where Silverstein stands on most issues, it wouldn’t be difficult to point out that he’s NO Blue Dog Democrat by any means and won’t relent when it comes to fighting for gay & lesbian rights…

…and for giving Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page grief for supporting Inhofe.  Yes, really.

I support Senator Inhofe. I appreciate the strong stands he has taken for his country and his state. I believe in term limits. Let’s get ‘er done. I won’t hold my breath.

 

 

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