CNET gave Ron Paul (R-TX) the highest grade (80%) of all the senators and representatives in their recently published technology voter guide (via Slashdot). Funny enough, he’s being attacked in his re-election bid by Democrat Shane Sklar on… wait for it… Internet-related votes:
Top-scoring politicians said some bills, especially ones that proponents couched in terms of protecting children from Internet dangers, were politically difficult to oppose.
Rep. Paul, a physician and Texas Republican, has been in a tense re-election campaign with Democratic cattle rancher Shane Sklar. Sklar has been running advertisements questioning Paul’s voting record–and especially focusing on Internet-related votes.
“It’s the No. 1 issue being used in the campaign against me,” said Paul, who has a reputation on Capitol Hill for putting principle before politics. “You do know when you’re voting a certain way that it may come back to politically haunt you in the campaign.”
Sklar’s Web site, for instance, says Paul “has repeatedly voted against legislation designed to catch online child predators”–without noting the constitutional objections that Paul raised at the time.
“I have a personal belief that the responsibility of raising kids, educating kids and training kids is up to the parents and not the state,” Paul said. “Once the state gets involved, it becomes too arbitrary.”
Sounds like Paul got some mighty timely ammo to put Sklar’s main campaign message to bed.