Washington County Commissioner (and Tea Party leader) Diana Irey has loudly talked the conservative line -- free-market economics, small government, fiscal discipline -- when promoting Republican candidates, including herself.
At the most recent meeting of commissioners, the Tribute-Review reports, Commissioner Irey "said she is philosophically opposed to government subsidizing businesses" . . . moments before she provided the deciding vote to pledge millions of local taxpayer dollars to arrange a $20 million federal loan to a privately held business whose founder and CEO is her former colleague as a Republican commissioner, ostentatiously wealthy social climber Joe Hardy.
It appears government assistance isn't socialism, in the world of newly minted socialists Diana Irey and Joe Hardy, if the recipients are centimillionaires. But it is vivid hypocrisy.