Most Nebraskans probably don't know that Tom White makes his living as a trial lawyer. As an attorney, he's very familiar with federal and state court rules, including those rules that apply to what attorneys call "discovery," which is the process of requesting and gathering information in preparation for trial. One discovery device is called a "request for admissions" whereby a party is asked to admit or deny a specific statement; if the party doesn't respond appropriately within 30 days the statement is deemed admitted. It's a great way to pin down a party who is being evasive and won't give precise answers to precise questions.
In recent years, those rare instances where Nebraskans have supported Democrats have come as a result of Democrat candidates hiding the truth as to what they plan to do if elected. It's only after these stealth candidates have misled Nebraska voters that we learn of their real intentions.
Case in point: Democrat Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle was elected by remaining completely silent on the critical issues facing Omaha; now that he has been elected and his positions are coming to light, Omahans are having "buyer's remorse" and Suttle is already the target of recall efforts.
Tom White claims to be "exploring" a bid for the U.S. House of Representatives--he wants Nebraskans to throw out Congressman Lee Terry, someone whose positions mirror those of the Second District and who currently serves as the dean of our state's congressional delegation.
Let's not let Tom White be a stealth candidate and pull the same Nebraska Democrat trick that Jim Suttle did.
Tom White: where do you stand on the issues?
So as to not let Tom White avoid answering the questions, I'm publishing 5 Requests for Admissions that the Nebraska Republican Party is asking him to definitely answer on or before Friday, September 4, 2009. In the event White chooses to continue to hide his positions and not respond, the Nebraska Republican Party will conclude that each of the 5 Requests set forth below are ADMITTED by Tom White and we will proceed to educate the voters of the Second Congressional District of what exactly he plans to do if elected.
Request No. 1: Admit or deny that if you were a member of the current Congress you would have voted IN FAVOR of H.R. 2454, the House version of the "cap-and-trade" legislation.
Request No. 2: Admit or deny that if you were a member of the last (110th) Congress you would have voted IN FAVOR of H.R. 800, the House's version of the so-called "Employee Free Choice Act," otherwise known as "card check."
Request No. 3: Admit or deny that if you were a member of the current Congress you would have voted IN FAVOR of the $787 billion so-called "stimulus" legislation passed by the House and Senate on February 13, 2009.
Request No. 4: Admit or deny that if you were a member of the current Congress you would have voted along with the other Democrats and voted AGAINST an amendment offered by Congressman Lee Terry on the version of health care legislation that was marked-up and advanced by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on July 31, 2009; that amendment would have provided all Americans with access to the same health insurance plan that members of Congress have.
Request No. 5: Admit or deny that, if elected, you will vote to re-elect Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The clock is running. We look forward to learning of your responses on or before September 4, 2009.