U.S. 5th District Congressional challenger Elisabeth Motsinger takes note of incumbent Rep. Virginia Foxx’s appearance at the W. Kerr Scott Dam’s 50th anniversary celebration, pointing out that Foxx voted against stimulus funding that went toward upgrades for the dam.

Days after the celebration, as Motsinger applauded the improvements at the reservoir, she pointed to Foxx’s “no” vote on the recovery act.

“The necessary improvements that this anniversary was celebrating were part of ARRA, which Mrs. Foxx voted against. This is a good use of federal spending for the people of North Carolina,” said Motsinger, a Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools board member.

Foxx’s campaign spokesman, Aaron Groen, pointed to the nation’s $16 trillion debt.

“One of main reasons she voted against it is that we don’t have that money,” Groen said. “It’s all new spending that adds to the debt, and we’re putting it on the credit card that your grandkids are going to pay for.”

Foxx attended the anniversary celebration because she was invited, Groen said.

I can understand that raising private funds to upgrade the reservoir might be problematic, but it’s also been around for 50 years, so you have to wonder the money for improvements went before the so-called stimulus.

Update: Semi-realted: Biz Journal’s Justin Cantanoso discusses the overall state of the economy here, picking up the stimulus’ effect on the state and local economies about three-fourths of the way through.