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For Immediate Release                                                                                                                  Contact: Alex Rosenwald

April 30th, 2009                                                                                                                               Phone: (703) 383-0880

 

"Sometimes, the truth hurts.  Ron Sims may not like it, but it is

a matter of public record that his office concealed information

that was politically damaging.  And that is not the sort of record

that ought to be brought to Washington."-ALG President Bill Wilson.

 

Sims HUD Nomination in Deepening Trouble as

ALG Calls for Senate Rejection

 

April 30th, Fairfax, VA-Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson called upon the Senate to reject the nomination of Ron Sims to deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development as "an irresponsible choice by Barack Obama of a man who ought to be sent back to Seattle to ruminate in his field of schemes."

 

ALG News has learned that at least one Senator is considering placing a hold on Sims' nomination for additional questioning over Sims' role in long-standing stadium controversy.  And now more are raising questions over the controversial nomination's qualifications.

 

"As King County Executive, Ron Sims' administration first concealed information from King County voters to get Qwest Field built via a 1997 referendum," said Wilson. 

 

"And then, Sims' office concealed the same information for another four years from Armen Yousoufian, who prior to the vote requested studies be made public that were damaging to the political case made by Sims to the county legislature and residents who voted to build the stadium," Wilson added.

 

"And then, only because of a court order did his office 'find' the documents.  Barack Obama promised the most open, transparent administration ever.  And yet Obama's nominee Sims acted so arrogantly that it took a court to force him to disclose basic information," Wilson noted.

 

In a recent video interview with the Washington News Observer, when asked if he concealed anything and was fined $120,000, Sims denied any wrongdoing.  "I didn't conceal anything… I was not fined $120,000." 

 

"As a matter of fact, it's interesting because there is nothing in the court record at all involving me personally.  I never was involved in that at all.  There's nothing-nothing regarding my conduct.  I didn't conceal a thing.  I did order the release of documents after they were discovered, but I never concealed anything," Sims added.

 

The trial court that originally heard the case ruled King County could have complied with Yousoufian's request within five business days following Yousoufian's initial request.  Instead it took more than four years and a handful of lawsuits. 

 

Contradicting Sims' denial that "there is nothing in the court record" involving him, "The office of Ron Sims, King County Executive" was listed as the respondent in the case Yousoufian v. Sims, as reported by the Washington Examiner.

 

"To this day, Sims cannot come to grips with the fact that the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that his office 'repeatedly deceived and misinformed Yousoufian,'" said Wilson.

 

According to the majority opinion in the case, "The unchallenged findings of fact demonstrate King County repeatedly deceived and misinformed Yousoufian for years.  King County told Yousoufian it produced all the requested documents, when in fact it had not.  King County told Yousoufian the information was located elsewhere, when in fact it was not.  After years of delay, mispresentation, and ineptitude on the part of King County, Yousoufian filed suit; nevertheless, it would still take another year for King County to completely and accurately respond to Yousoufian's original request, well past the purpose of his request, the referendum on public financing of a sports stadium."

 

"Sometimes, the truth hurts," said Wilson.

 

"Ron Sims may not like it, but it is a matter of public record that his office concealed information that was politically damaging.  And that is not the sort of record that ought to be brought to Washington," Wilson concluded.

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                  Contact: Alex Rosenwald

May 1st, 2009                                                                                                                                 Phone: (703) 383-0880

 

"The American people did not support ttheir out-and-out robbery. 

And thanks to the Senate, who stood with their constituents, the

American people have finally won a small victory against the bailout

barons."-ALG President Bill Wilson.

 

ALG Praises the Senate for "Voting to Uphold

Common Sense in Mortgage Markets"

 

May 1st, 2009, Fairfax, VA-Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today strongly praised the Senate for voting against H.R. 1106, a bill that would have given bankruptcy judges the power to reduce mortgage principals and rates.

 

In a statement, Wilson said, "Americans for Limited Government thanks the Senate for voting against the radical fringe of the Democrat party and for rejecting the idea of forcing those who pay their bills to also pay for those who won't."

 

"H.R. 1106 would have forced responsible U.S. taxpayers and homeowners to compensate delinquent borrowers and irresponsible lenders that took out and made the bad loans in the first place," Wilson added.

 

The legislation had passed the House of Representatives 234-191, but failed by 15 votes in the Senate when the Democrat Senate majority failed to kill a Republican filibuster.  The vote was 45-51, and effectively kills the legislation. 

 

"The American people did not support this out-and-out robbery," he added.  "And thanks to the Senate, who stood with their constituents, the American people have finally won a small victory against the bailout barons."

 

Wilson, in a letter to Congress in February, warned that the legislation would have further weakened and distorted the housing market.

 

"The Senate's constituents are the ones who would have ultimately paid for these mortgage cram-downs," Wilson said.

 

"It would have forced banks to eat the costs when the principal owed on the mortgage is reduced, and then the banks facing insolvency would have had to then turn to the government for more bailout funds," Wilson explained.

 

"The taxpayers then would have wound up paying twice: first to bail out the borrower who couldn't afford their house, and then the bank that was forced by government to make the bad loans in the first place," Wilson added.

 

Wilson also warned in detail that the bankruptcy courts would have become overwhelmed, "There were about 2.3 million foreclosures in 2008, and fortunately most of the Senate realized that 368 bankruptcy judges could not handle that sort of caseload."

 

"It would have been an unmitigated disaster," Wilson said.

 

Wilson believes that most Americans do not support President Obama's plans for mortgages. 


"It's very simple: the American people do not want to reward those who made bad decisions in the first place.  It is Barack Obama who now stands for paying off those who took out loans they could not afford and wants to continue to force banks to make loans that cannot be paid back," Wilson said.

 

"Fortunately, Obama's upside-down worldview is starting to unravel," Wilson concluded.

 

Interview Availability: Please contact Alex Rosenwald at (703)383-0880 or at arosenwald@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.

 



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