Having launched the Wetumpka Tea Party in Wautumpka, Alabama in 2009 with her husband, Eric, Becky and her group had applied for 501c4 status from the IRS so that they could engage in practical ways in the political arena. Like many tea party groups, they were strung out by the IRS for over a year without any communication. As the IRS scandal unfolded, it was clear they were operating under directives to stymy the tea party movement before the 2012 elections. Things took a turn when the IRS began asking tea party groups for list of their members and donors, however, and Becky Gerritson struck back, joining a suit to sue the IRS for egregious overreach.
Along the way, we intersected with her when she volunteered herself and her tea party for Get Out The Vote efforts in 2012 in Florida to help Ron DeSantis win his House seat (he did). Of all the candidates we have every known, this is one that we have a long standing relationship with and couldn’t be more happy to see her run, especially as she is running against Martha Roby, the current incumbent in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District. With a paltry 54% on the Heritage Action scorecard and a absolutely terrible -43.5 on the Madison Performance Index, Roby has earned a place in our Hall of Shame with a voting record that is more in line with a Democrat member than a Republican from one of the most conservative districts in the United States.
Not only is it time for Martha Roby to be retired, but we have a legitimate candidate in Becky Gerritson running against her. This is our goal in 2016, to take deeply red districts and make sure the Members that represent them actually represent them and are not lackies for a GOP Establishment gone awry.
This is why we are so excited about Becky’s run for Congress and happy to endorse her today. A full spectrum conservative, she is a leader who knows exactly what is wrong with Washington, DC and why she wants to go to Congress-to change the way things are done there.
Monday, September 28th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Economy
We are winning. No doubt about it. The GOP Establishment, so confident it had crushed the peasants in 2014, is in disarray. After 9 months of abysmal performance, the proverbial chickens are coming home to roost for the Establishment.
The first indicator of this was the quitting of John Boehner on Friday. He quit. He did not resign to protect an institution, no matter how hard he and his team have tried to spin it.
He was potentially days away from being fired by his own caucus as a major fight over the Continuing Resolution loomed and he refused to commit to defunding Planned Parenthood through it. He and his team were still, believe it or not, under the impression that they won the majority in the House and grew it in 2014 based on his jobs agenda.
What, you ask, was John Boehner’s jobs agenda? Crickets. . . .
Don’t worry. We wonder as well.
No, John Boehner and Co. were given the majority to repeal ObamaCare, stop executive amnesty, halt the Obama Administration in its tracks and use the power of the purse to enforce all of the above.
He not only didn’t do any of that, he and his team rammed through the following “big ticket” conservative items like:
*Stripping conservative language from the DHS bill to pave the way for Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty
*Approving $500 Billion in Deficit Spending
*Walked away from Medicare reform
*Ruining the Pain-Capable Abortion Ban, the only pro-life legislation likely to be seen this session.
Much to his amazement, Boehner found he couldn’t spin himself out of how the items above were actually conservative and good for America.
Why? Because the ground underneath him had shifted. He wasn’t just dealing with outside pressure. He was dealing with internal pressure thanks to the House Freedom Caucus, a majority of whom were Madison Project candidates over the last few election cycles.
He was, in essence, attempting to govern with out the consent of the governed, i.e. his caucus. And they were ready to toss him.
Now that he is gone, House conservatives need to keep moving forward. Here are our suggestions for the next few weeks.
Clearly communicate to any GOP Members who are considering running for House leadership: “You cannot allow John Boehner to ram through a transportation bill, renew funding for the Export-Import Bank or fund Planned Parenthood in October or you will not be considered for any leadership slot.”
Work to elect someone, if not one of their own, who will be amenable to working with them to advance campaign promises. Before they support whomever it is they want to win leadership roles, they must have firm, public commitments from them on a host of issues: that they will stop any nonsense Boehner thinks he will engage in in October (see the above) and that they will drastically reform the House rules, from Steering Committee to chairmanships to the Rules Committee. It’s time to restore a little democracy to the peoples’ chamber.
Message that if the government slows down, that is all it is. A slow down. Not a shutdown. ALL essential parts of our government will continue to be funded. If Obama and the Democrats want to have a public debate over Planned Parenthood, we should welcome it.
This is opportunity. With Boehner out, House conservatives hold all the cards.
Friday, September 25th, 2015 and is filed under Blog
In today’s episode of How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Drew Ryun dives into the intellectual thought that gave rise to the American Republic. Who was John Locke and what work of his heavily influenced our Founding Fathers? To find out, listen to the new podcast below.
In 2010 she ran as a pro-life conservative to replace retiring Senator Judd Gregg in New Hampshire, narrowly squeaking past Ovide Lamontagne in the Republican primary (we endorsed Ovide) before cruising to victory in the general election with 60% of the vote.
Entering the United States Senate with her conservative bone fides, many expected Ayotte to be a transformative force. She has been anything but transformative, quickly falling into the pattern we have seen established by many GOPers. Run as a conservative, govern as a liberal.
Her latest foray into the art of run as a conservative, govern as a liberal, has been to serve as the GOP Establishment’s hatchet man (woman) against Senator Ted Cruz’s efforts to defund Planned Parenthood through the Continuing Resolution process.
Let’s establish the pattern for the Ayotte types. It generally starts with, “There is no one more pro-life than I am (no one!!). I support investigating Planned Parenthood. I voted for the stand alone bill to defund Planned Parenthood.”
Then there is the inevitable “but” thrown in there.
Ayotte’s, predictably, is: we just don’t have the votes because we don’t have the White House. If you think you’ve heard this line before, see Mitch McConnell.
Backing up the first excuse is the alarmist: we can’t shut down the government over this!
Quick question for Senator Ayotte-how pro-life are you that you would surrender before the fight to save hundreds of thousands of babies begins?
But here is where the ignorance of Senator Ayotte shines through.
There is no such thing as a government shutdown. Slowdown, yes. Shutdown, no.
In fact, in the longest government slowdown in history (1995-96, 21 days) all non-essential government employees were furloughed and guess what? Employees defined as those performing duties vital to national defense, public health and safety, or other critical operations kept right on working. It makes you wonder why we have “non-essential” government employees in the first place, doesn’t it?
Bottom line is this. Kelly Ayotte has not come remotely close to fulfilling her promise as a conservative in the United States Senate. Not only has she fallen in with bad company, she is now helping lead their charge.
While she frets that a government shutdown may ruin her chances to re-election, we cast a quick glance at her scorecard averages and performance index numbers and ask, “Why would any voters in New Hampshire vote to re-elect you? If given the choice between a legitimate liberal and a knockoff one parading as a conservative, go with the authentic one.”
We made our 8th endorsement of the 2016 cycle last week and we made it in support of David Gerson in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. That means Step #1 in the process is complete. A great candidate has been ID’d and we have endorsed.
Step #2 in the process is now raising as much money for David as possible. That’s where you all come in. With September 30th looming, end of the quarter reports will be due in just 9 days and we want David to have a strong showing at the end of the month.
So here’s what I need you to do today. Go directly to David’s campaign site and donate to his campaign. To do so, just click here.
$5, $10, $25-every dollar counts. So please, go give to David today!
In 2014, he ran a well-organized, self-funded campaign and almost beat a heavily entrenched incumbent.
While many challenger candidates walk away discouraged after a first (and somewhat predictable) loss, David Gerson refused to do so. Instead, he went back to the drawing board and began planning a comprehensive plan on how to beat the incumbent Congressman from Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, John Kline.
Given the work Gerson has done over the last 18 months and seeing an even tougher primary process looming, Kline did what few expected-he announced his retirement.
As the race now goes into a free-for-all scenario, it is time to rally conservatives around David Gerson.
A mechanical engineer with over two decades of experience in the private sector, David has seen firsthand the effects of a government run amuck with red tape. A comprehensive conservative, David is pro-life and fiscally conservative and during our conversation with him it became abundantly clear he understands the problem in Washington, D.C. – the current leadership of the GOP party. Not only is David committed to winning this race, he is committed to electing new leadership that reflects the party platform and the conservative base.
We are excited to endorse David for Congress and urge other conservatives to rally behind him.
This is a seat we can and must win. To turn the tide in Washington, it starts one race, one seat at a time.
Here at the Madison Project, we have consistently claimed three core competencies:
1) Identifying and supporting good conservatives to run for office
2) Holding the GOP Establishment accountable for their legion of broken promises.
3) Creating and implementing ground game plans to help our (and other) conservatives win.
It is the latter we are engaged in down in Florida right now. As we often tell folks, when it comes to winning a state, you don’t have to win every county. You just have to win the right ones and inside those counties, you have to win the right precincts.
Simple, yes. Easy, no.
There are a lot of folks who talk about doing the necessary work that it takes to win. There are few who will actually take the time to do it, but on August 1st, we launched a comprehensive voter ID project in key counties in Florida and already have thousands of completed surveys. Because of these, we feel confident in saying the following:
1.) High frequency Independent voters are VERY gettable for the right Republican candidate. Among these voters, Hillary Clinton has a relatability problem. When told that Hillary and Bill Clinton made over $165 million between 2001 and 2012, over 60% of these type voters do not think she can relate to them.
2.) A minority demographic is HIGHLY antagonistic to Hillary Clinton’s statement that churches that refusing to change their positions on abortion and same sex marriage should lose their tax exempt status.
3.) 60% of the high frequency Independents feel that ISIS and Islamic terrorism is a rising threat to America and 42% of them believe Hillary will NOT provide the leadership necessary to defeat ISIS.
4.) The Democrats are already ACTIVELY working parts of the state and various demographics where the knowledge of political races is insanely high, the kind seen during the latter stages of an election.
How do we know this?
Because we’re on the ground already, building out data to use for 2016. Free from the static caused by political season, we are having a conversation with the voters right now.
It has been the chatter along the political grapevine today as the State Department released more of Hillary Clinton’s emails. One in particular was of note and it was from Sid Blumenthal, a close Clinton confidant and an evident user of a pocket thesaurus.
Boehner is despised by the younger, more conservative members of the House Republican Conference. They are repelled by his personal behavior. He is louche, alcoholic, lazy, and without any commitment to any principle. . .
He’s a would-be DeLay without the whip. He’s the one at the end of a lash. . . [McConnell] relatively in the same position in the Senate.
Sometimes you cannot make this stuff up. While intended for a different audience, Blumenthal aptly summed up what the GOP Establishment has become.
They are drunk-on the facade of power.
They are banal-they fear a government slowdown versus defunding Planned Parenthood and protecting innocent life.
They are lazy-talking points are much easier to churn than actual action, because you might have to intellectually defend the latter.
As Erick Erickson wrote the other day, the GOP is teetering dangerously on extinction. It is a party birthed in the midst of righting a grievous wrong. It stared down evil and won. When faced with defunding Planned Parenthood, the taxpayer funded organization that doesn’t just abort babies but sells their parts as well, the GOP is confused as to what the steps of action needed are.
These are the symptoms of the lazy, the banal and the drunken.
The GOP’s answer in the face of this evil should be simple: Others may choose to fund it, but it is inherently un-American ethical to force taxpayers to fund something they are fundamentally opposed to. Therefore, in light of ALL the evidence that has been presented, we feel it is our duty to defund Planned Parenthood of all federal dollars.
This fall is make or break for the GOP with the 2016 Presidential election looming and during it, fortunes will rise and fall.
In one of his seminal works, The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis writes of “men without chests.” They are the types that many would call intellectuals, the types who would rather talk about issues endlessly that actually do something about it.
For, as Lewis writes, to take action has repercussions. It is, as he writes, akin to:
When a Roman father told his son that it was a sweet and seemly thing to die for his country, he believed what he said. He was communicating to the son an emotion which he himself shared and which he believed to be in accord with the value which his judgment discerned in noble death. He was giving the boy the best he had, giving of his spirit to humanize him as he had given of his body to beget him.
Lewis correctly deduces that the “modern” era has produced a generation of men without chests and he concludes his essay with:
[W]e continue to clamour for those very qualities we are rendering impossible. You can hardly open a periodical without coming across the statement that what our civilization needs is more ‘drive’, or dynamism, or self-sacrifice, or ‘creativity’. In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.
While it may be needless to say, conservatives are faced with GOP leaders that are devoid of chests. Make no mistake, they are spin masters. They are intellectuals.
But when it comes to actual action, they wouldn’t have the slightest idea what to do. Conflict in any form comes and they melt away, unlike Ted Cruz during his confrontation with a misguided Ellen Page this past weekend (seriously, what was she thinking? Pick on Jeb Bush. Or Ben Carson. But Ted Cruz, a former Harvard debate champion and solicitor general of Texas. . . .?).
Which is why, as they actively work to tamp down on any talk of attaching a rider to the Continuing Resolution this fall that would defund Planned Parenthood, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner’s finest moments might likely end in catastrophe.
There are epochs in American history when we face wrongs that this country has engaged in and make them right.
Slavery comes to mind.
We as Americans have also stood down great evil across the world throughout our nation’s short history.
Defeating Nazi Germany and the horrors embodied by this evil empire was one of our finest hours.
As we are presented with a growing evil in our midst, we must face the question: will we as a nation continue as we have or will we change? The issue of Planned Parenthood is not an insignificant issue. It is one that must rise to a national debate. We are all engaged in it whether we want to be or not because each year, Planned Parenthood receives hundreds of millions of our taxpayer dollars. For fiscal year 2015, that number rose above $800 million.
Yet the response from the Republican leadership of McConnell and Boehner is that, “We must avoid a government shutdown at all costs!”
Since when, we ask, did the jobs of a few government desk clerks and keeping national parks open supersede the lives of thousands of innocent children (read this excellent paper from Heritage on a government shutdown if you doubt us)?
These chidden are not just being aborted each year-they are being killed so that their organs may be used for profit and medical experimentation, all in the name of science.
In a world today that disavows right and wrong, good and evil, you will be presented with a conclusion you may not be comfortable with: evil exists and you fund it.
As Senator Ted Cruz writes in USA Today, every effort must be made this fall to defund Planned Parenthood. Not by show votes that McConnell and Boehner know will go nowhere. No, those will not suffice.
A concerted effort must be made by the Republican Party to end this atrocity. That effort must be centered around the must pass Continuing Resolution. If the government shuts down over this (again, read Heritage’s paper on what a shutdown really is), then let it shut down.
Let the Republicans lead-they were given the majority for fights like this.
If they do not lead, then maybe it is time for them to go the way of the Whigs and for conservatives to start a new party.