Monday, September 29, 2008

$700 billion question

Posted on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 12:51 AM

By Gilbert Garcia

I was part of KTSA's "Gang of Four" on Friday morning with host Jack Riccardi, and moments after the Gang wrapped, Riccardi interview District 23 Representative Ciro Rodriguez about the Wall Street bailout plan.

Rodriguez revealed that, based on what he'd heard about the plan, he had mixed feelings, and noted that his legislative rule of thumb is "When in doubt, vote against it." Obviously, some of the changes negotiated over the weekend (namely the taxpayer protection provision that came from Nancy Pelosi) will factor in Rodriguez's vote.

To give a sense of the political pressures involved in this election year, Rodriguez said he'd received 515 calls and emails opposed to the bailout and only 22 in favor of it.

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