Want more evidence that Mike “Nutshot” McFadden’s campaign is Not Ready For Prime Time?
Just ask him what his position is on raising the federal gas tax to replenish the Federal Highway Trust Fund.
The last time that fund saw an increase, the price of a gallon of gas was $1.10. When initially asked whether he supported an increase in the fund, which hasn’t seen a new capital injection in twenty years — he answered in the affirmative. Minutes later, he changed his mind and answered in the negative.
Questioned by a local reporter, McFadden at first said he would support a higher gasoline tax if revenues were cut somewhere else.
Per the Strib:
He took another question on a different topic and left with a pair of campaign staffers. Seconds later he reappeared and addressed reporters again.
“I just want to reiterate that I will not support raising the gas tax,” McFadden said. A reporter then said, “I’m sorry, I thought you said you would as long as there was a corresponding decrease …”
“No, I won’t,” McFadden interjected.
The reporter then said, “No support? So how would you …”
A McFadden staffer jumped in and said, “We gotta go.”
Later in the day, McFadden called reporters and said he wanted to clarify his position.
“What I didn’t want to do is support an increase in the gas tax because I don’t think that’s the right long-term solution,” he said.
Although he wasn’t specific, McFadden reiterated that overhauling the federal tax codes could free up money for transportation projects.
Yup, he’s looking more and more like the Mitt Romney Clone he got labeled early on.