After January 2011, U.S. Representative Mike Castle will no longer be in Congress. He didn’t run for re-election to the House of Representatives, and just yesterday he lost the Maryland Republican primary for the U.S. Senate to Christine O’Donnell.
The phrase being used the most to describe Congressman Castle this morning is “too liberal”. A recent Public Policy Polling survey may have been the source of this label, having found that 55 percent of Maryland Republicans agreed with that label for Castle.
That Representative Castle is too liberal may be the majority opinion among Maryland Republicans, but will Americans as a whole accept that judgment? Is Mike Castle really too liberal to serve the United States of America on Capitol Hill?
Was Mike Castle too liberal when he voted to help George W. Bush rush into war in Iraq?
Was Mike Castle too liberal when he voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act? The legislation makes it more difficult for workers to be given lower pay because of their gender.
Was Mike Castle too liberal when he voted against the Corporate and Financial Institution Compensation Fairness Act, legislation that aimed to make gigantic executive pay illegal when it endangers the health of executives’ companies?
Was Mike Castle too liberal when he voted against legislation to repeal the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy of discrimination against homosexuals in the U.S. military?
Was Mike Castle too liberal when he voted to extend, without reform, the most abusive spying practices used against Americans under the Patriot Act begun under George W. Bush?
Was Mike Castle too liberal when he voted for an amendment by Bart Stupak to block access to insurance coverage for abortion?
Just how far to the Right do Republicans need their leaders to be?