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Carney: Marino is ‘bereft of human decency’

Carney: Marino is ‘bereft of human decency’

Congressman Chris Carney (D-10) called foul play on Republican challenger Tom Marino Monday, saying the former U.S. Attorney has been using dirty politics to misrepresent the incumbent’s stance on abortion.

Carney’s comments, during a conference call with reporters and a statement later, came after Marino criticized Carney—at times using a debunked claim— for not cosponsoring legislation that would reaffirm the policy of not allowing taxpayer funding for abortions. Carney said he had left Washington as the bill was circulated to be with his wife, who underwent surgery for breast cancer. The congressman himself was then silent last week after reporting for active duty as a Navy Reservist.

He angrily broke that silence Monday.

“My priority in the time leading up to Jen’s surgery on July 30 was my family,” Carney said. “The way that Tom Marino has carried out this latest attack, repeatedly attacking on this issue when he knew the circumstances, demonstrates he is bereft of basic human decency. It is gutter politics of the worst kind and it has absolutely no place in our community.”

Carney’s spokesman said he would cosponsor the legislation in question this week. Carney has repeatedly identified himself as being pro-life.

An Aug. 3 statement from Marino’s campaign criticizing Carney on the issue came after word of Jennifer Carney’s surgery was circulating in political circles, though Marino said Monday that he didn’t know. The issue has mostly been a public relations loss for Marino, yielding critical press coverage.

But Marino’s campaign didn’t back off on Monday.

“As a two time cancer survivor, I am disappointed that Mr. Carney would use his wife’s health condition to hide the fact that he refuses to address where he stands on abortion,” Marino said in a statement. “I pray that Mrs. Carney has a full and speedy recovery. Of course we did not know about Mrs. Carney’s surgery at the time of our first press release. I am a stanch supporter of our military personnel, particularly those in combat zones. So Mr. Carney, do not hide behind your Naval Reserve service when it comes to telling people where you stand on issues.”

August 9, 2010 at 5:23 pm

--Donald Hoegg

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