TYLER—Louie Gohmert’s statement Friday to the Longview News Journal that Congress should put aside impeachment and work together on an infrastructure package is the height of hypocrisy given he has previously voted against billions in infrastructure that would help his own district, Gohmert’s opponent said Saturday.
“Louie Gohmert wants to tell everyone to look the other way on impeachment, when he is really hoping we will look the other way at his poor record for our district,” said Hank Gilbert, a Tyler businessman who is running against Gohmert for Texas’ Congressional District 1.
“For Gohmert to call for a massive push on infrastructure when he has already voted against billions for our highways, railroads, and airports this week is the height of hypocrisy,” Gilbert said. “He hasn’t said a word about infrastructure on his numerous appearances on radio around the nation desperately defending the administration’s actions,” Gilbert said.
On January 10 of this year, Gohmert voted against legislation that would have provided $175 million for airport infrastructure improvement, $750 million in funding including grants for local airport improvement, $45 billion for the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, $3.3 billion in other highway funding, $270.4 million for highway safety programs, and $300 million for railroad repair.
“Gohmert is talking about infrastructure because he knows he’s neglected the infrastructure needs of our district, and it is a good distraction from the current situation in Washington—to which he is ruinously attached—even though his own record on infrastructure is spotty at best,” Gilbert said.
Gilbert said infrastructure improvement has been one of the cornerstones of his campaign.
“Gohmert is trying to make people think if we give up on important matters of national security and pretend like nothing is happening in the White House, Congress will magically join hands, sing America the Beautiful, and pass a bi-partisan infrastructure package,” Gilbert said.
“If that were true, Gohmert would not have voted against appropriations that would have helped our district back in January,” Gilbert said.
“This is another distraction. Gohmert wants you to be comforted by what he is saying and not actually think about what he’s done. What he is saying makes no sense in the context of his own record. He’s not going to suddenly come out for spending money on infrastructure,” Gilbert said.
“When I’m in Congress, I’ll work to ensure that our infrastructure is properly funded and that infrastructure expansion is done with respect for private property rights and without eminent domain abuses,” Gilbert said.
Gilbert has been one of Texas’ leading voices against eminent domain abuses since 2005.
Congressional Records: Roll Call 23, Jan. 10, 2019 | HR 267, 116th Congress, 1st Session