Chicago GOP Senate candidate and businessman Andy McKenna, who has made job creation the signature theme of his campaign, declared on a Chicago radio show that he supports the Bush tax cuts even though he admits they may not create jobs at his own company. McKenna's astounding statement came just two days before the Illinois Department of Employment Security announced that the Illinois unemployment rate rose for the third straight month to 6.8 percent.
"It's astonishing that a local CEO who has not seen job growth under the Bush economic plan, whose central campaign theme is job creation, continues to rubber stamp the Bush tax cuts despite their devastating effects on Illinois workers," said Stacey Zolt, spokeswoman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
On Sunday, McKenna was asked by a reporter on WBBM AM's "At Issue with Craig Dellimore" how many jobs he would create at Schwarz paper as a result of the tax cuts.
McKenna said, "The answer would be, I don't know." (WBBM Radio 780, September 14, 2003)
"McKenna has not created a single job at Schwarz Paper Company since the enactment of the Bush tax cuts, and he has no solid plans to do so. How can you be the 'jobs candidate' and support an economic policy that has caused Illinois to lose over 205,000 jobs?" Zolt asked.
At his campaign announcement last summer, McKenna said, "I'm going to be the jobs senator. I'm going to put forward those ideas that are going to create jobs." (Fornek, Chicago Sun-Times, June 27, 2003)
The Illinois unemployment rate, rising from 6.5 percent in July to 6.8 percent in August, has now reached its highest level since October, 2002. (Illinois Department of Employment Security, release, September 16, 2003)
"When will CEO McKenna tell us exactly how he plans to induce job growth?," Zolt asked.