Category Archives: Mike Castle

Castle Retires and Accepts will of the People

Congressman Castle ended speculation over a write in bid last night, which clears the way for a united Republican bid for U. S. Senate. The Congressman officially closed this chapter of a long and distinguished career stretching over 44 years. We wish him and his wife the best in this new chapter of their lives. DOVER, - Longtime Republican congressman Mike Castle has ruled out a write-in campaign in the U.S. Senate race in Delaware. Castle, a former two-term governor and the longest serving congressman in state history, lost the GOP primary earlier this month to tea party favorite Christine O'Donnell. Del (AP) He issued a statement Wednesday night saying he had ruled out a write-in campaign, which many supporters had asked him to consider. Beth Miller quotes that statement in an on line report. While I would have been honored to represent Delaware in the U.S. Senate, I do not Read more

A personal endorsement–Castle for Senate–HELL NO

My endorsement means nothing compared to Mama Grizzly. Nonetheless, I will give one of my principle reasons for voting in favor of Christine O'Donnell and against Mike Castle. I fully respect conservatives and moderates who choose Mr. Castle. He is a decent man who has built up 44 years of good will while holding office. If he wins the primary, he will have my support in the general election because once again I will have no real choice and will make a strategic decision. I hope you will respect my just as sincere reasons for not supporting him this primary election. The fact is that he is the number one reason that I am voting for O'Donnell. He lost my vote about 4 years ago when he decided to make his signature issue taking my tax money to subject embryos to experimentation and destroy them. He then wants to use them in some unproven stem cell farm system despite the abundance of evidence Read more

Does Mike Castle Favor Banning Under GOD from the Pledge?

I heard Mark Levin mention that Congress Mike Castle even voted against protecting "under GOD" in the pledge. I immediately researched the issue. The reason why you never read it here is that I do not buy it. The Congressman voted a half of dozen times in favor of protecting "under GOD" in our pledge. Here is one recent example in 2005. I was puzzled about this mysterious vote. Today, we finally have an answer. The critics are pointing to an amendment that some critics say would weaken the bill. The center piece of the Pledge Protection Act was that it would use the authority that Congress has to limit jurisdiction of the courts to take the pledge out of lawful jurisdiction of any courts that Congress created (which is all but the Supreme Court) and out of the appellant jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. Congressman Castle favored allowing the Supreme Court to stay in the mix, but eliminate Read more

Ron Williams has a point?

News Journal Columnist Ron Williams had an interesting take today. For the first time in a long time, I actually agreed with most of what he said minus a couple of shots he takes on Urquhart (glossed over all Glen Urquhart said about rape victims), Castle (Mike Castle is not on the ballot vs. Urquhart and voting for one does not affect the other), and O'Donnell (Christine is a serious thinker and candidate). One area that I disagree with him on is the idea that a successful conservative insurgency in the Delaware GOP means others must leave. We need new ideas in Washington. That does not mean we are after anyone. There is no purge or any other silliness. It is just people choosing which direction will better serve America. It means that we are for someone not excluding anyone. The rise of the conservative majority is the revival of Americanism. It is something that has an appeal to Read more

What do Sestak and Castle have in common?

They are both running for U. S. Senate.  They are both running against conservatives.  They are both endorsed by Mayor Bloomberg of NYC.  I do not know if he considered that Congressman Castle was in a primary.  Endorsing him on the same day as he endorses two Democrats may not be the best move in politics if he really favors Mr. Castle. Talk about giving credibility to the wild party switcher allegation, with friends like Bloomberg.... New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg will make an endorsement triple play Tuesday, backing both a Democrat and a Republican in competitive U.S. Senate contests, along with an urban Democratic mayor whose education reform pushes mirror his own. The trip comes at a time when Bloomberg has become the national face of support for the ground zero-area mosque, a fact that will certainly play a role at each press conference he holds and could end Read more

Mike Castle’s Guest Opinion in the News Journal

For those who were wondering, Congressman Castle has last put out a news release from his Senate Campaign July 8th. All of the news and for that matter momentum has been with O'Donnell. If you wondered if we stopped giving space to both sides, we have not. Until now, she is on the move and he was playing prevent defense. Today, he had a piece in the Wilmington News Journal in case the Castle acolytes missed it.  Go read it.   Interestingly, the Castle campaign realized they were getting killed in the new media and had a new media strategy secession.  One has to wonder if it is too little too late, only time will tell.  If she does win, it will be a triumph of new media and strategy over old.  O'Donnell and her people will be able to write the new book on campaining. Read more

Christine beats Chris: Castle loses Ground but still leads

UPDATED with Statement by O'Donnell at the end: The argument for Congressman Castle is that he is inevitable.   Rasmussen has just changed Delaware from being safe to leaning GOP.  Congressman Castle still looks safe, but he dropped below 50% for the first time against Tax hiker Chirs Coons who is still mired in the 30's versus either Castle or O'Donnell who both go into 40's.  Mr. Castle is at 47% and Ms. O'Donnell is at 41%.  The fact that Christine has a chance in the general may make the primary more competitive though he is still the front runner.  Conservative voters may be more comfortable going with their heart.  Time will tell. O'Donnell for Senate issued a response to the poll as always candidate releases are the view solely of the candidate and not necessarily Delaware Politics. The Following statement was released by Christine O'Donnell in response the Rasmussen Read more

The Castle File– Week of July 3

In the interest of balance, I like to keep track of our elder statesman. It was a busy week for the Congressman. He put out a tissue of distortion on the Disclose Act. Later, he blasted the changes which gave carve outs to older organizations and seemed to be going after new tea party organizations and business groups freed by the Citizens United Ruling. I applaud him for that, but he voted for the bill any way. I pan him for that. Press releasing conservatively and voting liberally doesn't fly here. Although he is the bill's lead Republican co-sponsor, he said Democrats didn't consult him before exempting the National Rifle Association and other large organizations from the bill's disclosure requirements. He's leaning in favor of the bill, but said he will have to study how "destructive" the amendment will be. "Frankly, I don't like any of the exclusions," said Castle, of Delaware. "Why Read more

Republicans show up to African American Festival

The heat did not exhaust the enthusiasm of the crowd at Dover’s 20th Annual African American Festival, but it did light a fire for one candidate.  The festival opened with the traditional procession of the elders.  Most were familiar to the community from years past.  This year the festival also welcomed a new “guest elder”.  Glen Urquhart, the conservative Republican for Congress, who purchased a booth, was welcomed in the nonpartisan tradition which included State Senator Brian Bushweller D-Dover and State Representative Donald  Blakey of Camden.  The first time candidate got some gentle ribbing and smiles as he introduced himself as a Conservative Republican at the event, but was warmly welcomed as he gave a quick pitch about the federal debt killing jobs and related with the audience with a Biblical analogy.  “ Debt kills jobs”, he proclaimed.   Within two hours, Read more

Castle Answers Critics Who Say He Did Nothing For Jobs

CASTLE INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO ASSIST SMALL BUSINESSES Extends Small Business Tax Breaks; Reduces Burdens to Boost Lending Washington, D.C. — Today, Delaware Congressman and senior Member on the House Financial Services Committee, Mike Castle introduced the Small Business Assistance and Relief Act, to help small businesses succeed in the current economy by extending tax breaks for small businesses, reducing regulatory burden, and increasing the number of loans being made to small businesses.  Small businesses make up over 93 percent of Delaware’s employers, with over 72,000 employing approximately half of private-sector employees in the state. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and it has been made clear to me through hearings before the Financial Services Committee, as well as meetings with Delaware small business owners across the state, that taking measures Read more

Christine Bashing– A Favorite Establishment Sport

She is no threat according to the establishment, yet she is the focal point of their attention.  The latest dust up is a minor financial disclosure report. Delaware Tomorrow, a fine Republican leaning blog, blasted Ms. O'Donnell as not believing the rules apply to her. The real fact emerged that she had followed the rules and applied for an exemption whose approval happen to be announced the day after the post. Her lawyer had an heart attack and the campaign applied for an extension. Instead of accepting the facts, they spun a conspiracy. It is a cover up. The reporting requirements have not changed. 30 days have passed, May 15th has come, and gone. And yet… Christine O’Donnell has STILL not filed the required Personal Financial Disclosure Report. Nor has she, at any point, requested a waiver or an extension of the reporting requirement. Update: The Secretary of the Senate says Read more

Acquisitions act would help reduce federal spending-Guest Opinion by Congressman Castle

 (Originally published Delaware State News)      The U.S. budget deficit soared to $1.4 trillion last year, and is expected to reach $1.6 trillion by the end of 2010.   Experts agree that a deficit this size cannot be sustained in the long-term.  Families across Delaware and throughout the nation are making smart choices with their finances in this economic climate, tightening their budgets and saving money, and the federal government needs to do the same.   Federal dollars must be spent efficiently, and with good reason behind every purchase. Each day the Department of Defense spends just over $1 billion on contracts to acquire products and services from defense contractors to provide our soldiers with the necessary resources to keep them protected while they fight to defend our freedoms and bring stability to volatile regions around the globe. Unfortunately, Read more

CASTLE JOINS REP. MALONEY ON MATERNAL HEALTH BILL

Release from the Castle Office Legislation Could Save Lives of Millions of Women Globally Washington | June 7, 2010 - Reps. Mike Castle (R-DE) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) recently introduced legislation, the Obstetric Fistula Prevention, Treatment, Hope and Dignity Restoration Act of 2010, H.R. 5441, which would authorize funding to prevent and treat women suffering from obstetric fistula, a horrific and debilitating condition that occurs in women after prolonged labor, predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. “I am pleased to be working with Rep. Maloney on this maternal health initiative, which will help address the avoidable agony caused by obstetric fistula," Rep. Castle said. "By focusing on a coordinated and locally relevant approach to prevention and treatment, we can improve the health of women and children around the globe and Read more

Misusing Opensecrets.org

Over the last couple of months there have been posts on this site that use campaign finance figures from the Organization Opensecrets.org They are posted here http://www.delawarepolitics.net/who-supports-chris-coons/ here http://www.delawarepolitics.net/follow-the-money/ here http://www.delawarepolitics.net/rep-mike-castles-conflict-of-interest-pt-ii/ and here http://www.delawarepolitics.net/rep-mike-castles-conflict-of-interest/ In certain instances, allegations of conflict of interest and corruption are made. Opensecrets.org. is a great resource for the politically savvy. I use it regularly and find that it is a great starting place for doing research. But it is just that, a starting place. One should not use summaries of opensecrets.org to smear certain organizations or candidates where in fact there is no basis in fact that anything illegal or even immoral has been done. I say Read more

Financial Reform the House Dynamic

Changes approved in the Senate may earn more support in the House of Representatives if they make it through negotiations.  Our own Congressman Mike Castle is getting significant attention in today's The Hill post on this subject. Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.), a congressman running for the Senate, said he liked the Senate version of the financial reform plan better than the House legislation and that he would consider voting for it when it emerges from the conference negotiations between the two chambers. “We’re watching it very closely,” Castle said. He cited a number of provisions that could make the difference in his vote, including the language on regulation of derivatives and corporate governance. There is no question that the Senate bill actually tries to make some reforms instead of just make a political statement like the House bill. I do wish that reform of the GSE's would Read more

Guest Post On Mike Castle

Mike Castle - Fiscal Responsibility Fact Check On his website Mike Castle claims to be Fiscally Responsible. I decided to do some Fact checking. I thought, maybe I'm WRONG about Congressman Castle. Maybe he IS a budget hawk. This is what I found: FACT - Castle voted for TARP (the $700 Billion bailout of the financial industry in 2008 FACT - In 2008 the American Conservative Union and Club for Growth (Fiscal conservatism) rated Mike Castle at 28% and 26% respectively. FACT - Castle voted FOR the Auto-bailout that resulted in GM being owned by the unions and taxpayers FACT - American for Fair Taxation rated Mike Castle as a -1 against the FairTax measure FACT - Castle Voted FOR permanently raising taxes on businesses FACT - In 2008 the National Tax Payers Union gave Congressman Castle a D rating FACT - AGAINST making the Bush tax cuts permanent, capping discretionary spending at $973 Read more

Castle Leads in Rasmussen Poll

Republican Senate Candidate Mike Castle leads Democrat Chris Coons 55% to 32% in the latest Rasmussen Delaware Polling Report. According to Rasmussen "The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Delaware shows Castle picking up 55% support to Democrat Chris Coons’ 32%. Seven percent (7%) of the state’s voters prefer some other candidate, while another seven percent (7%) are undecided." Castle's support has remained consistent since January and there has been little movement in the polls. The report shows that Delaware has a Democratic tilt that Castle appears to have weathered.  Castle is the choice of voters unaffiliated with any major party by a four to one margin.  While only 47% nationwide approve of the job Obama has done as president, 54% of Delawareans approve of Obama's job performance.  This trend also follows in issues associated with Read more

A Real Leader

UPDATE:  Congressman Castle gives a statement on the proposed bill. Details are still being drafted so it is unavailable a this point. Van Hollen and Castle Announce Bipartisan Agreement in Response to Citizens United   Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Congressman Mike Castle (R-DE) announced that they have reached a bipartisan agreement on a legislative response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Citizens United v. FEC, which they plan on introducing shortly.  Below is their joint statement:   “The Supreme Court’s ruling on Citizens United v. FEC overturned two decades of precedents that prohibited corporate and union expenditures in political campaigns.  This decision enables larger financial interests to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens, allows foreign corporations to spend money through their domestic subsidiaries, and permits major Read more

From the Right and the Left

Sometimes being in the middle brings people together if to attack you. From the right and the left,  Congressman Castle seems to be under attack due to his erratic record.  Delaware Democrats have bench Mike Castle there was a site called Thank you Mike Castle which encouraged him to retire, and Mark Levin's blog is typical of conservative sites. Our own Frank Knotts founded R.A.C.E.(Republicans against Castle's Election). The good news for the Congressman seems to be that voting is not limited to the political cyber world. He leads all polls currently. The question is can he avoid self inflicted errors. If he doesn't, there is a skilled PR expert waiting in the wings. Many Conservatives have victory nationally in their sites and would rather not have to think about a come from behind strategy in Delaware. Mr. Castle would be senator for 4 years while we build the party and get a conservative Read more

Rep. Mike Castle’s Conflict of Interest Pt. II

   The following is a press release from March 12, 2010.  " Title: Castle Supports Bringing More Bankruptcy Judges To Delaware Date: 03/12/2010 Location: Washington, DC Press Release Castle Supports Bringing More Bankruptcy Judges To Delaware Today, Delaware Congressman Mike Castle voted in favor of H.R. 4506, the Bankruptcy Judgeships Act, legislation aimed at authorizing additional federal bankruptcy judgeships. Delaware, which currently has one permanent and five temporary judgeships, would now have six permanent positions. "With the financial crisis and economic downturn resulting in an increase in the amount of both corporate and personal bankruptcies, Delaware's bankruptcy courts have experienced rising caseload," said Rep. Castle. "With the temporary positions set to expire soon, this bill makes the five temporary slots permanent. In addition to reflecting the seriousness Read more

For Quiet Alice

My dear friend, quiet Alice wondered why I have not published a Castle release lately. The fact is that they have only put out one in about a week. That goes for all of the campaigns, the first rule of publication is to put out something interesting. I may choose to write something that I find intersting like the Hatch endorsement or the Ning website, but the easiest way to insure we notice is to send us a heads up. (I admit that part of me is laughing about this being the only release in 6 days from the Congressman when we have a nation in crisis, but part says this affects us everyday maybe it should get attention so tell me if this matters in the comments.) The release is on the first draft page, but I will publish it here, just for you. No offense but a national endorsement, whether or not to repeal the bill (HCR), and national TV stories highlighting a campaign just seems more Read more

Rep. Castle:Member of the House Financial Services Committee

PACs Congressman Michael N. Castle 2009 - 2010   Campaign Finance Cycle: 2010200820062004200220001998Career Total PAC Money for 2010: $715,850 Number of Contributions: 366 Sectors, 2009-2010  ::  Finance, Insurance & Real Estate  ::  Commercial Banks American Bankers Assn $10,000 Bank of America $10,000 Bank of New York Mellon $10,000 Barclays Group US $2,000 Citigroup Inc $3,000 Consumer Bankers Assn $2,000 JPMorgan Chase & Co $5,000 PNC Bank National Assn $2,000 Quicken Loans $1,000 US Bancorp $3,000 Wells Fargo $3,000 Wilmington Trust Co $1,500 Based on Federal Election Commission data available electronically on Sunday, March 21, 2010. Everyone can  draw their own conclutions ! Read more

Castle, Coons, and O’Donnell

This is an interesting article on where they stand in the aftermath of the Health deform Law. I am always struck by the lack of leadership by Congressman Castle even when he comes down on the right side of the issue. He is right that repeal is hopeless this year. I do not care if he signs on or not. The key is where do we go from here. That is what I am not hearing. He may be saving it for later so do not jump to conclusions. His statement, published on our site Monday, was a very cogent analysis of the problems of the bill. It showed sound reasoning. Now we need that applied to the future. All we need to know about Chris Coons is that he won't talk to the paper, won't post a statement on his website, sent this out which was posted on Delaware Liberal. I still am awaiting a copy to be posted or emailed to me. I will post its text below the fold. All you really need to know is Read more