Vicky Hartzler (r), August 25, 2010:
…My campaign has set aside Friday afternoons through October 22 and has called on media outlets and civic organizations to schedule forums in which the two candidates could state their views and take questions from citizens…
That was then, this is now.
Apparently Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) now believes that Renee Hoagenson’s (D) campaign is “bullying” her by doing what Vicky Hartzler’s (r) campaign did in 2010. Chutzpah. And Karma. And a belief that no one anywhere has any memory that goes back longer than ten minutes.
Renee Hoagenson (D) and her campaign found a few open dates, booked the venues, and publicized a willingness to engage in debates at those dates, times, and locations in the district. Vicky Hartzler’s campaign expressed their outrage at the impudence.
Yesterday in Belton, at one of the days and venues scheduled by Renee Hoagenson’s (D) campaign, Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) was a no show (Is anyone surprised?) – so Renee Hoagenson held an open public town hall. Over sixty voters showed up, along with media – the local paper and Show Me Progress.
The town hall with Renee Hoagenson (D) (and with Vicky Hartzler’s (r) absence) started at 7:00 p.m. and went past 8:30 p.m. Renee Hoagenson addressed written questions submitted by those in attendance and engaged in give and take with the audience. All of this open discussions included follow-ups.
The voters in attendance asked questions and provided their opinions on education, the budget, the deficit, the economy, access to affordable health care, campaign finance reform, term limits, agriculture (the farm bill), student loans, the military budget, and more.
After the “formal” portion of the town hall Renee Hoagenson (D) remained to greet and speak with any individuals who were so inclined.
From Representative Vicky Hartzler(r) via Twitter:
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
During his more than 10 years serving on the D.C. Circuit Court, Brett Kavanaugh has shown his ability to respect, uphold, and interpret the Constitution fairly. I hope Senator McCaskill will decide to support his nomination after their meeting tomorrow.
2:24 PM – 20 Aug 2018 from Washington, DC
Wait, is the House in session?
Some of the Twitter responses:
77 days until we vote you out of office
That they should release all the documents if he is so wonderful. #FireVicky #LiesMatter
I hope @clairecmc remembers the support the @GOP did not give Merrick Garland and that they are hiding something in Kavanaugh’s records. I hope she votes no and will call her office today to remind her!
@RepHartzler states the the Kavanaugh is ok, so I’m sure nothing in his years covered by unreviewed documents could be all that bad. Or it is…. maybe we should get to read it actually…
If he has nothing to hide they should release all his papers. Transparency is essential to democracy.
Why? Is carrying all that water getting heavy?
Uh huh. So is lying in a hearing for confirmation to be a judge protected in the Constitution?
You/GOP: We’re fine w/treason, corruption, obstruction of justice, kids in cages, attacks on allies, our Constitution & institutions, sleazy payoffs, RU attacks, criminality, thousands of lies, racism, mentally unfit 45 as long as we get judges! And we refuse to show all his docs
Wait, didn’t he get caught lying under oath?
Now that Trump has been implicated in crime to influence the 2016 election by paying off women to cover up his illicit affairs, no Supreme Court Justice should be allowed to go forward. #CrookedTrump #Lockhimup
He lied under oath. Why are you okay with that?
Not if she want my vote in November! He’s literally promised to protect Trump from any indictment! Surely you cannot expect any positive reaction to this ridiculous statement! If you can further the cause of justice, get out of the way!
I hope Senator McCaskill gives him the same amount of time, consideration, and support that you give to your constituents, Congresswoman. #FireVicky
Oh did they release his records?
You know who had a great, moderate record? Merrick Garland.
Do you support review of his past decisions which are being withheld by the GOP? What are you hiding? Tell us why you want to help hide his history?
Now that the president has been implicated in a federal crime, Kavanaugh’s hearings should be delayed. You should be stepping up and demanding investigations into what has happened. Your constituents and country over party Vicky.
I think if over a year left was enough for Republicans to stall a SC nominee, then being implicated in crimes and easily meeting the standards for impeachment is definitely worth blocking anyone trump nominates.
What makes you want to destroy your country like this, vicky?
#ReleaseTheRecords and let WE THE PEOPLE decide. #WhatAreTheyHiding?
This is not the time to think of yourself and reelection. This decision will affect the people long after you are gone. Put the people first.
You must be out of your damn mind. Release the records.
They’re not buying it.
Via the Missouri Secretary of State web site:
State of Missouri – State of Missouri – Primary Election, August 07, 2018
as of 8/7/2018 11:15:40 PM
U.S. Representative – District 4
363 of 363 Precincts Reported
John Webb Republican 26,787 26.518%
Vicky Hartzler Republican 74,226 73.482%
Party Total: 101,013
Renee Hoagenson Democratic 24,139 51.871%
Hallie J Thompson Democratic 22,398 48.129%
Party Total: 46,537
Steven Koonse Libertarian 312 43.944%
Mark Bliss Libertarian 398 56.056%
Party Total: 710
Total Votes: 148,260
There were two very good candidates in the Democratic Party primary. Now comes the hard part…
Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) commenting on Twitter about the aftermath of Donald Trump’s (r) performance at the #TreasonSummit:
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Glad to see the President clarify that he accepts the American intelligence community’s assessment that Russia meddled in the election [….]
1:50 PM – 17 Jul 2018
Most commenters aren’t buying it:
You must be getting tired. Carrying all that water has to be exhausting.
Okay, that was funny.
Right, but replacing the “would” with “wouldn’t” acrually doesn’t change what he said OR make any actual sense. You are an intelligent woman, Congresswoman, if you are really playing along with this new excuse, you are willfully trying to decieve decent, hard working Missourians.
You’re as awful as he is.
You have got to be kidding me..right?! Let me guess the staffer running your feed is the one who lays hands on to rid the spirits….eyeroll. Maybe you should apply at the NRA I hear they have an opening today Mueller just caught another one…
Thanks! Literally the best LOL of the day. I’ve seen chocolate covered 4 year olds give more convincing denials than that.
You are worthless and a homer. I can’t believe you bought this or did you listen to something I didn’t
I’m honestly disappointed you are now my representative. If this is the kind of behavior you will acquiesce and make ridiculous excuses knowing full well he didn’t stand up to Putin behind closed doors I will be happy to vote against you.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you weren’t my rep.? What an insult to your constituents’ intelligence. #trumppuppet
If you actually believe him I am even more disappointed in you as my congressional representative than I was. You have sold all your dignity and integrity. It is so sad to watch you kowtow to this administration.
You’ve got to be kidding me. You’re being ridiculous.
Not really a clarification when he contradicts it in the very next sentence, is it?
When specifically asked to denounce Putin’s actions and warn him not to do it again, he punted.
He did not clarify! He said it could be others which indicates he does not trust his intel from American intelligence.
Accepting that “clarification” is a dereliction of duty by you.
Disappointed that you are still blindly following party politics. Have you been listening to Mueller? Trump spoke the truth in front of Putin. He lied today. If you can’t stand up &speak out against him &his shady dealings (business &personal) then you should resign
Trump did not take back his statement that he believed Putin’s denial of meddling.
No he didn’t!! The intelligence agencies reported that it was Russia. IT WAS RUSSIA ONLY!! Trump said today it could have others. Trumps afraid to say it was Russia only because he is compromised. So delete your tweet because it is a lie. GOP TRAITORS!!
Bullshit, Trump can’t make up his mind on his story! Plus 2 hours of private time with Putin, is not except able! You work for the COUNTRY, not the PRESIDENT and you should NOT stand for this! I will be glad when you are voted out.
So convenient you have a soundbyte to counter the reality that it wasn’t just one statement misspoken but a continued pattern of refusing to state publicly that it was Russia. Surely you listened to the entire press conference and know this though
He accepted it before he didn’t, and then in the same breath he did it again. and you’re okay with that. Precisely what I’d expect from a #HelsinkiRepublican.
You’re a joke, Vicky.
You really are dumber than a post!
Well that settles it then.
That could be sarcasm.
The full statement, via Facebook:
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler
I’m glad to see the President clarify that he accepts the American intelligence community’s assessment that Russia meddled in the election. There is overwhelming consensus that Russian individuals hacked into DNC headquarters and stole emails which were shared publicly. They also amplified political divisions within America by spreading discord and misinformation on both campaigns through social media. While the investigation is still ongoing, at this time there is no evidence these actions changed the outcome of the election nor evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. However, these known actions of hacking and social media meddling cannot be tolerated. We experienced Russian meddling here at home in Missouri when a Russian Twitter bot spread disinformation during the Mizzou protests. We know very well that the Russian threat is real and the President must lead on this issue.
Some of the responses:
Have you ever seen a flock of Starlings all flying in the same direction and then for no apparent reason, the birds all suddenly wheel in unison and fly in a different direction — only to all wheel again a few seconds later and, as one, head in yet another direction, and so on, and so on?
Now, just for the fun of it, replace “starlings” with “Republican politicians”……
And if you believe that, Vicky, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.
That tells me all I need to know. You clearly can’t think for yourself. You sit around and wait and then join in. We deserve better
He misspoke in front of the cameras. We can only imagine about what he misspoke on behind closed doors.
Take out the Mizzou reference and this is basically a canned response going throughout congressional pages
Any time that Trump agrees with our intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in our elections, it is because he is forced to say it by public and even GOP backlash. I am sure in a few days he will be right back at saying. “it might have been Russia, it might not have been Russia. ” while hr travels the world, or makes his 5 am tweets, or phone calls to foreign leaders, he continues to insult the leaders of our most precious allies, while he is full of compliments and praises to the leaders of dictatorships. He seems to despise free democratic countries while wishing he could also be a tyrant like Kim Jong Un or Duarte or , even Putin. I don’t think he will change. no matter how much we may wish that he would act more pro-America and more favorably to our allies. It is clear he does not have the best interests of America at heart. He does not hold dear the values that made America great. We are losing credibility all over the world. The fact that you, and others in the GOP continue to support him is tantamount to treason. Please put America before Party.
You are a sell out. I have no interest in being able to travel to Russia without a passport. I’ve voted for you in the past, but never again. And please, don’t return to teaching. I’d hate to think of you teaching your ignorance and prejudice to our children.
You believe him as he read his prepared remarks. I call BS! Hateful nasty Liar Man!
What he should’ve said was, “I’m scared to death of Vladimir Putin, and you should be too.”
This President showed his true colors yesterday. He was disgraceful! “Misspoke” is just one more lie! You follow him in lockstep and join in the disgrace. It’s time the Republicans in Congress get a backbone, take some initiative and govern for what is right for all Americans.
Trump’s clarification is a lie. You are being complicit.
Really? You’re going to believe that BS! You’re acceptance of these lies are part of the problem. He needs to be held accountable!
Dear representative : Yesterday Donald Trump committed TREASON by standing with Putin over our own intelligence services. He is giving aid and comfort to a foreign government who attacked us via the web. US Constitution, Article III, Section 3 says, “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in ADHERING TO THEIR ENEMIES, GIVING THEM AID AND COMFORT. (Capitals mine, for emphasis.) You swore to uphold and defend the Constitution. Only through the impeachment process can you fulfill your duty after today! PLEASE, House, IMPEACH, and, Senate, REMOVE TRUMP!
Oh please……. he doesn’t have a backbone to stand up to Putin face to face. Your backing of Donald shows your lack of a backbone also since you will not hold him accountable. You really need to be voted out of office.
At first you didn’t criticize Trump when he said spontaneously that he believed Putin, not American intelligence, on the question of election interference. You evaded the issue altogether, saying that you couldn’t know what was said behind closed doors in their private meeting. In other words, you are scared to criticize Trump. Now that everyone and his dog – even Fox & Friends! – are critical of Trump you find the incredible courage to say you’re glad that he accepts the US intelligence consensus but then you go on to misstate it! The recent election hacking indictments were against Russian intelligence officials, i.e. agents of the Russian government (not just Russian individuals). Then you refuse to describe what they did accurately. Just as when there are mass shootings you won’t use the word gun in any of your posts, with this issue I note you will not use the phrase “election interference.” But that is what we are talking about – the Russian government interfering in US elections. Why are you so afraid of that phrase? Because it’s true? Because it may be that while there is no evidence that any voting machinery was tampered with in a way that changed a tally, there is still a question as to how Russian government hacking and social media campaigns influenced American voter behavior, particularly because the social media campaigns were carefully targeted. You are not forthright and you’re still trying to protect Trump and your own political career rather than telling people what is going on. It’s behavior like yours and like Trump’s that leads to a loss of faith in elected officials, assuming there is any left. For a change consider the big picture, without reference to your personal ambition.
Yea, you will comment now…sycophant
omg… apparently you really don’t know anything about Russians meddling online. I believe it goes something along the lines of perpetuating fake propaganda through social media…? Kinda similar to posts by Republican law makers…
Guess that means we shouldn’t expect any Congressional leadership on these issues.
Are you kidding me? Trump is lying through his teeth with this “clarification.”. Someone forced him to change his story. He said exactly what he meant at the press conference. While I was watching him yesterday, it reminded me of Nixon going before us on TV declaring “I’m not a crook.” We are in deep trouble here folks and Rep Hartzler chooses to believe a liar over what is glaringly staring us in the face.
Maybe tomorrow he changes his mind again? WTF ?????
Oh, all of this is going to get very interesting. To say the least.
From someone who can’t be bothered to hold any open public town halls in her district.
Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus
By Scott Wong – 07/14/18 12:43 PM EDT
Early jockeying has begun in the race for chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee — the largest caucus on Capitol Hill, and one that has seen its influence grow with President Trump in the White House.
Asked if she’s interested in running, Hartzler, a conservative Christian, replied: “I’m praying on it.”
Her Missouri GOP colleague, Rep. Ann Wagner, is among those encouraging Hartzler, who chairs the Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, to jump in the race.
“She’s a very active member of the RSC,” Wagner told The Hill. “She’s a solid conservative. And I would certainly love to see a woman like Vicky head up the RSC.”
“That would be an excellent dynamic and I think Vicky would be well-suited for that position,” Wagner added.
Uh, there’s a primary election in August and general election in November 2018 first, right?
If you’re afraid to face all of your constituents what would make you think you could lead in Congress? Oh, right, my mistake – IOKIYAR*.
* it’s okay if you’re a republican
Old friends from Vicky Hartzler’s 2010 campaign against Ike Skelton (D).
Astroturf refers to apparently grassroots-based citizen groups or coalitions that are primarily conceived, created and/or funded by corporations, industry trade associations, political interests or public relations firms.
That’s them, fake grassroots.
Today, via Twitter, from Representative Vicky Hartzler (r):
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Honored to receive the Guardian of Senior’s Rights award from the @60PlusAssoc today! I am grateful to have the opportunity to advocate for the senior citizens of #MO4.
1:48 PM – 27 Jun 2018
It appears that the “60 Plus Association” went through some reported board turmoil. They operated as a 501(c)(4).
Lawsuit Isn’t First Time 60 Plus Association Has Been Accused of Lying to the IRS
By Matt Corley
March 11, 2016
The 60 Plus Association, the seniors-focused conservative nonprofit that has spent millions on influencing elections, is in disarray. Last month, four of the group’s board members, including founder and longtime chairman Jim Martin, filed a lawsuit against another set of board members that includes 60 Plus’s president…
There is a 60 Plus Foundation.
The 60 Plus Foundation has a bare bones web site:
[….]The 60 Plus Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3)* non-partisan educational organization formed to identify these problems and needs, and to seek alternative solutions developed through the private sector, financed through the free enterprise system, which enhance the quality of life, dignity, and security of American senior citizens. The Foundation brings together segments of the public, representatives of civic institutions, leaders in private enterprise, and specialists in educational disciplines to restore the vigor, intentions and beliefs of our founding fathers, as those intentions and beliefs relate to senior issues. We work to rekindle a nation and a culture that assists, supports, and provides opportunities to its senior citizens, while respecting the Constitutional right of every citizen to live in dignity and thrive in a democratic society, free from government reliance.
Director and President: James L Martin
Jim Martin and James Martin. They’ve got to be the same person, right?
Apparently the “new” 60 Plus Foundation has applied to be a 501(c)(3).
We can probably guess that “free from government reliance” means they’ll gut Social Security and Medicare and then privatize them.
We’re not sure if it’s the same organization in the tweet or how that translates into Vicky Hartzler being an “advocate for the senior citizens of #MO4.”
Note the 60 Plus Association in the 2012 right wingnut funding maze:
Isn’t that special?
60 Plus Association – rightwing campaign mail: fear as a tool (September 25, 2010)
60 Plus Association – rightwing campaign mail: fear as a tool, part 2 (October 9, 2010)
Congressional campaigns are a never ending series of meet the voters in the district activities. This includes door to door, fundraisers, local party meetings, and meet and greet events.
Yesterday evening a resident of Warrensburg hosted an event in their home to introduce Renee Hoagenson (D), a candidate in the 4th Congressional District, to their friends and neighbors.
Thirty individuals attended and listened to Renee Hoagenson’s (D) story and her agenda to represent the people of the 4th Congressional District in Washington. Over the course of the two hour event she engaged in conversations and then later answered questions on campaign finance, jobs, education, immigration, science and a whole lot more.
There could be change in the wind.
Renee Hoagenson (D): town hall in Warrensburg (June 14, 2017)
Renee Hoagenson (D) – campaigning in Warrensburg (March 2, 2018)
One voter at a time (May 21, 2018)
Good Germans is a euphemism for German citizens during and after WWII who claimed not to have supported the Nazi regime, but remained silent and did not resist in a meaningful way. [….]
Today, via Twitter, from Representative Vicky Hartzler (r):
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Hearing @POTUS lend his support to the House immigration bill to secure our border, prioritize security, & provide a “humane, smart” solution to DACA and families crossing the border illegally. #secureourborder
3:38 PM – 19 Jun 2018
“#secureourborder”? By separating children from their parents and putting them in cages?
Some of the responses:
I have never in my life seen such heartless people as I have in Congress. Be thankful Vicky those are not your children being ripped from your arms. How can you look at yourself in the mirror without being disgusted?
Jesus Christ, Hartzler, look around. What the hell kind of moral freefall are you gleefully allowing to happen? Stop thumping your bible and actually live by it for a change.
His policy led to children being in cages. You’re doing nothing to stop it, this is the policy of this administration to commit human rights violations. And you support child abuse.
He doesn’t need to lend support. It’s his policy. He could just stop it
These are the people you support, Vicky
Vicky, the conversation is about yanking children from their parents and locking them up.
Anything else is deflection.
The inhumane treatment of the Dreamers and the immorality of separating children from their parents are policy decisions by Trump and could be ended by him immediately. Your refusal to demand he does that makes you complicit. Shame on you.
Does the bill prohibit family separation because Trump says that will continue until Congress passes a law prohibiting it.
So you’re listening to lies! Gotcha!
You are a heartless human being. I really wanted to say something worse, but my grandmother (God rest her soul), taught me better than that. #FamiliesBelongTogether
Your bill won’t do any of those things. You’re a shameless liar.
Hearing #TrumpsKidnappingChildren is a warm and fuzzy moment for you? What is wrong with you? Where are your #ChristianValues ? #AllLivesMatter unless it doesn’t justify the ends? There are #children crying for their parents —> causing irrevocable harm #toxicstress [….]
I am so sorry that I ever voted for you. You spoke to our school district and told how you value children and education. You lied to us! Stop blindly following the lies and immoral behavior of trump. Missouri is watching you! For the love of God, do what is right!
Neither one of you have a humane bone in your body.
Finally an issue where some Republicans finally draw the line and speak out against the actions and results of the policies set by this administration, and then there is you.
They’re not buying it.
Via Twitter today:
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Praying for Summit between @POTUS & Kim Jong Un. Historic opportunity for positive progress in world peace, human rights, and security for Korean peninsula.
8:57 AM – 10 Jun 2018
Some of the replies:
I’m sure your prayers will be as successful as they have been for school shootings.
That one would have left a mark if she actually cared.
Don’t worry. Trump likes dictators. They’ll get along famously!
Yet you sit silent as he tears us apart from our closest #Allies
Says the Congresswoman who only barely supports human rights in America.
What do you think about the President single-handedly destroying the alliance of western powers that’s existed since World War II? How about those western values?
To be fair, John Bolton (r) was there, too.
So…. I still gotta wonder….. How do you get anything done with all that praying you do?
But before he goes he insults our allies?! He is a petulant child that is destroying America & @GOP is complicit for letting this happen
I don’t care about North Korea. I care about #America. You and #Trump and #GOP are destroying #USA.
Vicky stands strong in her faith. Faith to rip children away from their parents, faith to take health insurance away from the poor, sick and children. Faith to line her own pockets with tax breaks for the wealthy and farm subsidies for wealthy farmers. But WWJD?
Trump will come out and say nice things about a brutal dictator while he trashes our allies. Trump and the GOP are traitors. Trump and the GOP are Russian Stooges. History won’t be kind to Vicky and the GOP. We will never forget. #traitors
Prayer is not a strategy.
Your silence and that of almost the entire @GOP regarding the treatment of our closest allies is astounding. Will you ever put American interests over your devotion to a reckless dictator wannabe?
Prayer is for morons.
You’re an idiot. Jesus fucking Christmas.
Don’t hold anything back there.