POLITICS
03/14/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

MoveOn Goes After Cornyn For Skipping Stimulus Vote

Playing off reports that Sen. John Cornyn missed the preliminary Senate vote on the stimulus package in order to attend a gathering of Republican donors in midtown Manhattan, Moveon.org is out with a radio ad attacking the Texas Republican.

The spot, which plays off the Texas' dire economic landscape, will run in "major Texas markets" starting on Thursday over the course of five days, according to officials with the progressive organization. "The exact buy is still being worked out as we speak. This is a rapid response ad." Here is the script:

This economy is the worst Texas has seen in decades: No credit for small businesses. Soaring college and health care costs. Seven hundred thousand Texans out of a job.

So you'd think Senator John Cornyn would be fightin' like hell for Texas. But just a month into a new term, Cornyn made it clear who he really works for. On Monday instead of voting to save tens of thousands of jobs and billions in tax cuts for Texas, Senator Cornyn was in New York City toasting Wall Street donors and political insiders - the same people who got us into this mess.

Cornyn said he didn't show up, 'cause his vote wouldn't have made a difference. But when Wall Street needed a bailout, Cornyn was there and he voted to give them seven hundred billion dollars. Now, much of it is missing and so is John Cornyn.

We need a senator on our side, not Wall Street's. Call John Cornyn at 202-224-2934 and tell him to get back to work for Texas.

Politico was first to report that Cornyn, the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, was in New York on Monday when the rest of his Senate colleagues were casting votes on an economic recovery package. Of the traditional "Monday Meeting," Ben Smith wrote: "Though not a fundraiser, the meeting is a hub of conservative money and buzz, a good place for Cornyn to tap into resources in his role as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee."