You can view his ad here (courtesy of that loyal Democrat puppy dog, Brian Patton).
Here's what should chap everyone's backside. Boucher makes the following statement in his 32 second fantasy piece:
"And today there are 41,000 more jobs in the district than when my work began."
Does that even pass the smell test?
Does Southwest Virginia look to you like its brimming with new jobs?
If we are prospering (because of this joker's efforts to bring employers to the region), how does he explain this?
Ask yourself: If Boucher's doing such a swell job of bringing jobs to Southwest Virginia ("41,000 more than when my work began ..."), why is the 9th District emptying out?
Region may lose seats when legislative districts' lines are redrawn
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times
Richmond -- The boundaries of three congressional districts that cover parts of Western Virginia will change and the region's General Assembly representation could shrink after state lawmakers draw new legislative districts next year.
The region could lose at least one seat in the 100-member House of Delegates when the General Assembly draws new districts to account for a decade's worth of population shifts.
The boundaries of three congressional districts in the region could change dramatically. The 9th District represented by Democrat Rick Boucher of Abingdon, which already stretches from the coalfields to the Alleghany Highlands, is about 67,000 people short of ideal size. State Del. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, is challenging Boucher this year, fully expecting that his home will be in the 9th District by next year. [link]
Only a fool would believe his claim.
And only a cynical Washington politician would have the temerity to make it.
For every entry-level-paying call center job that Rick Boucher has brought to his district, ten quality jobs have been lost. For every Echostar or Cingular, there's a Mack Truck and an Ethan Allen and a Celanese Acetate and a Johnson & Johnson and a Lear Corp. and a Dan River and a Tultex and a Spring Ford Industries and a National Textiles and a Buster Brown and a Natalie Knitting Mills and an American of Martinsville and a Virginia Glove and a Virginia House Furniture and a Lea Industries and an ArvinMerito and an Alcoa Wheels and a Rowe Furniture and a VF Knitwear and a Vaughan Furniture and a Webb Furniture and a Burlington Industries and a Renfro and a Hooker Furniture and a Bristol Compressors and a Stanley Furniture and a Dana Corporation and a Thomasville Furniture and a Sara Lee Branded Apparel and a Bassett Furniture Industries and a Pulaski Furniture ...
... and tomorrow brings the prospect of only more misery.
So quit jerking us around, Rick. If jobs are your highest priority, you've failed.
It's time to let someone else try to turn things around.