I have been accused, as have many of Jim's supporters, of supporting him "only because Claudia can't win." In all fairness, they are right. I haven't given my reasons why I feel Jim has done a good job and why I will stand behind him in spite of the fact that he has not always voted "with the progressives" on issues that are important to many Democrats.
Here is my short list.
1. Jim voted "YES" to expand the Federal stimulus
2. Jim voted "NO on the Chrysler and GM bailouts
3. Jim is a co-sponsor of the Employment Non-Distrimination Act.
4. Jim voted "YES" to pass Hate Crime legislation.
5. Jim supports Embryonic Stem Cell Research
6. Jim voted "YES" to expand CHIP
7. Jim voted "YES" to extend Unemployment Benefits
8. Jim voted "YES" to increase the minimum wage
9. Jim voted "NO" to make the Bush tax cuts permanent
Jim receives a 56% rating by the ACLU. Hatch and Bennett receive 12% and 14%, respectively.
Jim receives a 64% rating by the League Conservation of Conservation voters. Bennett: 27%, Hatch: 18%
Jim receives 67% rating by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal employees. Hatch & Bennett: 9%
Jim receives a 30% rating by the Christian Coalition. Bennett & Hatch: 90%
Jim receives an A plus for from the Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. Hatch and Bennett: FAIL
Jim has also done a lot for my community. He supports funding projects that have a direct impact on the Iron County Children's Justice Center, the Family Support Center, Public Education, our social workers, police officers and other public servants.
Jim comes to Iron County several times a year and has always been accessible whenever I have needed to speak to a member of his staff, or even to him personally.
As for Jim's NO votes... all I can say is that 90% of the people within Jim's district do not support federal health care reform as it has been done (and whether progressive democrats like this fact or not, it is a fact). Jim voted the will of the people in his district. Maybe it wasn't my will or yours... but he was listening to the overwhelming majority.