By Tiana L
Two years ago, during an interview on WBZ’s NewsRadio he was asked by a caller if he “accepted any money” into his district. Ryan said he did not.
“I’m not one [of those] people who votes for something then writes to the government to ask them to send us money. I did not request any stimulus money,” the congressman answered.
He kept this lie up as recently as Wednesday– denied ever taking stimulus money while sharply criticizing the program, when he spoke to ABC’s Cincinnati affiliate, WCPO, in Ohio.
We’ve now obtain additional evidence, Ryan did write letters. He did request stimulus funds.
In 2009, Ryan wrote to Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis asking for stimulus money to cover costs on two energy conservation projects in his home state of Wisconsin. In the letter, Ryan said the funds would help create jobs and reduce “energy consumption” in the state. At least one of the companies received the requested cash.
However, 24 hours later Ryan realise that he was on a train wreck trying to sustain an unsustainable lie and finally decided to come clean after being confronted once again by a local reporter.
“After having these letters called to my attention I checked into them, and they were treated as constituent service requests in the same way matters involving Social Security or Veterans Affairs are handled,” Ryan said in a statement. “This is why I didn’t recall the letters earlier. But they should have been handled differently, and I take responsibility for that.