One of the most perplexing organizations on the political scene this election cycle is the Young Guns Action Fund , started by two former aids to Eric Cantor. It was started last fall in an effort to support “conservative candidates for elected office who hold true to the Young Guns movement.” One would expect a PAC affiliated with the House Majority Leader to get involved in numerous general election races to help preserve and grow the Republican majority. Yet, this committee has only run independent expenditures in primaries, not in general elections. Well, you might be thinking that there is a good reason to get involved in primaries. After all, we need to ensure that the Republican nominee is a “conservative candidate.” To that end, Young Guns has made the most bizarre choices of any political committee this cycle. The affiliated-YG Network began the election cycle by putting out some independent expenditures for moderate Adam Kinzinger against the more conservative Don Manzullo in IL-16. Then, they sent out mailers attacking Richard Mourdock and telling Democrats to vote for Dick Lugar . Lugar was neither young, conservative, or a member of the House. Following the Lugar folly, they have been involved in just one random race in North Carolina over the past few months. Take a look at their FEC filings: Source: FEC They’ve spent $426,225 – more than they’ve spent the entire election cycle combined – against a random conservative named Scott Keadle in a primary! What a bizarre use of campaign funds for a leadership-affiliated PAC. They spend everything they have on negative ads against one conservative in a House primary. What do they know that we don’t? Do they believe that Scott Keadle is a RINO who will vote with Democrats like…say ..Dick Lugar? The reality is that this race is neither random nor bizarre. They realize that Scott Keadle is a bigger threat to them than any Democrat. He is committed to rallying conservatives in Congress to support limited government initiatives that will never see the light of day with leadership. Clearly, Young Guns perceives that threat and is desperately trying to prevent Keadle from winning the nomination. Let’s help elect a true conservative gun and thwart the efforts of the loose cannons to install like-minded supporters of big government.
Young Guns: Cantor’s PAC of Loose Cannons
RedState Morning Briefing July 10, 2012 Go to www.RedStateMB.com to get the Morning Briefing every morning at no charge. 1. David Limbaugh Will Be At the RedState Gathering. Will You? 2. . . . When? 3. The Next Epic Battle: Scott Keadle Vs Richard Hudson in NC-8 4. Newsflash – Texas State Senators “Decide” to Support Dewhurst over Cruz ———————————————————————- 1. David Limbaugh Will Be At the RedState Gathering. Will You? David Limbaugh, author of the awesome new book The Great Destroyer is going to be at the RedState Gathering. You are running out of time to register for the event. And you are absolutely running out of time to get a discount on your hotel room. The event will be August 2nd through August 5th at the Omni Hotel in Jacksonville, FL. Go to www.redstategathering.com right now to register. You only have a week or so left to be able to. David Limbaugh, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Florida Governor Rick Scott, and more will be there. I hope to see you there. Please click here for the rest of the post. 2. . . . When? Yesterday I asked if not now, when do we get to hold Republicans accountable. It is mind numbingly infuriating to get some of the bellyaching from people that, in effect, we never can. I disagree. I know most of you do too. Right now, here are six congress critters we can annihilate in Republican primaries. The alternative candidates to them are far more conservative. If you really do care about taking the country back and improving the GOP, you have no excuse. You must oppose these incumbents currently fighting it out in Republican Primaries. Please click here for the rest of the post. 3. The Next Epic Battle: Scott Keadle Vs Richard Hudson in NC-8 With the Wisconsin recall behind us and the Texas Senate race scheduled for the end of the month, we must remember that there is an important battle taking place in North Carolina next Tuesday. Conservative Scott Keadle – who has been endorsed by Red State, the Club for Growth, Citizens United, and the Madison Project – will be facing off against establishment-hack Richard Hudson in a runoff-election to face faux blue dog Democrat Larry Kissell in North Carolina District 8. This is a conservative district and is ripe for picking this November; however, we must pick off the seat with the right Republican. Please click here for the rest of the post. 4. Newsflash – Texas State Senators “Decide” to Support Dewhurst over Cruz For a guy who says he will go to Washington as a “conservative” and fight against the establishment, it sure is curious to see Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst lining up the Texas establishment to defend him in his race for U.S. Senate against the actual conservative, Ted Cruz. Dewhurst has the support of very few people outside of Austin. Think about it. His most powerful endorsement is that of Rick Perry – which while sad, is understandable given that Perry has worked with him for 10 years. Who else? Well, a whole helluva lot of Austin lobbyists – who know full well that if Dewhurst loses, they have to deal with him as the head of the Texas Senate to get bills passed. And now – holy cow, out of the blue – we have 18 of the 19 Senators in the Texas Senate coming out in defense of Lt. Governor (and therefore, Presiding officer of the Senate) Dewhurst… Wonders never cease. What’s even more wondrous about the letter is that the state senators did not even write the letter. According to the metadata of the PDF’ed letter, Michael Grimes, an Austin lobbyist wrote the letter. How very Charlie Crist of David Dewhurst. Please click here for the rest of the post.
Morning Briefing for July 10, 2012
With the Wisconsin recall behind us and the Texas Senate race scheduled for the end of the month, we must remember that there is an important battle taking place in North Carolina next Tuesday. Conservative Scott Keadle – who has been endorsed by Red State, the Club for Growth, Citizens United, and the Madison Project – will be facing off against establishment-hack Richard Hudson in a runoff-election to face faux blue dog Democrat Larry Kissell in North Carolina District 8. This is a conservative district and is ripe for picking this November; however, we must pick off the seat with the right Republican. Throughout this election season, we have seen a number of candidates run to the right during primaries in the hope that voters will fail to look into their souls. Most House candidates are successful at this endeavor, especially those without a record in public office. After all, they can tell voters anything, and there’s not much information to refute their claims. One such creature is Richard Hudson. Hudson talks the talk of an intrepid conservative, yet there are clear warning signs to the contrary for anyone who understands the political dynamic of establishment Republicans. Hudson has served as a Chief of Staff to establishment Republicans on the Hill for years. He served as the top aid to a member who voted for the debt ceiling deal and the omnibus bill in 2011 – the two worst pieces of legislation to come out of Congress that year. Somehow he just wasn’t strong enough to convince his boss to vote the right way, assuming he tried at all. While Hudson tosses out the red meat on God, guns, and babies (who wouldn’t in a southern district?), he has shown himself to be wanting on issues pertaining to free markets and government intervention. He has sent out mailers hitting Keadle’s support for free trade as a gift to China – a typical talking point we hear from Barack Obama. He also loves himself some subsidies . Most importantly, you can tell a man by his friends and supporters. Hudson, who came of political age at the feet of the Republican establishment, is being supported by all establishment players. In fact, Young Guns Action Fund is so scared of Keadle’s promise to challenge leadership that they are running ads and mailers against him all over the district. The only other Republican who has incurred negative attacks by Young Guns was Richard Mourdock when he was challenging Dick Lugar. It appears that they are as confident in Hudson’s support as they were in Lugar’s. Hudson has also received support from Kevin McCarthy, John Boehner, and Paul Ryan’s PACs. Now there is word that American Action Network will be coming to Hudson’s aid with anti-Keadle ads. Welcome to Lugar vs. Mourdock 2.0. There’s a reason the establishment fears Keadle; he will not be co-opted. We bemoan, complain, and protest the lack of a conservative direction in the Republican Party. Well, it’s elections like this where we can actually make a difference. Are you all in for Scott Keadle ? Cross-posted from The Madison Project
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The Next Epic Battle: Scott Keadle Vs Richard Hudson in NC-8
The big news of the night is that Richard Mourdock absolutely eviscerated John Kerry and Vladimir Putin’s favorite Republican 60-40%, an unprecedented feat going up against a 35-year incumbent. On the other hand, it’s not surprising, and yet, it serves as a potent lesson for the Tea Party going forward. Richard Mourdock wasn’t always this inexorable juggernaut. He was way behind in the polls for most of the year. It wasn’t until he began to show a little promise that the Club for Growth jumped in and dropped $1.5 million into the race (Erick endorsed him a long time ago). Then, in a self-fulfilling cycle of winners and losers, Mourdock began to evince the image of a winner. It became cool to support Mourdock. At that point, the entire movement united behind him, as even some usual suspects who aren’t with us in other races jumped aboard the Mourdock ship. The more Mourdock looked like a winner the more people supported him. Thus, the margin of victory is not that surprising. We must learn a lesson from here. Yes, it takes a good candidate and a lot of money to win against establishment incumbents, and even challengers. But we won’t always have the luxury of waiting until the candidate is surging to jump in. In some races we must coalesce behind the conservative before he/she takes off, or else he will never take off. To that end, we have unfinished business to do. In North Carolina CD-8, the Cantor/establishment candidate, Richard Hudson, only won 32% against Scott Keadle’s 22%. There will be a runoff. Keep in mind that the other lesser candidates in the race, who garnered 45% of the vote in total, enjoyed a lot of Tea Party support. Many of their supporters should go to Keadle. However, he needs our help . Keadle will stand with the most conservative members of Congress and lead a coalition to challenge leadership when necessary. This is a guy who is worth as much support as a Senate candidate. In other good news, the North Carolina marriage amendment cruised to victory 61-39%. Yes, even one that bans gay civil unions. Don’t worry; it also bans father-son civil unions too, so I can’t form one with my 2-year old son who I love dearly. Some things in life just aren’t fair. Words and concepts have meaning, especially those that have been defined since the dawn of times. In NC-11, conservative Mark Meadows , who was involved with the marriage amendment, fell just short of the 40% needed to avoid a runoff. There are also other lessons to internalize here. In CD-2 and CD-6 Renee Ellmers and Howard Coble were kept to just 56% against no name candidates. In IN-8, mediocre incumbent Larry Bucshon was kept to 58% against his opponent who spent just $10,000. If we put up semi-viable candidates and work them hard, we can take out incumbents. But we can’t wait until the challenger is ahead. With that said, let’s look forward to # hatchnext . And there’s plenty of work to do with open seats and Democrat incumbents: Ted Cruz , Don Stenberg, Richard Mourdock , Mark Neumann , Josh Mandel , Clark Durant , and Jeff Flake . bonus election tidbits Keith Judd, a federal prisoner, garnered 41% of the vote against Obama in the West Virginia Democrat primary. That guy also won a number of counties. In the Wisconsin recall primaries, Scott Walker received as many votes as all the Democrat candidates combined, even though he had no competitive primary. That bodes well for us in the general recall election against Tom Barrett. Cross-posted from The Madison Project
Victory in NC and IN, But There’s More to Do
The presidential primary is ostensibly over, but there are still many primary elections taking place that should be of interest to conservatives. We often find ourselves bemoaning the lack of conservative members in Congress during the legislative session. Well, it is during primary season that we have the opportunity to shape the orientation of Congress. On Tuesday, Indiana and North Carolina will be holding primaries. Here is what is at stake for conservatives: Indiana Senate : The marque race is the battle for the Senate seat between Richard Lugar and Richard Mourdock. We clearly have the momentum, but it would be nice to send an unambiguous message that we are tired of insipid pale-pastel politicians in our party. We should all rally behind Mourdock to ensure that this is not even close. Over the weekend, I saw an interesting story from Jack Hoogendyk, the conservative running against Fred Upton in south Michigan. He is suspending his campaign until after Tuesday’s election, so his volunteers can cross the border into Indiana and help with GOTV for Mourdock. This is a great idea for team play in future primary battles. District 5 : Dan Burton is retiring and a number of candidates are vying for the open seat. David McIntosh is, by far, the most viable conservative in the race. He has a stellar record as RSC chairman during his first time in Congress in the 90s. He is endorsed by the Club for Growth and the Madison Project. District 8 : Freshman Republican Larry Bucshon has been a tremendous disappointment. He ran as a Tea Party candidate, but has turned in a mediocre performance during his first year in office. Kristi Risk , who came close to beating him in 2010, will be on the ballot again. I have not had time to interview her, and therefore, cannot issue an official endorsement from the Madison Project, but she is clearly the better choice. North Carolina Marriage Amendment : The most important item on the ballot is not a candidate; it is the proposed amendment to the state constitution that would permanently define marriage as what it has been since the dawn of time. After a number of setbacks during the Obama administration, a strong majority in favor of the amendment would give our side much-needed momentum in the fight to preserve the institution of marriage. District 8 : The most important race in North Carolina is the Republican primary for Larry Kissell’s seat in the south central part of the state. The entire establishment handpicked congressional staffer Richard Hudson to run for the seat. They are upset that the Club for Growth, Madison Project, and Red State are supporting Tea Party candidate Scott Keadle . They sent out mailers referring to the Club and Red State as “Washington special interest groups.” Yes, we are special interest groups. We represent the interests of the millions of conservatives who are disenfranchised by the current Republican Party leadership that is bought and paid for by his special interest buddies on K Street. District 11 : There is a crowded field vying for Heath Schuler’s vacant seat that has become even more conservative. The Madison Project and Family Research Council Action have endorsed Mark Meadows , who has been a leader in the push for the marriage amendment. There are also competitive races in district 7 (Mike McIntyre), district 9 (Sue Myrick’s open seat), and the new conservative district 13 (Brad Miller’s open seat). Personally, I haven’t seen a major star who is also viable in those districts. Nonetheless, we should have a very good chance of flipping 4 districts in the general election. It is important to note that if the winner in any congressional race fails to reach the 40% mark, there will be a runoff election June 26. As for incumbents, retired police chief Frank Palambo has launched a long-shot bid to unseat Walter Jones in CD-3, while two candidates have embarked on an even longer-shot bid against Howard Coble in CD-6. Both Jones and Coble have gone south on us in recent years. Jones was one of 3 Republicans to vote for Dodd-Frank. We’ll be able to tell if there is any inherent anti-incumbent sentiment this cycle if those incumbents underperform from previous years. In CD-1, Renee Ellmers has not attracted a credible challenger. Given her opposition to the marriage amendment and support for the debt ceiling, I would pick one of the challengers or just write in Micky Mouse on the ballot.
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It’s Game Time in Indiana and North Carolina