The beautifully decorated Conservatory Day Spa and Salon in Kingwood was the hot spot to be last Saturday, when a special fundraising reception was held for Congressman Ted Poe. Hosting the event were Janice and Paul Costa, Halene and Ron Crossman, Eunice and Rod Dennis, Anita and Chet Frazier, Karen and Earl Garrison, Sharon Lewis, Phil Lively, and Susan and Ron White. Delicious hors ‘d oeuvres provided by Raffas were enjoyed as guests mingled, discussed current political events, and questioned Poe on issues challenging Republicans this election season. Poe, who is up for his fourth election this November, took a break from the mingling in order to address guests with remarks about current hot-button issues. “Government spending is out of control,” said Poe. “We have to cut the spending and get our economic house in order. The answer is not to raise taxes, but to cut spending.” Poe said that when he first went to Congress he said he would never vote for a bill that would require a tax increase. “I never have, and I never will,” he said. According to Poe, the government is not responsible for making jobs. “The federal government does not create jobs, that is a fallacy; they create programs,” he said. “Businesses create jobs, and we have to give them the atmosphere in which they can do that.” Poe also touched on topics such as border security, health care and the moratorium on drilling, which has many Gulf Coast businesses in dire circumstances. “[The moratorium] is a total overreaction from the government,” he said. “When people die in car wrecks, we don’t shut down all our freeways; when a plane crashes we don’t shut down all air traffic; there is not a business in America that can be shut down for six months and survive.” He went on to say that while those responsible should be made to pay, it is wrong to shut down the entire industry. The overall climate of conservatives is one of frustration, but Poe does not think it is cut cleanly down party lines. “It’s not really a Republican issue anymore,” he said of the current political unrest. “Most Americans are mad.” According to Poe, listening to his constituents trumps any single issue. “I don’t drink the Republican Kool-Aid,” he said “I vote exactly the way the constituents in this district want me to.” Photos: (Top) A special fundraising reception for Congressman Poe was held last week, hosted by, from left Phil Lively, Earl Garrison, Ron Crossman, Sharon Lewis, Congressman Ted Poe, Karen Garrison, Halene Crossman, Rod Dennis, Eunice Dennis, Janice Costa, Chet Frazier, Anita Frazier, Susan White, Ron White, Paul Costa (Bottom) Enjoying the festivities at a recent reception for Congressman Poe were, from left, Janice Lohman, Betty Newton, Diana Rutherford, Janet Huberty and Rachael Waite. Photos by Anne McIlhany

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