EXCLUSIVE from Quorum Report Tonight: TEA Party Challenger to Pete Sessions Criticized for Collecting Unemployment
Former Dallas County GOP Chairman calls Katrina Pierson a “fraud”; Pierson says there’s no scandal
The Republican challenger to Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, came under fire this weekend for what some point to as a blatant hypocrisy and “fraud” in the form of taking advantage of a government program while consistently railing against the government. Tea Party activist Katrina Pierson, who Sen. Ted Cruz has called “utterly fearless,” was on unemployment benefits leading up to her decision to run for Congress, newly released documents show.
According to the Financial Disclosure Statement she was required to file when running for federal office, Pierson received over $11,000 in unemployment benefits from the Texas Workforce Commission between January of 2012 and November of last year.
“She is a fraud,” said former Dallas County GOP Chairman Jonathan Neerman, who is supporting Sessions in his reelection bid. “She is taking advantage of a government program while, at the same time, attacking Republicans for increasing the size of government,” Neerman said.
Pierson was quick to respond and took offense to the accusation that this revelation proves she is somehow a hypocrite.
“Not sure what the scandal is here,” she told QR on Sunday evening. “A single mom getting child support loses her job because of Obamacare and had unemployment.” She said she is now working as a consultant for businesses and campaigns in Dallas County.
Pierson has garnered national attention because some wonder just how long Sen. Cruz’s coattails really are in Texas. She also recently got the endorsement of former Gov. and Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin.
“A few months then starting my own business with Dallas based clients deciding to run for office is a crime?” she asked. Pierson said that the GOP is “throwing wet noodles against the wall” as they try to discredit her. “They aren’t use to “regular folks” running for office,” Pierson said.
You can see Pierson’s Financial Disclosure Statement here.
You can read the top part of this entry on the site, Quorum Report, but to read it ALL on their site you must be a subscriber at a cost of $325.00 per year.
Well, I have to tell you, I am an old retired guy and I just can’t afford to pay for that kind of subscription, luckily, I have a friend that sent me the full text and I present it here, with full citation back to the original source.
Now according to the story from QR Ms. Pierson was on unemployment from January of 2012 until November of *last year*, 2013 if I am reading this correctly. If that’s not a misprint then I am left to assume that Ms. Pierson drew unemployment for at least 22 months.
Basic unemployment in Texas is for 26 weeks according to the person I spoke with at the Texas Workforce Commission, but extended FEDERAL benefits, as I understand it, go on for a very long time, with us, the TAXPAYER, footing the bill.
I am very curious as to how Ms. Pierson came up with the money to launch and run any kind of a viable campaign given the HUGE differences between HER campaign money on hand, money garnered while on unemployment I presume, and that of Rep. Pete Sessions, a hard working Congressman that is NOT on unemployment.
But still; just how much money can you make on unemployment?
The above article says Pierson drew $11,000.00 in unemployment over those 22 months; how in the hell do you pay a mortgage, a house note, feed and clothe a child, buy food and maintain ANY standard of life on $11,000.00 over a 22 month period of time and then SUDDENLY become the Belle of the Ball with the Garland TEA Party and raise $76,187.00 to wage a campaign against a well known and highly effective Congressman like Pete Sessions?
WASHINGTON — Tea party leader Katrina Pierson’s has raised just $76,187 in her bid to unseat veteran Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas.
Sessions, a member of the House GOP leadership and chairman of the influential Rules Committee, hasn’t filed his end-of-year campaign finance report yet. But even through the end of September, he had more than $1.3 million stockpiled. SOURCE
I’m not going to make any accusations but I am going to state MY opinion; this entire campaign by Katrina Pierson and her ilk SMACKS of racism, race baiting, irregularities and questionable statements.
Anyone call fall on *hard times* and need financial assistance, I fully understand that, but I am of the opinion that someone is paying Pierson’s bills for her and I want to know who it is.
You don’t *fall on HARD times* and come up grinning. Unemployment, as I understand it, doesn’t pay enough to finance a run for the U.S. Congress.
And one other thing; the endorsement by Sarah Palin doesn’t mean a thing, her picks in the past have been nothing to write home about, and one pick Palin made, the *Black Mass* participant, Christine O’Donnell, was a total embarrassment.
Edit to add: Ms. Pierson; one of MY sources tells me that you were NOT fired due to the implementation of ObamaCare. I am told that your were fired for incompetence and then sued your former employer by playing THE RACE CARD, which is something that I am very aware of you doing. You did it to me when I quoted your words, WORD FOR WORD, but somehow, using YOUR words made ME a RACIST. Yes indeed Ms. Pierson, you DO use your *RACE* and the RACE CARD when it’s convenient.
If you lost your job because of Obamacare, well, I find that VERY hard to believe, in fact, I am calling TOTAL BS on that one. To begin getting unemployment in January of 2012 you would have had to have been fired several weeks prior, in the year 2011, if the article that this is taken from is correct.
To the best of MY knowledge no one had lost their jobs as a direct result of ObamaCare at that particular time.
I also find it offensive that you lived off the Government that you claim to hate, and instead of using your unemployment money to support your son, you jet to NY and DC to try and be somebody instead of doing something productive, like getting a job in the fastest growing job market in the United States of America.
Ms. Pierson, I am of the opinion that you are nothing more than a *welfare slug* that used the system to your advantage and are, quite likely, nothing more than a duplicitous LIAR of the 1st Order.