Chamber Spent $50 Million Lobbying for Obama’s Priorities

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration, News

If you are looking for a vivid example why it is so important for us to change the Republican Party in the upcoming primaries, look no further than the latest news from the Chamber of [Government-Run] Commerce – the most prominent establishment GOP lobbying empire.  According to The Hill, the Chamber has spent $50 million lobbying for the Senate amnesty bill last year:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent more than $50 million on lobbying last year as it pushed for action on immigration reform.

Typically the biggest K Street spender in Washington, the business group funneled about $52.7 million toward lobbying efforts in 2013, according to disclosure records. In the last quarter of the year, the group spent almost $16.5 million.

Some of that money went toward lobbying on immigration reform, which is a top legislative priority for the business community.

So the Chamber’s top priority is the same as Obama’s top priority – passing mass amnesty, rapidly expanding low-skilled immigration from its already record-high-levels, and ensuring that we continue the cycle of open borders.  Given that the Chamber is the most influential lobby within GOP establishment circles, why should we support Republicans who will follow the edicts of this defacto pro-Obama lobby?

It’s ironic how they accuse us of helping Democrats by fielding conservative primary challengers.  The very reason we pursue primary challenges is because Republicans are joining with Democrats, not only to harm the country but to destroy the Republican Party.  We are helping to stop this self-immolation by preserving the party as one that offers an alternative on immigration and other issues and will not help Democrats grow a permanent majority.

KS-Senate: Dr. Milton Wolf Proposes Free Market Healthcare Reforms

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Obamacare

One of the things we look for in our candidates is the ability to move beyond platitudes and articulate how limited government and free markets helps improve the lives of ordinary Americans.  Career politicians like Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) might intuitively think Obamacare is a bad idea, but he has no ability to articulate free market healthcare policy from a position of strength.  That’s because, at heart, Roberts is more of a politician than a conservative.  Hence, he was easily sucked into the “go-along-to-get-along” mode and endorsed Kathleen Sebelius to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources in 2009.

Dr. Milton Wolf, who we were proud to endorse last month, is the panacea to inarticulate and inconsistent Republican politicians like Roberts.  Yesterday, he unveiled his ideas for free market healthcare reform.  Every Republicans should read this straightforward document, as it explains in plain English, from the perspective of a doctor, why even before Obamacare was implemented we languished under a centrally planned, market-distorted system.  He then proceeds to explain how the lack of portability, government distortions of insurance, tendentious tax treatment of employer-based healthcare, and out-of-control tort system have hurt patients and doctors.  Obamacare has only exacerbated all of these “pre-existing conditions.”

We are proud to put our name on smart conservative candidates like Milton Wolf.  His articulate presentation of healthcare reform is exactly what we need in Washington.  We need more than just a vote; we need a loud and unwavering voice to represent our values.  Help us support Milton Wolf in Kansas and send a 21st century conservative to Washington.  http://www.retireroberts.com/

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The Coming Amnesty Offensive and the Need to Clean House

Monday, January 6th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

House GOP leaders have made it crystal clear that it is their intention to pass an amnesty bill based upon every liberal premise of the immigration issue.  The only question is timing. Conservatives must sound the alarm and acknowledge that engaging in the upcoming primaries is the only way to preempt Obamacare 2.0 in the lame duck years of Obama’s tenure.

When talking with many grassroots activists throughout the country this primary cycle, it seems that many conservatives are fooled by the false sense of security that a GOP-controlled House would never pass amnesty.  After all, why would Republicans reward a lawbreaker – a president who has ostensibly placed a moratorium on border security and immigration enforcement – with the biggest political victory of his second term?

After the government shutdown in October, I felt the same way.  There was no way Republicans would play ball with Democrats on immigration after President Obama and Senator Harry Reid conducted themselves with such contempt during the budget battle.  But like many others in the movement, I was temporarily overlooking the fact that our party is controlled by undocumented Democrats.

Immediately following the budget battle, we began to see news reports about Speaker Boehner promising a push for amnesty after the primaries are settled.  We saw Rep. Eric Cantor hold up the Dream Act as a paradigm of positive conservative legislation.  We watched in shock as John Boehner suddenly hired one of the key staffers involved in writing the Kennedy-McCain amnesty bill to be his top policy advisor on immigration.  And we saw Rep. Paul Ryan, a rabid supporter of open borders, forge a budget deal for an extra year, clearing the schedule to focus on immigration over the next two years.

Now, the New York Times is reporting that John Boehner is planning to act on his tantalizing open border dreams, albeit through a surreptitious strategy.  Knowing that conservatives are repulsed by anything comprehensive in nature, aides to the Speaker told the Times that he plans to push a “step-by-step” approach.  In case you were wondering, that step-by-step approach doesn’t include reforming our out-of-control refuge and asylum policy, building the fence, cutting off the welfare spigot, clarifying birthright citizenship, ending chain migration, or reducing our record high levels of low skilled immigration before making other changes.  It includes a list of liberal priorities couched with some shiny objects that will never make it in the final bill, especially with Democrats in control of the U.S. Senate and the White House.

And speaking of Democrat control, why are the same people who told us we can’t block bad legislation with control of just the House now suggesting that we can pass conservative immigration legislation with such little power?

The question answers itself.  These people do not share our values.  This intra-party battle is not just about strategy; it is about substance.

Indeed it is hard to sit back and watch Republican leaders remain silent as Obama hamstrings our border agents, suspends laws of Congress, and even harbors illegal immigrants in his own family.  Instead of debating how much enforcement they will demand from Obama, Republicans are already negotiating how much amnesty and chain migration they will unilaterally cede to the President.

If conservatives remain silent, all of the incumbents will coast to reelection and the current leadership will remain intact.  Even if Boehner retires, Reps. Cantor, McCarthy and Ryan will pursue amnesty with even more alacrity.  That’s why conservatives must work to change leadership.

In addition to engaging in every contested primary this year, conservatives need to commence a discussion with sitting members regarding their plans for next year’s leadership elections.  Instead of waiting until the last minute, there needs to be a well-organized effort beginning this year to block the current leaders from retaining or obtaining power during the next Congress.

After three years of failed promises from the Pledge to America, and now with the new push for amnesty by the big four players (John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, and Paul Ryan), it’s time for new leadership.  Make no mistake about it, if we are saddled with Boehner and Cantor for leaders, or if Paul Ryan replaces Boehner as Speaker, we will witness the fundamental transformation of America through immigration deform.  It’s time we start bringing individual members out of the shadows and document their plans for leadership elections.  Otherwise we will all be disenfranchised by an opposition party that joins with a very ambitious lame-duck president who has nothing to lose by pushing a sweeping amnesty bill.

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The Year of the Primary is Upon Us

Friday, January 3rd, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Elections

Over the past few years, it has become abundantly clear to the conservative grassroots that the Republican establishment in Washington is broken and no longer represents the party’s values.  We embarked on the 2014 election cycle with a goal to help recruit or support candidates who will serve in the Ted Cruz model – men and women who are willing to stand up to the leaders of both parties to represent constitutional values.  Well, 2014 is upon us and we could not have anticipated more success.

Thus far, we have helped recruit or support candidates who are mounting historic primary challenges to some of the most powerful and longest serving members of Congress, as well as game-changing fighters running in Democrat or open seats.  If elected, these candidates will send a shock throughout the D.C. political swamp.  They will be more than just a vote; they will serve as a voice for the country class and break all ties with the ruling class of both parties.

We could not have done this without the support of all our followers and readers.  But 2014 is going to require an even more robust commitment from the movement.  If we do not defeat enough of these establishment Republicans, President Obama will succeed in two of his goals –  initiatives that will fundamentally transform the fabric of this nation – preserving Obamacare and passing amnesty/immigration deform.

The leadership in the GOP and their ruling class enablers in the consultant and lobbying crowd have made it clear that they will pass amnesty and block any effort to fight Obamacare in the budget or debt ceiling bills.  It behooves us all to remind them that their jobs are tenuous; that they merely serve at the pleasure of those who elect them.

Please help us begin the new year with a bang and lend support to our slate of candidates.  We have four Senate candidates and four House candidates, with a number of promising prospects on the way.  In the coming weeks, we hope to unveil a new website with information on all our candidates and how you can help volunteer working the phones or knocking on doors in the contested states and districts.

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Chamber to Spend $50 Million Defending Unpopular Status Quo

Thursday, December 26th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, News

Here’s is a thought for a slow vacation week.  Congress’s approval rating has dipped into the single digits.  Anyone with any intellectual honesty – whether liberal or conservative – should agree that we need wholesale change in the ranks of leadership in both parties.  Yet the Chamber of [Government-Run] Commerce is prepared to spend $50 million in order to protect the status quo.

The Wall Street Journal published an extensive story over Christmas detailing some of the efforts of party leadership and their corporate allies to keep the Republican Party a small tent – one which stands for nothing and appeals to nobody:

Republican leaders and their corporate allies have launched an array of efforts aimed at diminishing the clout of the party’s most conservative activists and promoting legislation instead of confrontation next year.

GOP House leaders are taking steps to impose discipline on wavering committee chairmen and tea-party factions. Meanwhile, major donors and advocacy groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads, are preparing an aggressive effort to groom and support more centrist Republican candidates for Congress in 2014′s midterm elections. […]

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce early next year plans to roll out an aggressive effort—expected to cost at least $50 million—to support establishment, business-friendly candidates in primaries and the general election, with an aim of trying to win a Republican Senate majority.

“Our No. 1 focus is to make sure, when it comes to the Senate, that we have no loser candidates,” said the business group’s top political strategist, Scott Reed. “That will be our mantra: No fools on our ticket.”

Well, if the Chamber is looking to avoid loser candidates they should start by pulling the plug on their support for Mitch McConnell.  He is losing to a liberal Democrat in a state Republicans carried by 23 points last year.  That’s a loser candidate if I’ve ever seen one.

Yes, indeed the Chamber is full of many ironies.  They supposedly represent business interests, yet they continue to perpetuate the powers that be in Washington – the very same forces that stifle business growth.  With their candidates, they help perpetuate Obamacare, which kills small businesses.  With their candidates, they help Democrats win on every debt ceiling fight, so that the federal government has unlimited money to propagate job-killing regulations.  And with their candidates, they ensure that we re-elect the current crop of failed GOP leaders who have given Democrats a defacto super-majority in the Senate.

Most amazingly, they are also spending millions of dollars pushing for amnesty and an unlimited supply of Democrat voters. These voters will help defeat their chosen Republican incumbents, thereby countermanding this year’s $50 million campaign.

In reality, the Chamber doesn’t stand for free markets or limited government.  They stand with the special interests and venture socialists as long as it helps the bottom line of their clients.  They are attracted to the strongest political forces on the block like flies are attracted to cow pies.  Hence, they will do anything in their power to protect the status quo.

Folks, if you like the status quo in Washington, the Chamber of Commerce has $50 million in banal political ads to sell you in the upcoming primary season.  Are you buying?

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Milton Wolf for U.S. Senate in Kansas

Thursday, December 19th, 2013 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.

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Chad Mathis for Alabama’s 6th Congressional District

Monday, December 16th, 2013 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.

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2014: The Year of the Primaries

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Elections

Next year Republican primary voters will have an unprecedented number of choices for whom to nominate to the United States Senate.  There have never been so many primary challenges against such high-level and long-serving members of the Senate.

There are now primary challenges in Kentucky, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kansas, and Wyoming.  The challengers vary in degrees of viability, competence, and skill.  Not all of them have been endorsed by conservative groups; not all of them necessarily will receive endorsements.  But all of these states are represented by entrenched ruling class Republicans of yesteryear.  They are also all states Mitt Romney carried by a comfortable margin.

As such, irrespective of the details of each individual challenge and challenger, conservatives should celebrate the growth in election competition in itself.  At the core of our free market belief is that choice and competition perfects the outcome of any product or service.  Politicians are no different.

Senators are elected for six-year terms, not lifetime appointments.  Every six years they need to stand before their constituents and vouch for their record while explaining why they would be the best choice for a new six-year term.  When there is no competition in primaries, they feel no need to improve or consider the concerns of their conservative constituents.  Primaries offer alternative candidates, and often, better choices for the future.  Again, this is something we should celebrate, especially in conservative states.

Some media figures and disgruntled Republicans are perplexed at the extent of the primary challenges this year.  Many of the apologists for the banal incumbents point to legislative scorecards to express confusion over why their candidates are insufficiently conservative.  After all, they contend, these senators don’t seem to fit the mold of the typical beleaguered moderate-liberal incumbent like Arlen Specter.

Here are some points we must all consider when examining the upcoming primaries, especially in the context of the current crop of GOP senators:

  • The Hatch Effect: As Erick Erickson noted a few months ago, Orrin Hatch started a new trend among the ruling class members.  Recognizing the mistake of moderates like Bob Bennett and Dick Lugar, Hatch ran all the way to the right when he began to sense a credible primary threat.  Last year, he voted 100% with Mike Lee.  This year he has voted for amnesty, ENDA, funding Obamacare, debt ceiling increases, the Biden-McConnell tax increases, and many of Obama’s liberal judges and executive appointees.

The sad reality is that it worked for him, and now Senators McConnell, Cornyn, and Roberts are trying to replicate the Hatch Effect.  They figured out how to pick the lock.  Move all the way to the right as soon as a primary challenge emerges and completely muddle the need for an alternative.  Then they can point to a scorecard showing them voting the right way that year.

  • Rebuilding the Majority with a Rotten Foundation: Piggybacking off the last point, do we really want to trust the primary-year foxhole conversions?  Remember these are the same old bulls who nearly destroyed the party during the Bush years until the Tea Party saved the GOP.  They were headed to a third wave election of defeat before conservatives united the party behind a message of free markets and anti-bailouts, eschewing years’ worth of bad messaging of the party by some of these same members.  Do we want to rebuild the majority with these same members?
  • The Paradox of Congressional Disapproval: All political factions agree that Congress is corrupt, Washington is broken, and members have a lower approval rating than used car salesmen.  Yet it is only the Tea Party that is actually willing to do something about it.  It’s amazing how everyone agrees that Congress is hated, but whenever we promote a challenge to a sitting member, the media looks at us like we are from Mars.  They make fun out of our citizen legislator style candidates.  Well, how are we going to change Washington if we continue to rubber-stamp another 6 years for every incumbent if they are not made to fear competition?
  • A Voice, not Just a Pandering Vote: Even the foxhole conversion into voting conservative is incomplete and inadequate.  We need elected Republicans who will give voice to conservatives and fight back against the left, not those who will surrender the war but make sure to cast a conservative vote in order to protect themselves back home.

Yes, John Cornyn voted against the amnesty bill on the final vote.  But he voted for it in committee, and after conservatives almost killed it on the floor, he revived it with his phony amendment, which gave rise to the contours of the final deal.  Obviously, given that he was personally on the fence with this issue, he certainly did not whip up opposition to the bill.  Ditto for Mitch McConnell.

Moreover, no scorecard could ever encapsulate the degree of damage they did when they gave Harry Reid 60 votes to fund Obamacare, and publicly stood with Democrats against conservatives to sabotage the only legitimate fight against Obamacare.

Similarly, it is nice to see Pat Roberts support the defund effort once he got a primary challenger (after opposing it a few weeks prior during a townhall event).  It is also nice to see him call for Kathleen Sebelius to resign.  However, he was the individual who foisted her upon the country when he gave the home-state endorsement in 2009.  We need articulate voices who will fight battles, not those who will ensure we lose the battles, albeit without their personal fingerprints on the concession during primary elections.

It’s important to remember that some of these incumbents are not liberals, or even moderates.  But they are not conservatives either.  They are ruling class of special interest career politicians who pursue personal power as an ends to itself.  When it suits their need to cast some conservative votes, they will do so.  But when they need to placate the special interests, they will jump in head first.  They certainly will never put their careers on the line to fight for us.

When Republicans win back all branches of government and revert to their natural tendencies, just remember that you had a number of choices when it really mattered.

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Chris McDaniel for Senate in Mississippi

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Elections, News

Try to think of a solid-blue state that has re-elected a conservative Democrat for over 30 years and where that Democrat voted against liberals in their party on social, fiscal, and national security issues?  There are none.  Yet Republicans have a 34-year incumbent from red-state Mississippi who votes time-and-time again for more spending, more taxes, and weaker national defense.  It’s time for this to change.

We will never win the fight against progressive Democrats with big-government, free-spending Republicans.

There is simply no justification from a conservative perspective to re-elect Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), especially in a state as conservative as Mississippi. Like many old-bull Republicans, Thad Cochran has voted for endless spending, tax increases, abortion funding, energy regulations, and most recently – funding for Obamacare.

He voted for regressive taxation in the form of gas tax increases, bracket creep, and the Internet sales tax.

Cochran has even voted for unbridled eminent domain and amnesty for illegal immigrants – two issues that are wildly unpopular in his state.

And, Senator Thad Cochran has supported treaties that weaken our sovereignty and threaten our national security, such as the new START and Law of Sea Treaty (LOST).

Taken as a whole, Cochran is not a conservative on fiscal, social, or national security issues.  He rarely votes with conservatives and has certainly never given voice to conservatives on important issues.

But it is his status as the undisputed “King of Senate pork” that has given Cochran national fame.  Throughout the past decade, Thad Cochran has created more monuments for himself than anyone other than Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV).  From shrimp research to local special interests, the biggest accomplishment of Cochran’s 34-year tenure is wasting more taxpayer money than almost any other Senator.

It’s time conservatives in Mississippi ask the obvious question: after almost three and a half decades in the U.S. Senate and six years in the U.S. House, what has Sen. Cochran accomplished for freedom-loving Americans?  What has he accomplished period?  Isn’t it time for him to join the rest of the permanent political class from the ‘70s and retire on K Street?

Fortunately, Republicans in Mississippi will actually have an alternative candidate that they can proudly support instead of holding their noses for a Democrat-lite. That alternative is state Senator Chris McDaniel.

State Senator Chris McDaniel has been fighting for conservatives inside and outside of the state House for the past ten years.  And he will take that fight to Washington, D.C. when he stands up against the Democrats and GOP establishment as the next Senator from Mississippi.

Of all the candidates we have interviewed this year looking to mount insurgency primary challenges, Chris has the most unique attributes.  During his four years in the Mississippi state Senate, Chris has become the “Jim DeMint” of the state legislature, earning himself the status of the undisputed conservative leader.

When we met with Chris, he reminded us a lot of Senator Mike Lee (R-UT).  As a brilliant and successful lawyer, Chris has a sagacious grasp of the U.S. Constitution and our founding documents.  Unlike others who seek higher office and pander to conservatives, Constitutional conservatism is his first language.  He is also extremely well-spoken and articulates conservatism from a position of strength, hearkening back to his days as a talk show host in central Mississippi.

Chris has been a Tea Party leader since April 15, 2009.  He brought the message of the Tea Party to the state Senate, and in 2012 he formed the Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition (MSCC), a group of eleven conservative senators committed to challenging the big government policies of both parties.  In the state Senate, he fought against illegal immigration, a gas tax increase, and wasteful spending.  While Sen. Thad Cochran was voting for eminent domain, McDaniel was leading a complex battle on the Mississippi Senate floor to protect land owners after the egregious Kelo decision from the Supreme Court.

In 2010, Chris filed the federal class action suit against Obamacare on behalf of the state of Mississippi. And he recently led the fight to crack down on illegal immigration.  McDaniel is just as strong a fighter for social conservative causes as he is for fiscal issues.  Earlier this year, he used his legal expertise to pass the Mississippi Student Religious Liberties Act, which protects students from being discriminated against for their religious expressions.

While every insurgency race is an uphill battle, this one has the easiest candidate for us to get behind.  This is a no-brainer.  You could not possibly ask more from a candidate going up against a 40 year experienced politician.   Chris is universally regarded as the conservative leader in the state, has a base of support, a fervent grassroots following, a brilliant legal mind, and an uninfringeable desire to storm the castle and countermand the failed approach of the Republicans of yesteryear.

When watching Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) stand for millions of Americans during his historic filibuster, it was jarring how few Republicans joined him and Senator Mike Lee in the fight.  Chris McDaniel would have been standing side-by-side with him augmenting the message of liberty, prosperity, and limited government.

The Madison Project is proud to continue its endorsement of conservative candidates with our endorsement of Chris McDaniel. It’s time to send the reinforcements.  It’s time to elect Chris McDaniel to the U.S. Senate.

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Another RINO, Spencer Bachus, Calls it Quits

Monday, September 30th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Issues

Well, we have another casualty of our aggressive primary challenge strategy.  RINO Spencer Bachus, one of the few Republicans who supported amnesty from such a conservative district, has announced he will not seek reelection.  This is another example of winning without firing a shot.

What gives?

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