State GOP Chairman Tom Wilson thinks that Democrats are “full of SCHIP.”
Wilson circulated a New York Times story by email today about an intra-party Democratic spat today over a compromise between Democrats and Republicans regarding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program that would provide less money for states to cover parents.
Eight senators, including New Jersey’s Frank Lautenberg and Bob Menendez, said they would not support a bill that took money away from parental coverage.
Wilson said that the Democrats’ willingness to forego a compromise that would insure children shows that they wielded the issue mainly for political gain.
“So after all the huffing and puffing about how the President wants to deny healthcare to CHILDREN, we now learn that Menendez and Lautenberg are the ones!!!,” wrote Wilson in an email.
Although it’s a federally authorized program, SCHIP was frequently brought up by Democratic candidates in the run-up to last week’s legislative elections.
“After calling the president every name in the book and hiding behind the fact that we’re hurting the children, we now turn around and learn that this has nothing to do with helping and hurting children,” added Wilson in a phone interview. “It’s about their desire to protect a specific program ,and it was really cynical politics when they all jumped all over the president for cutting funding for children, which is never what happened to begin with.”
Menendez spokesman Afshin Mohamadi offered a tongue-in-cheek response to Wilson.
"Choosing to side with this president instead of the senators who are fighting tooth and nail to protect NJ FamilyCare — reason number 1,574 that the New Jersey Republican Party holds no statewide offices."