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Surprised AP: Democrats Are ‘Party Of The Rich’

From a gobsmacked Associated Press:

Party of the rich: In Congress, it’s the Democrats

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | March 31, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are the party of the rich, right? It’s a label that has stuck for decades, and you’re hearing it again as Democrats complain about GOP opposition to raising the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits.

But in Congress, the wealthiest among us are more likely to be represented by a Democrat than a Republican. Of the 10 richest House districts, only two have Republican congressmen. Democrats claim the top six, sprinkled along the East and West coasts. Most are in overwhelmingly Democratic states like New York and California.

The richest: New York’s 12th Congressional District, which includes Manhattan’s Upper East Side, as well as parts of Queens and Brooklyn. Democrat Carolyn Maloney is in her 11th term representing the district.

Per capita income in Maloney’s district is $75,479. That’s more than $75,000 a year for every man, woman and child. The next highest income district, which runs along the southern California coast, comes in at $61,273. Democrat Henry Waxman is in his 20th term representing the Los Angeles-area district. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco district comes in at No. 8.

Across the country, Democratic House districts have an average per capita income of $27,893. That’s about $1,000 higher than the average income in Republican districts. The difference is relatively small because Democrats also represent a lot of poor districts, putting the average in the middle…

In the election, Romney carried only one income group: people making $100,000 or more, according to exit polls. But when it comes to Congress, the rich districts like their Democrats. The 10 richest House districts:

New York 12 – Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Democrat. Per capita income: $75,479
California 33 – Rep. Henry Waxman, Democrat. Per capita income: $61,273
New York 10 – Rep. Jerry Nadler, Democrat. Per capita income: $56,138
California 18 – Rep. Anna Eshoo, Democrat. Per capita income: $ 54,182
Connecticut 4 – Rep. Jim Himes, Democrat. Per capita income: $50,732
Virginia 8 – Rep. Jim Moran, Democrat. Per capita income: $50,210
New Jersey 7 – Rep. Leonard Lance, Republican. Per capita income: $48,556
California 12 – Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Democrat. Per capita income: $48,523
New York 3 – Rep. Steve Israel, Democrat. Per capita income: $47,991
Virginia 10 – Rep. Frank Wolf, Republican. Per capita income: $47,281

What amazing figures. And it is eve more amazing that an AP report would report them.

But Mr. Ohlemacher has tried to make amends with some of the rest of the numerous anti-Republican articles he has posted today:

GOP, Democrats represent very different districts
Unwanted feat for Dems: More votes, fewer seats
6 states show how GOP tilted House playing field
GOP districts isolated from demographic changes
GOP has a built-in advantage in fight for US House
The GOP Advantage: Geography Or Gerrymandering?
GOP uses historic win to remake North Carolina map

Hopefully this will be enough GOP slamming to preserve his liberal credentials.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 31st, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Surprised AP: Democrats Are ‘Party Of The Rich’”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Misleading lede … “Democrats Are Modern Mafia”

  2. canary says:

    AP could have reported Democrats have become richest under Obama in one sentence. The lowest employment states are Illinoise, Nevada, & California. Obama, Reid, & Pelosi real problems. NY is not doing well either.

  3. Mithrandir says:

    What would be even more amazing, instead of publishing the location of gun owners, they would publish the location of democrats.

    They all live in golf-course communities miles away from the inner city, and of course Harry Reid lives at the Ritz Carlton. Spread the wealth hypocrites! Publish that!

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