I saw a TV ad for Stevens Miller last night, the first one I’ve actually caught. In it, Miller and the DPV make a rather bold assertion: that Tom Rust apparently has it in for autistic children, voting to deny them some kind of funding or insurance or something to that effect. As seems to be the norm for the Democrats this election Miller and crew are telling half truths about things.
Rust was a co-sponsor of the legislation to mandate coverage for autism, not an opponent. The bill, HB 1588, was not voted upon by the House. It’s been stuck in the Committee on Commerce and Labor, a committee Tom Rust is not on. There was a vote to discharge the bill from the committee voted upon but the bill itself was never sent to the floor. To suggest that Tom Rust voted against the bill is factually incorrect and I cannot believe Steves Miller and the DPV don’t know that. You know what that makes their claim about Tom Rust into.
Tom Rust, like Tag Greason, was committed to running a clean, issues-based campaign and was content to leave any mention of his opponents out of it. When confronted by people who deliberately misrepresent his actions, he has no choice but to respond. It should speak loudly to the citizens of Tom Rust’s district that his opponent feels it’s just fine to mislead them in order to get what he wants. How can they trust a candidate who intentionally misleads them regarding the facts?
They can’t. Tom Rust has proven himself an able public servant for 8 years and he’s well established in the community. The citizens of the 86th District would be far better served by re-electing Tom Rust as Delegate.