Thursday, December 19th, 2013 by Madison Project Staff and is filed under Blog, Elections, News
For Immediate Release:
December 19, 2013
Contact: Mary Vought
Madison Project PAC Endorses Milton Wolf for Senate in Kansas
“Milton will be one of the U.S. Senate’s loudest voices against Obamacare.”
Fort Worth, TX – The Madison Project PAC, the first conservative PAC to endorse Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Matt Bevin (R-KY), announced today that it is endorsing Dr. Milton Wolf for U.S. Senate against Senator Pat Roberts in Kansas:
“We’ve interviewed dozens of candidates this cycle, but few are as passionate and articulate in defense of restoring our Republic as Dr. Milton Wolf,” said Jim Ryun, Chairman of the Madison Project and former Kansas Congressman. “Even though he has never held public office, Dr. Wolf has exhibited a command of the issues and a dedication to conservative values that is lacking among most individuals in Washington. Senator Roberts has served admirably for a number of decades, but if we ever hope to rebuild the Senate majority on a solid conservative foundation, we need fewer career politicians and more citizen leaders like Milton Wolf.
“When I served the people of Kansas in the House of Representatives, I quickly learned that the big government mentality is entrenched in the leadership of both political parties. Despite losing the majority during the Bush years, many of these same Republicans have failed to learn the lessons of the past. They have not shown a bold contrast from the Democrats and a consistent desire to fight special interests and protect our constitutional values.
“I wish I had served alongside more members with the moral clarity and intellectual honesty of Milton Wolf. He understands that 21st century conservatives need to give voice to our Founding values in the halls of Congress, and on Main Street. His principled voice on current issues pending before Congress has already empowered Kansans by forcing Senator Roberts to change his voting habits. Milton will continue to fight for us every day of every year he is in office, which, as promised, will be no longer than two terms. In particular, he will be one of the U.S. Senate’s loudest voices against Obamacare.”
The official endorsement can be viewed here. Our full report on Pat Robert’s record of supporting big government can be viewed at RetireRoberts.com
The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found athttp://madisonproject.com/
Thursday, December 19th, 2013 by Madison Project Staff and is filed under Blog, Elections
Americans in the heartland are starving for leadership in Washington. While they wait, President Obama and the Democrats are fundamentally transforming our Republic. Americans are desperately longing for passionate and spirited candidates to fight for conservative principles. They are looking for candidates who say exactly what We the People are thinking. They want bold, but articulate leaders. One of the best candidates to fill this vacuum is Dr. Milton Wolf running for U.S. Senate in Kansas.
Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) has represented Kansas in the House and Senate for 33 years. Including his time as a congressional staffer, he has been in Washington since 1967. He has been a loyal public servant. But over the past few decades, he has unfortunately become the quintessential career politician, failing to thwart the unprecedented growth of government when it really counted. No degree of election-year foxhole conversions to voting conservative can compensate for the vacuum of a principled voice that has been missing in the U.S. Senate.
To rebuild the Senate majority with a new cadre of limited government, free-market, constitutional conservatives, we cannot reelect those who helped lose the majority during the Bush years through inconsistent principles. Roberts voted to keep the “Bridge to Nowhere” in 2006. He repeatedly opposed the earmark bans, even as many Republicans started realizing the harmful effects of earmarks. He supported No Child Left Behind, Medicare expansion, and the bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He has consistently voted against efforts to downsize the federal government and devolve power to the states.
Even more important than conservative votes, is a voice for Kansas’s conservative values. When Roberts’s voice was needed most, he was actually giving it to the other side. In 2009, President Obama nominated Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It was clear early on that Obama’s biggest priority was to take over the healthcare sector. As a home state senator and as a Kansan, Roberts had the opportunity to explain to the nation how he saw first-hand her radical views on healthcare and her support for partial birth abortion. Yet, not only did he vote for her, he gave her the home state endorsement and publicly foisted upon us the worst Secretary of HHS in American history.
Nobody can claim to be pro-life and sincerely opposed to Obamacare and at the same time support Kathleen Sebelius.
Even as Milton Wolf began considering a run for U.S. Senate, he was already a strong voice for Kansas. At the beginning of Obama’s presidency, Senator Roberts continued his old ways of go-along-to-get-along. He helped undermine our leverage points against Obama’s spending binge and Obamacare by voting to increase the debt ceiling and funding Obamacare in the budget. He voted for the $620 billion tax increases/$330 billion spending bill that Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) negotiated. But much like Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) did during his primary, Roberts lurched all the way to the right once Milton considered a Senate run.
Roberts began to vote against the debt ceiling and budget deals. He signed onto the Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) letter committing to defund Obamacare. He even broke from his tradition as a stealth senator to join Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on the U.S. Senate floor during his historic filibuster against Obamacare. After Milton Wolf called on him to give voice to Kansas against the egregious Ryan-Murray budget deal, he immediately announced his opposition.
He has moved so far to the right that some are even scoffing upon the effort to replace him.
However, conservatives are looking for a strong voice for all six years of a senator’s term, not just a pandering vote close to election time.
More importantly, even the foxhole conversion is a result of Milton’s bold and articulate voice in Kansas as a primary challenger. Just weeks before he signed the Mike Lee letter, Roberts expressed his skepticism of the strategy at a tele-townhall. He noted that “it’s a lot harder than it used to be but, my hand is still out there stretched out across the aisle.” At the same event on July 29, Roberts referred to the Fair Tax as a “scheme.” After Milton announced his candidacy, Roberts became a supporter. Most interesting, Roberts has called for Sebelius to resign. This is an unambiguous admission that his 2013 voting record is a form of pandering, not principled leadership.
Milton Wolf will provide the bold leadership we are all starving for. Far from being a career politician, Milton, who was born and raised in Lyons, Kansas, has spent his career trying to save cancer patients working as a diagnostic radiologist. Milton is continuing his full-time work in the hospital even as he campaigns statewide for Senate.
Dr. Wolf also happens to be Obama’s second cousin, and following the passage of Obamacare, Milton decided to speak out as a doctor, relative, conservative, and Kansan. He began speaking at Tea Parties and writing regular columns for national publications. He has a wealth of writings on an extensive list of policy issues, articulating conservatism from a position of strength. He is 100% with the conservative grassroots on every issue. Milton is also one of the most articulate and passionate candidates we have ever met.
After coming out publicly as Obama’s cousin, Milton was audited twice by the IRS. The White House also called his editor to try to get him fired.
Headed into the next few years, defeating Obamacare will be the most important goal. Who should lead the fight? A career politician who couldn’t even stand up to the architect of Obamacare or a doctor who is willing to stand up to his own family?
Dr. Wolf will work every day of his six-year term to give voice and fight for us just like Ted Cruz. He is the true embodiment of the 21st century conservative we so badly need. We are honored to put our full support behind him in the August 5th primary.
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Elections
The latest poll from Kentucky, conducted by Public Policy Polling, completely countermands the conventional wisdom that McConnell is a shoo-in to win the primary. In addition, the poll shows that McConnell is indeed the weaker candidate to go up against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in the general election. Here are some of the highlights:
- Senator McConnell is leading conservative Matt Bevin 53 to 26 percent in the primary. Previously, McConnell has led by 39 and 47 points; now he is only up 27 points. A strong majority, 61%, still have no opinion of Bevin. It is quite clear that as Bevin raises his name ID, he will make this race competitive.
- How unpopular is Mitch McConnell? Barack Obama lost the state by 23 points and 116 of 120 counties last year. Even 40% of Democrats voted against the President in the Democrats primary of 2012. Yet, Mitch McConnell sports an identical 31% approval rating statewide. Even among Republicans his approval has dropped to 47%. Clearly, primary voters are getting the message that McConnell is a finger lickin’ fraud.
- Matt Bevin is stronger against Grimes in the general election than Mitch McConnell. Bevin keeps Grimes down to 38% of the votes, while against McConnell she polls 42%. It is likely that once Bevin grows his name recognition, he will perform much better.
- Only 30% of voters really think that Rand Paul supports McConnell.
- Kentucky Republicans say they like Rand Paul better than Mitch McConnell by a 59/27 margin.
Monday, December 16th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Debt
The past three years of GOP control in the House have been marked by the rallying cry of fighting “the next time.” With every budget deadline comes a degree of leverage from which Republicans can extract concessions on reducing the size of government. Yet with every budget battle, House leadership shirks from the fight and blithely points to the next battle – the debt ceiling – as the consummate opportunity to push for reforms. After all, a budget battle raises the stakes of a government shutdown.
Then when we reach the debt ceiling, GOP leaders echo the scandalous lies of the Democrats with regards to defaulting on debt. Default is much more serious than a plain government shutdown, claim the wizards of smart. But just wait until the next budget battle and we’ll cut trillions in debt, not just billions.
Finally, in October, Republicans made it clear they would never hold up a debt ceiling or a budget bill. At least that was the message telegraphed to the Democrats. Yet, amazingly, Paul Ryan is still playing the game. After punting on two years’ worth of budget leverage points, Ryan is feeling the pressure to put on a brave face about his promises for transformational reforms. As such, he is rallying the troops on the next debt ceiling fight:
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Sunday said Republicans will insist on more concessions for raising the debt limit in early 2014, indicating that the fiscal ceasefire he brokered in a budget deal may not last long.
“We don’t want nothing out of this debt limit,” Ryan said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We are going to decide what it is we can accomplish out of this debt-limit fight.”
The two-year budget agreement Ryan negotiated with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) did not increase the nation’s borrowing authority, which officials project will next be exhausted sometime in the spring.
“One step at a time,” Ryan said. “Patty Murray and I knew we weren’t going to solve every problem, like the debt limit problem.”
House and Senate Republicans will discuss their debt-limit strategy at separate party retreats in January, Ryan said.
Sorry, Paul. You already gave up your leverage. Democrats know that you are scared to death of brinkmanship, and will never have an incentive to come to the bargaining table unless we replace you and your buddies at the head of the dais.
Moreover, the debt ceiling deadline will probably not mature until well into the summer. Although the debt ceiling law will be reinstated on February 7, Republicans failed to block the Treasury from using extraordinary measures to push off the “crisis date.” By the time they exhaust their payment shifts, it will be too close to the midterm elections. Leadership will never take any risks that late in the year.
As an aside, it’s a real shame that Republicans couldn’t block extraordinary measures as one concession from the October fight. In February, American workers will begin dealing with the initial shock of diminishing take-home pay due to higher withholdings for health insurance. The outrage over Obamacare will grow from those affected by the private market to the vast majority of workers who will pay more for health insurance in the employer market. But that opportunity perished in the McConnell surrender bill.
Finally, there is one other reason we will never see Republicans fight on the debt ceiling. They badly want to pass amnesty. There is no worse distraction from amnesty than a budget battle. One of the few positive results of the October showdown after Senate Republicans sabotaged it was that amnesty was killed for the remainder of the year. The K Street establishment is not about to make that mistake again.
There will be no next time unless we shake up the party in the upcoming primaries.
Monday, December 16th, 2013 by Madison Project Staff and is filed under Blog, Elections, Press
For Immediate Release:
December 16, 2013
Contact: Mary Vought
Madison Project Endorses Chad Mathis in Alabama’s 6th Congressional District
Fort Worth, TX – The Madison Project PAC, the first conservative PAC to endorse Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Matt Bevin (R-KY), announced today the endorsement of Chad Mathis in Alabama’s 6th Congressional District.
“Alabama’s 6th Congressional District is one of the most conservative districts in the country, and as such, it deserves a special voice in Congress,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “Mathis is a committed leader who will not only vote with principled members, but he will also give voice to the conservative movement by standing up to the Washington establishment that leads both political parties. Mathis was committed to changing the face of the party from day one, as he was the only candidate who was willing to challenge a sitting incumbent for the seat. Now more than ever, a strong fighter like Mathis is needed in the halls of the U.S. Congress.
“As a skilled surgeon from Indian Springs, Alabama, Dr. Mathis knows first-hand the damaging effects of Obamacare. When elected to Congress, Mathis will enthusiastically lead the grassroots effort to repeal it. It’s time that Alabamians be represented by a true conservative voice who fights for lower taxes, less government control of our lives, secure borders, and responsible budgeting. It’s time to elect Chad Mathis to Congress.”
To read our full endorsement of Chad Mathis click here.
The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at http://madisonproject.com/
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Monday, December 16th, 2013 by Madison Project Staff and is filed under Blog, Elections, Issues
There is a disconnect between America and Washington, D.C. We see it every day as hard-working families are desperate for relief from the burden that intrusive government puts on their lives. Yet rather than tackling the tough issues head on, Congress contents itself with sound bites and nibbles at the legislative battles of the day.
We are at a crossroads as a nation. Now so more than ever there is a need for real leadership in Washington, the kind of leadership that comes from courage of conviction and from the experience of living an everyday life, not being a career politician.
Ever since we launched the Madison Performance Index, it was clear that the Southern delegation of the GOP had a serious problem. Ensconced in deeply red districts, the majority of these seats are held by big government Republicans. One of the most egregious delegations is the one from Alabama and chief among the pro-life statists is Congressman Spencer Bachus (R-AL).
In an R+28 district, Bachus is the poster child for what is wrong with the Republican Party, earning a -30 on our Performance Index and a spot in our ‘Hall of Shame.’ From TARP to No Child Left Behind to farm subsidies, there seemingly has not been a government expansion bill that Bachus has not voted for during his time in Congress.
That dynamic is about to change. In September, Congressman Bachus announced he was retiring from office and would not see re-election.
It was in the weeks preceding that announcement that we had a chance to sit down with Dr. Chad Mathis, a surgeon and small businessman from Indian Springs, AL. With a date certain to announce his challenge to Congressman Bachus, we appreciated several things about Chad. The first was his clear enunciation of what he believed and what he would do when sent to Washington, D.C. by the voters in Alabama’s 6th Congressional District.
The second was the courage he displayed in committing to take on what many viewed as a deeply entrenched incumbent. In fact, as we sat with Chad, it was apparent that he looked forward to a campaign of contrast with Congressman Bachus.
Even when that dynamic changed on September 30th and the primary field became crowded with those eager to seek an open Congressional seat, it was apparent to us that Chad Mathis was the kind of viable candidate that the Madison Project was looking for in the 2014 cycle. He has pledged to hold the line on spending, cut taxes, stop running deficits, balance the budget and make government smaller. And even more importantly, as a doctor, he understands the threat Obamacare represents to our way of life and he will work to repeal it.
As Chad said on the day he announced his candidacy: “I’ve read every word of Obamacare, and I know it will ruin America’s healthcare system, kill jobs, and drive up costs for Alabamians. We’ve had Obamacare in place for a week now, and it’s already on life support. The citizens of the 6th Congressional district deserve better than broken government websites and empty healthcare promises.”
You know what else we like about Chad Mathis? During the 2012 U.S. Senate primary in Texas, he took time to go to Texas to volunteer for Ted Cruz’s campaign.
There are those who talk a good game and those who walk one. Chad Mathis is firmly in the latter camp and that is why, today, we are proud to endorse Dr. Chad Mathis for Congress. We will work not only to help him win the election, but we also commit to fighting along side of him once he’s in the halls of Congress.
Friday, December 13th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Debt, Issues
Despite the fact that the Ryan-Murray budget deal passed with overwhelming support from House Republicans, surprisingly, it hangs in the balance in the Senate. Much of the robust showing in the House was a result of Congressman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) strong influence on budgetary issues.
However, in the Senate, many of its members are facing tough primary challenges, and they are looking beyond the personalities. Even some of the most moderate Republican members like Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bob Corker (R-TN) have announced their opposition to this deal. After all, the House-passed bill will repeal hard-fought spending cuts and replace them with tax increases and notional spending offsets.
Consequently, this bill is not a done deal in the Senate. Even if every Democrat votes for the bill, which is not a safe assumption, no Republican aside for Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has committed to supporting it. It’s not clear how Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) will find at least five Republicans to support the bill.
So where is the Republican leader? Where is Senator Mitch McConnell? As the highest ranking Republican in the Senate, this is the quintessential moment for him to assert his power and influence and speak with conviction against this rotten deal. With the outcome of the bill hanging in the balance, and so many members on the fence, now is the time when McConnell can affect the outcome.
His silence is especially jarring given his emphatic statements during the battle over defunding Obamacare on the need to keep the sequester cuts. He was unwilling to fight Obamacare, but claimed to fully support keeping the sequester cuts. Well, now that the sequester cuts are about to be partially repealed, but it can still be blocked in the Senate, McConnell needs to step up to the plate.
The contours of this bill were known to the public weeks ago. It was quite evident that they planned to replace the sequester. The only point of contention was finding phony offsets to attach to the deal. McConnell, as the most powerful Republican in the Senate, was certainly aware of the fact that his promise to keep the sequester was being challenged from day one. Why the silence?
Unfortunately, this is what McConnell does on the most critical pieces of legislation. It is precisely times like this when we need bold conservative leadership in the Senate, yet this is when McConnell usually engages in his disappearing act. He was nowhere to be seen in during the debate over Syria and immigration until the very last moment when the outcome was no longer in doubt. As Politico noted today, “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is widely expected to oppose the budget measure, a position that could sway fence-sitting GOP senators. But it appears unlikely that GOP leaders would strong-arm their colleagues and urge them to vote against the measure.”
McConnell loves to tout his clout and influence and the importance of Kentucky being represented by the Senate Leader. But what good is a leader who waits until the liberals have 60 votes before opposing bad legislation?
Conservatives are starving for new leadership. We are sick of those who play an insiders’ game of ‘hope yes, and vote no’ with bad legislation. If Senator McConnell really opposes this bill he should speak out forcefully now and whip against it all weekend. That is the job of a Republican opposition leader. If he really supports it he should be man enough to vote for it.
Thursday, December 12th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Issues
Earlier today, Paul Teller was fired from his position as executive director of the Republican Study Committee (RSC). Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA), who was installed as chairman of the RSC with encouragement from leadership accused Teller of collaborating with outside conservative groups to message against the tax and spend budget deal cut by Congressman Paul Ryan. This move is yet another indication that we have nothing in common with GOP leadership and that we need to find a new home for conservatism on Capitol Hill.
For over a decade, Paul Teller has been the conscience of conservatism on the Hill. He funneled in the light of truth from the conservative country class into the halls of Congress and the ruling class. He helped build the RSC into an intellectual conservative powerhouse, which served as the gold standard for conservative research and activism within the House conference.
However, over the years, the progressive wing of the party engaged in a quiet coup to co-opt the RSC. Once conservatives realized that the RSC was a key status symbol of conservatism, they expected all Republicans to become members. Many of the non-conservative Republicans decided to join the RSC just to give themselves cover. Eventually, the RSC grew to over 2/3ds of the entire GOP Conference.
Last year the chickens came home to roost during the election for a new RSC chairman. The founders and former chairs of the group selected Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) to head the RSC in the 113th Congress. Steve Scalise challenged him in a membership election. With the support of leadership he won pretty handily. We supported Graves, and warned at the time that Scalise would deliver the RSC to the hands of leadership. But it was too late. They had already destroyed it from within by overwhelming the membership with ruling class Republicans.
Scalise wanted to get rid of Teller immediately, but that would have been to incendiary. So he got rid of most of his close staff. He waited for an opportunity like this to pull the trigger.
The establishment wanted to kill the RSC. Now that got their wish. It’s time for the remaining conservatives to form a new group and let the establishment own the RSC – without any conservative street cred from good members.
It’s sad that this conflict has broken out into full-scale civil war, but this moment has been festering for years. There can be no reconciliation between those who seek power for power’s sake and those who seek to serve in order to restore our Republic.
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 by Drew and is filed under Blog, News, Videos
In case you missed it, here is my interview with Rick Klein of ABC News and Olivier Knox of Yahoo News.
From the fight over Obamacare to Ted Cruz to the 2014 primary season-we discuss it all and more.
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Debt, Economy
Earlier today, Democrats utilized the nuclear option for the first time. They pushed through the nomination of Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Now, one of the biggest supporters of affordable housing mandates will guard the hen house at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Additionally, Democrats pushed through the nomination of two more liberal judges to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the second most important court in the country.
Instead of responding by shutting down all bipartisan deals on outstanding legislation (which are still subject to a filibuster), Rep. Paul Ryan, without any protest from leadership, handed Democrats the biggest legislative victory in months. Let’s examine the ramifications of the deal:
- Under this agreement Congress would reinstate more than half the sequester for the next two years. Budget caps would be set at $1.012 trillion in 2014 and $1.014 trillion in 2015; current law is $967 billion & $995 billion respectively. It’s interesting how establishment Republicans argue that we can’t use the budget process to repeal Obamacare, but we evidently can use it to repeal the sequester. Paul Ryan said tonight that he is forced to “deal with things the way they are.” But that is not true. The default position was that the sequester was the law of the land. This will set a precedent to reverse that default, paving the road for future tax increases in order to offset the inevitable spending increase.
- The sequester was one of the few battles in which Republicans successfully overcame liberal demagoguery. Obama tried to make the sequester as painful as possible by gratuitously shutting down popular services. It didn’t work. They claimed the economy would tank. The economy actually got stronger. Why would they throw this away?
- The most important outcome of this bill is the long-term effect on fighting Obamacare. Rather than work out a one-year deal, Ryan essentially killed our leverage for the next two years. So even if Obamacare becomes more catastrophic and the public rises up against it, we will not have any leverage to fight it in the budget process for next year.
- The spending offsets are a joke. Most of them are very intangible. The only thing definitive is an increase in airfare taxes to fund the TSA.
- Mitch McConnell is directly responsible for this. He likes to say that he supports keeping the sequester, and indeed, he might vote against this deal, but he was the one who cued it up with his sabotage deal in October with Harry Reid. Hence, McConnell will secure his optimal outcome – all budget confrontation will cease for two years, but he won’t have his fingerprints on the deal, enabling him to keep his legislative scorecard high enough to hoodwink conservatives. Even as other leaders publicly supported the deal, McConnell said he would not be commenting on it tonight. Remember, he is the GOP Senate Leader, and has obviously known about the deal for quite some time.
- And why would Republican leaders want to jettison all budget confrontation for two years? As we noted yesterday, the only plausible explanation is that they want a clear lane to drive through an amnesty bill without fights over Obamacare moving their prized issue to the back burner.
House conservatives should push for a clean CR until Democrats agree to isolate funding for Obamacare by passing all 12 appropriations bills separately….the way the budget process is supposed to work.