Bob Casey, Jr.

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Bob Casey, Jr.
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U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
From: January 3, 2007 - Present
PredecessorRick Santorum
SuccessorIncumbent (no successor)
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Party Democrat
Spouse(s) Terese Foppiano Casey
Religion Roman Catholic

Robert Patrick Casey, Jr., born April 13, 1960 (age 54), is an American politician and is the current Democratic United States Senator from the state of Pennsylvania. He was elected by pretending he is pro-life and benefiting from the popularity of his father, who was a pro-life Democratic governor of Pennsylvania. But Casey, Jr., then proceeded to cast many pro-abortion votes after he was elected as a senator. For example, he announced that he will vote against a budget bill if it cuts taxpayer funding to the nation's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. Casey is closely aligned with Obama, Reid and has voted with Democrats 93% of the time. [1]

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Biography

Casey, one of eight children, was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, of Irish American descent on his father's side. He is the son of Ellen Harding Casey and Bob Casey, the 42nd governor of Pennsylvania. Casey graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1982, and received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America in 1988. Between college and law school, Casey served as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and spent a year teaching 5th grade and coaching basketball at the Gesu School in inner city Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Casey practiced law in Scranton from 1991 until he ran for and was elected Pennsylvania State Auditor General in 1996. In 2002 he attempted to follow in his father's footsteps by running for Governor, but lost by 12 percentage points in the Democratic primary.

2008 Democratic Convention

Barack Obama's campaign has held discussions with Bob Casey, Jr. regarding a speech at the convention in late August. "I don't necessarily think there has to be a 'Catholic strategy,' because I'm not sure the Catholic vote is any more monolithic or predictable than any other vote," "The most committed pro-life voter and the most committed pro-choice voter can come together over the issue of how do we help pregnant women," Casey said. [2] For Casey to call a child in the womb "a choice" shows he is out of touch with Conservatives on this issue. To say he is the most committed pro-life voter is bold face lie, in stark contrast to his Presidential endorsement. Considering Bob Casey, Sr. was unable to speak at the 1992 convention due to his pro-life stance, the 2008 Democratic party jubilantly embraces Bob Casey provided that Casey doesn't interfere with their abortion as-a-right platform.

2006 Senatorial Campaign

Casey was drafted to run for the Senate by DSCC Chairman Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. He easily won the Democratic primary with 85% of the vote. Then Casey defeated incumbent Republican Senator Rick Santorum with 59% of the vote in the general election.

Abortion views

Bob Casey campaigned as a conservative Democrat, but after election voted for many pro-abortion bills. This was in contrast with his late father, who was a popular Democratic governor of Pennsylvania.

In 2011, Planned Parenthood was exposed for child-sex trafficking, among other crimes. Also, they have lied about performing mammography screening services. Casey voted to keep funding Planned Parenthood with taxpayer's money. [3] His vote in favor shows how out-of-touch Casey is on pro-life matters.

During the 2008 Democrat Presidential primaries in Pennsylvania, Bob Casey Jr. gave his super delegate and backing to Barack Obama. Conservatives of both parties began to wonder about his true conservative principles due to his support of abortion candidates. By selecting Obama, he is pocketing his pro-life views in favor of the 100% NARAL rated Obama. He supports a candidate that feels partial birth abortion is not a travesty but a right to protect. Also rated by NARAL, Casey sides with pro-life legislation only 1/3 of the time. For 2007, his NARAL ratings was 65%. [4]

Casey voted against the Mexico-city policy, lifting restrictions on funding international abortion programs with U.S. taxpayer money. [5] Casey defends his vote, says it is not about abortion. In Casey's Catholic diocese, Bishop Martino wrote, “The Mexico City Policy is, first and foremost, about abortion, not about family planning.” In addition, the senator was persisting in "formally cooperating with the evil" caused by the policy. [6]

Casey voted to confirm Kathleen Sebelius to head the Health and Human Services Dept. in objection to the Pro-life movement. [7]

Casey disagrees with 15 pro-life House Democrats that abortion should be removed from any future universal healthcare reform bill. “I think it is abundantly clear what my position is on the issue of abortion.” [8] Casey fails to understand that without an explicit exclusion, abortion would be federally funded.

Casey has introduced the Pregnant Women Support Act which has bi-partisan support and is supported by the Catholic Church, "which he [Casey] believes provides life-affirming support for pregnant women and their unborn children." [9]

Criticisms

Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, questioned Casey being a speaker at the Democratic convention. Donahue said the Pennsylvania senator is pro-life “in name only” – unlike his late father. [10]

ACORN

In the wake of the ACORN scandal exposed by James O'Keefe, Senator Mike Johanns proposed an amendment to defund the organization. This amendment passed the Senate overwhelmingly; however, Senator Casey was one of seven Senators to vote against the amendment. This was widely, and correctly, seen as a vote in support of ACORN.[11] Commenting on the vote, Bill Wilson of Americans for Limited Government said, "The ACORN Housing Corporation has long been pushing the very loose-lending policies that helped destroy the housing industry. And now it has been exposed for working with prostitutes, as well. Yet, these seven Senators [Casey] have knowingly voted to keep sending taxpayer money to a highly corrupt organization of pushers and pimps," [12]

Opportunist

Conservative radio personality Mark Levin says, "He calls himself a moderate, don't believe it. He's just another liberal." [13] In addition, "They have to wake Casey and tell him when to vote."

Rick Santorum and other Republican leaders have criticized Casey as being an "opportunist." Citing that he ran for four different statewide offices in six years. Another issue that Casey has been criticized for is his attendance as Pennsylvania state treasurer (a position he held from 2005-2007). During his first year as a candidate for U.S. Senate, State Treasurer Bob Casey spent half of his work days away from the office, according to an analysis of records provided by his campaign.

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References

  1. the U.S. Congress votes Database.
  2. Abortion Surfaces as Democratic Convention Issue Philadelphia Inquirer, August 8, 2008
  3. Planned Parenthood Votes Shows Pro-Life Democrats Extinct, LifeNews.com, April 15, 2011
  4. Pro-Lifers Question Casey Speaking at Democratic Convention CNSNews.com, August 14, 2008
  5. FRC Action Condemns Senator Casey's vote on Mexico City Policy Family Research Council
  6. Pennyslvania Bishop Warns Sen. Casey on His Support for Ending Mexico City Policy CNSNews, March 3, 2009
  7. Senate Votes to Approve Pro-Abortion Obama HHS Nominee Kathleen Sebelius Lifenews.com, April 28, 2009
  8. Abortion Issue Should Not Impede Debate on Health Care Reform, ‘Pro-Life Democrat’ Says CNCNews, July 02, 2009
  9. Democrat Senator Bob Casey's "Pregnant Women Support Act" provides "authentic common ground" Christian Coalition of America, May 28, 2009
  10. Pro-Lifers Question Casey Speaking at Democratic Convention CNSNews.com, August 14, 2008
  11. Senate denies ACORN funding, Politico, September 14, 2009
  12. ALG Condemns 7 Senators,Politico Mafioso, September 16, 2009
  13. Mark Levin Radio program July 03,2009The Mark Levin Radio Show ABC Networks
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