May 2, 2016

McGinty Dodges On Philly Soda Tax Clinton Endorsed

Less than a week into her general election campaign, Pennsylvania Democrat Katie McGinty is making it clear that she’s willing to say or do anything to get elected.

In an interview with Philadelphia’s NBC 10, McGinty repeatedly dodged a question about liberal Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed soda tax – an extreme measure most recently championed by former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

After a clumsy attempt to dodge by pivoting to broader education issues, McGinty was pressed again with simple yes or no question – which she still failed to answer:

ANCHOR: So to be clear, the soda tax itself, is that something you support?

MCGINTY: Well, I think that again the Mayor is working hard to put good ideas on the table. I think it’s worthwhile to look at and consider. When I worked with Governor Wolf we put a different idea on the table and that was with respect to shale gas companies. Shale gas companies now not paying any severance tax at all even though we have the second biggest gas industry in the country. That’s not right. We need resources. I applaud the Mayor. I think people are working hard to find those resources and that’s what’s important.


Further complicating the tortured word salad that was McGinty’s non-answer is that Hillary Clinton, who McGinty endorsed, apparently didn’t need time to “look at and consider” the soda tax proposal – she came out in favor of it prior to the Keystone State primary:

Hillary Clinton said Wednesday she is “very supportive” of a plan by the mayor of Philadelphia to tax soda in order to pay for universal pre-school… “It starts early with working with families, working with kids, building up community resources — I’m very supportive of the mayor’s proposal to tax soda to get universal pre-school for kids,” Clinton said. “I mean, we need universal pre-school. And if that’s a way to do it, that’s how we should do it.”

McGinty’s incoherent spin on a cut-and-dry issue like Mayor Kenney’s far-left nanny state proposal is proof positive that she is desperately scrambling away from her ultra-liberal record of supporting massive tax increases to win an election.