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April 23, 2013

Gainer weighs run for Congress

State auditor would vie next year for 1st District seat held by McKinley

FAIRMONT — While still weighing his options, State Auditor Glen Gainer said he’s strongly considering running for Congress next year.

The Democrat and Parkersburg native would do so in the state’s 1st Congressional District for the seat U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., first won in 2010.

Calling Washington, D.C., “fundamentally broken,” Gainer said there has to be compromise between all branches of the federal government and that too many extremists from both sides of the aisle put their agendas before the fiscal health of the country.

He used the sequestration cuts as an example, the mandatory and across-the-board spending cuts that occurred March 1 because of a bill that passed prior to the last debt-ceiling increase. These automatic cuts will amount to $1.2 trillion over 10 years — $600 billion in national defense and $600 billion in non-military programs.

Because the cuts are not fine-tuned, he said they were affecting federally funded departments like food safety inspectors and air traffic controllers, and the ripple effects would continue and affect the day-to-day life of Americans.

“Who is held accountable? Where and how are we going to prioritize these cuts?” Gainer asked. “The leadership in both houses has to change. We need to right the ship.”

Gainer said the nation has a spending issue, but more so, there’s been a constant lessening of the tax burden for 12 years and no generation of revenue.

“There have been two wars and we didn’t raise one dime in revenue to fight them,” he said. “To go there and spend the billions and billions without paying is irreprehensible.”

 

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