SPOKANE, Wash. – Cathy McMorris Rodgers today released a new TV ad about her opponent’s long history of tuition increases on Eastern Washington students. In this newest ad titled “Really,” students tell their own stories of what former State Majority Leader Lisa Brown’s votes have meant for students in our communities.
“Lisa Brown is right that the high cost of tuition is a huge crisis. Unfortunately in Washington state, it’s a crisis of her own leadership,” said Jared Powell, spokesman for Cathy McMorris Rodgers for Congress and 2015 WSU graduate. “Lisa didn’t just vote for these changes, she led the effort to dramatically shift the cost of higher education away from the state and onto the backs of students. What’s worse, after Lisa drastically increased costs on students, she went to take a job at Washington State University making $364,000 a year.”
“Lisa Brown is a cautionary tale of what happens when you put someone from the Ivory Tower into politics. She went to Olympia to try out some of her radical economic theories on real people’s lives. Her lofty rhetoric of wanting to help students now, is at odds with her record of devastating cuts and tuition hikes that hurt students and families. Now we’re all paying the price,” said T.J. Mohammed, current student at Washington State University.
Fellow WSU student David McClerran added, “Thanks to Brown doubling tuition on her watch, working a part-time job to pay your way through school is a thing of the past. It’s not fair to me or my fellow students that Brown balanced the budget on our backs. Brown’s policies hurt the very people she says she is now trying to help: students and families. Frankly, she should be ashamed to be campaigning on student debt.”
“It’s the state’s obligation to fund our universities and colleges,” said local student Rachael Larson. “Brown abdicated that responsibility, cut the budgets, allowed tuition to skyrocket, and then took a comfortable job paying $364,000 per year. Meanwhile, she missed 1,000 votes while in the State Legislature. If I didn’t show up to work, I wouldn’t get paid. Brown’s record, and current attempts at appealing to students without being honest about what she’s done, is simply outrageous.”
A descendant of Oregon Trail pioneers, Cathy is the fifth generation of the McMorris family to call the Pacific Northwest home. She was the first in her family to graduate from college and worked for 13 years in the family orchard and fruit stand in Kettle Falls. She was the 200th woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and is the only woman to give birth three times while serving. Cathy and her husband, Brian, retired Navy carrier pilot, live in Spokane with their three children - Cole, Grace and Brynn.
For more information about Cathy McMorris Rodgers, visitwww.cathyforcongress.com
Watch the full ad here.