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Tea Party pushes back against Karl Rove

Saturday, February 9, 2013

A leading Tea Party group has launched a new fund to oppose “big spending” candidates from both parties, in a move that comes just days after a push by moderate Republicans against unelectable right-wingers.

The Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund said in its mission statement that it “will not hesitate to oppose Republican or Democrats in contested primaries” blaming both sides in Congress for taking America down the “path to fiscal ruin”.

Launched Friday, the new fundraising entity will be seen as a counterweight to the Karl Rove-backed Super Pac American Crossroads. Only last week, Rove announced a new effort aimed at ploughing “tens of millions of dollars” into the campaigns of Republicans at risk of being out-flanked from the right.

The war chests being set up could lead to well-financed and bitter Republican primaries in next year’s congressional contests. They come as the party struggles to define itself in the aftermath of November’s presidential defeat, with growing talk of an internecine split between moderates and Tea Party-backed members of the Republican Party.

Mainstream conservatives signalled that they were preparing for messy primary battles in 2014 with the creation of the Conservative Victory Project under the American Crossroads brand.

Jonathan Collegio, spokesman for American Crossroads, said the fighting fund was being set up to help support electable Republicans against “undisciplined” elements.

“I wouldn’t classify this effort as being conservative versus moderate. It is about being the most conservative candidate that can win. If a candidate is undisciplined or unable to raise sufficient resources, that should be recognised,” he told the Guardian last week.

The new push come in the recent memory of two high-profile Senate seat defeats in which Republican candidates expressed deeply conservative – and to most people’s minds, offensive – views on social issues.

In November, then-Representative Todd Akin had been favourite to take a Senate seat representing Missouri before commenting on TV that pregnancy rarely occurs in the case of “legitimate rape”.

Senior Republican figures called on him to step down from the campaign, but he refused to do so. The resulting backlash, from female voters in particular, saw him lose a seat many party officials believed was very winnable.

Likewise, in Indiana, Republican candidate Richard Mourdock lost the Senate battle after suggesting that rape was “something God intended to happen”.

Despite both men’s comments being condemned by politicians from both parties, they continued to receive support from right-wing groups and individuals from the religious right.

American Crossroads hopes the new war chest will help protect more moderate conservatives from a challenge from what they deem to be unelectable right-wingers.

Meanwhile, the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund has been set up with the expressed intention to challenge establishment politicians.

Its website cites a dedication to “supporting those candidates who will sincerely work to rein in out-of-control government and to oppose those candidates who will not. We do not discriminate between political parties. We will not shy away from standing up to long-time career politicians.”

Despite coming so close to the launch Conservative Victory Project, those behind the Tea Party Patriots say the fighting fund is not being set up in direct opposition to that of American Crossroads.

Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots said: “We decided to do this after the election, in November or December. This was always in the works, Karl Rove’s statements did not affect our timing, but his statements emphasise why we need this.”

“DC should not be allowed to pick their friends,” she added.

Both American Crossroads and the Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund have been set up as Super Pacs, shadowy fundraising entities that allow anonymous donors to gift an unlimited amount of cash to influence elections.

by Anonymousreply 1602/10/2013

The email they sent out to their mailing list subscribers is titled "The Political Establishment Will Feel Our Wrath."

It includes "And we are going to go after “Republicans” who vote like liberal Democrats with massive ad campaigns that blanket their districts or states."

Jenny Beth Martin is cray cray. Of course, it asks for donations about 15 times and doesn't mention the Koch brothers.

by Anonymousreply 102/09/2013

Is Amy Kremer going to get involved, R1?

by Anonymousreply 202/09/2013

So, another election cycle with the Republicans eating their own.

Sounds great. Can't wait.

by Anonymousreply 302/10/2013

I'm hoping Santorum runs again in 2016 like he did in 2012 and causes all sorts of problems for them on the social issues file.

by Anonymousreply 402/10/2013

Don't count the Koch brothers out just because the Tea Party has serious problems on the national level. AFP is a Koch front organization that is very active at the state level. The other Koch state operation is ALEC.

Do a search on Daily Kos or Truthout, or any of your favorite left websites to get information on these organizations.

Here is their agenda for the Arizona state government from their own website followed by the results they desire:

1) Make sure low-income people don't get health care. (Stop Arizona from Expanding Medicaid/AHCCCS under ObamaCare)

2) Cut essential government services(Restrain Arizona State Government Spending)

3) Tax breaks for big business, higher taxes for the poor (Enact Pro-Growth Tax Reforms, Including 100% Investment Expensing, Killing the Inflation Tax, Conforming the State & Local Sales Tax Bases)

4) Destroy unions, lower wages (Pass Paycheck Protection)

5) Destroy unions, lower wages (Reform Abuses in Taxpayer-Funded Union Release Time)

6) Cut essential government services (Refer "Truth-in-Spending" Budget Transparency Bill to the 2014 Ballot)

7) Eradicate public education (Expand AZ’s Private School K-12 Tax Credits, Strengthen ESAs)

8) Eliminate retirement security, allow Wall Street to loot the middle class (Pension Reform, Convert EORP to a Defined Contribution Pension Plan)

9) Strangle the clean energy industry in its cradle to protect the Kochs' oil and gas business (Prevent Enactment of New Corporate Welfare-Tax Credits / Loan Guarantees)

10) Destroy unions, lower wages (Mandate Transparency in Collective Bargaining ("Meet and Confer")

11) Give corporations free rein to harm people without any consequences (Enact Regulatory Reform (AZ/Local/ACC), Licensing Reform & Tort Reform)

12) Eliminate public lands and facilities such as parks and pools (Restrain the Creation of Special Local Government Taxing/Bonding Districts)

13) Increase Price Transparency in the Health Care Industry (They threw in one that makes sense.)

by Anonymousreply 502/10/2013

It does seem the architects of the Clinton-Bush era are finally being pushed out - James Carville, Dick Morris, Mary Matalin and now Karl Rove. I would like to think it is because everyone realizes they are all morons, but I think the reality is their media managers realize the audience is tired of them.

by Anonymousreply 602/10/2013

They can talk about "gubment spending" all they want, but everyone knows they wish to usher in Christian government at all levels.

by Anonymousreply 702/10/2013

R4 - Santorum's 2016 campaign began the day he conceded the 2012 nomination. He HATES the Pauls with the force of a gazillion white hot suns, and would absolutely LOVE to trash Rand! Rubio (or whoever else) would have to run cray cray on social issues to get evangelicals away from Teh Rick - lose/lose I'm afraid. So sad ... ha ha!

by Anonymousreply 802/10/2013

[quote]A leading Tea Party group has launched a new fund to oppose “big spending” candidates from both parties,

In other words, without the Kochs and Adelsons of this world, the tea party has very little financial backing. The avg. tea bagger doesn't have enough disposable income to donate to his/her favorite candidates, so they have chosen the "no frills" route. To what extent will the Kochs/Adelson throw their support toward Rove on this?

by Anonymousreply 902/10/2013

They should have a meeting where the Tea Party supporters, Karl Rove and the Koch brothers gather to combine forces to defeat the anti-America Obama fags.

Then someone should come in with an assault weapon - legally purchased - and wipe them all out. Excercising their freedom in America to hunt all they want!

"We thought they were deer!"

by Anonymousreply 1002/10/2013

R10 - Remember several years ago Roger Ailes wanted to launch a Fox News comedy show that would rival The Colbert Report and The Daily Show? They objective was to bring in a college age crowd with a demonstration of conservative wit. You are Exhibit A as to why that endeavor failed.

If you are aged 12 or so, keep on trying. Intellect can like a muscle for the genetically gifted.

by Anonymousreply 1102/10/2013

[quote]They can talk about "gubment spending" all they want, but everyone knows they wish to usher in Christian government at all levels.

Oh, most of the ones I've heard squawking don't even try to hide their true agenda.

by Anonymousreply 1202/10/2013

My god, can't these geeks take a year off?

As long as the Democrats keep nominating a minority POTUS, they will win (Repugs will not vote for a darkie).

by Anonymousreply 1302/10/2013

What a bunch of loonies. All Karl Rove wants is money. He's going to cater to those who will buy and pay for his services.

by Anonymousreply 1402/10/2013

[quote]Santorum's 2016 campaign began the day he conceded the 2012 nomination. He HATES the Pauls with the force of a gazillion white hot suns, and would absolutely LOVE to trash Rand!

So what led to this intense hatred between Santorum and the Pauls?

by Anonymousreply 1502/10/2013

R5's list is infuriating and scary. More people need to expose what the Kochsuckers are really up to. They are evil incarnate.

by Anonymousreply 1602/10/2013
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