Friday, January 16, 2009

That Didn't Take Long

Barely a week after being sworn into the U.S. Senate, Kay Hagan has already found a new Washington state of mind. Although she campaigned against the federal bailout in the fall, she voted for $350 billion in bailout funds on Thursday. What has changed since then other than her address and title? Sen. Hagan is going to have some explaining to do on her first trip home.

In shift, Hagan supports new bailout dollars

...The Democrat from Greensboro was vocally opposed to the bailout measure during her campaign. She said at the time that Washington needed to be helping out regular Americans, not rushing to aid Wall Street leaders by "giving them our money and crossing our fingers."

"It's a fix for Wall Street, not Main Street, and this isn't a situation where we can afford to only address half the problem," she said in a statement at the time. Hagan avoided taking a position in October until after the Senate had passed the bill. ...