MEMO: GOP Candidates Paying Steve King’s Ransom for Primary?

TO: Interested Parties

FR: Brad Woodhouse, American Bridge

SU: GOP Candidates Paying Steve King’s Ransom for Primary?

It goes to show just how sharply the Republican party has moved to the right that serious presidential hopefuls are spending today kissing Steve King’s ring.

Chris Christie calls anti-immigrant crusader King “a very good friend” but he hasn’t said if he supports the federal DREAM Act, and he hasn’t said if he’d repeal the president’s executive action on immigration.  And Scott Walker?  Silent on the federal DREAM Act as well.

But even without answering those questions their actions are going to have consequences, because general election voters also happen to have eyes and ears.

American Bridge is going to hold these candidates accountable all election cycle, and after appearing on the stump with people that say things like this, it will be crystal clear to voters where they stand:

Steve King (and remember– he’s […]

American Bridge Bracketing Steve King Sweepstakes With Twitter Ads, Video, Trackers, Press Call

GOP Presidential Candidates Will Be Held Accountable For Bowing To The Most Extreme Wing Of The Republican Party

Steve King’s Iowa Freedom Summit tomorrow will be replete with GOP presidential candidates courting his favor — Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson and more are slated to attend. It goes to show just how sharply the party has moved to the right that its most serious presidential hopefuls are spending their weekend hoping to flatter the most notoriously anti-immigrant member of Congress, not to mention palling around with the likes of Donald Trump and Sarah Palin.

But their desperate attempts to endear themselves to the conservative base will not come without consequences, namely because general election voters also happen to have eyes and ears. American Bridge is holding these candidates accountable for their lunges to the far right.

This morning, we released a new […]

GOP busted in immigration doublespeak days before 2016 hopefuls kiss King’s ring

After American Bridge busted  Republicans speaking out of both sides of their mouths on immigration reform last night, the Washington press corps is taking note of one of the most cynical political ploys you’ll ever see.

And remember– this is just days before 2016 hopefuls fly to Iowa to kiss Steve King’s ring.  King, for his part, didn’t mix messages last night, sticking to calling one of the president’s guests “a deportable.”

Real Clear Politics:

Republican leadership tapped freshman Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida to give the Spanish-language response to the State of the Union while freshman Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa was delivering the official response. Yet the two speeches, while similar in structure, had one large difference: immigration.

Curbelo mentioned it in his speech. Ernst did not.

“We should also work through the appropriate channels to create permanent solutions for our immigration system,” Curbelo said, according to a translation of […]

True Life: The Kochs Started My Trajectory; Now I’m Giving The GOP State Of The Union Response

It has just been announced that Sen. Joni Ernst will deliver the Republican Party’s State Of The Union response next week — and what a revealing choice it is. In case you aren’t familiar with Ernst from her recent Senate run, let us give you a quick primer, and we’ll start right from the beginning.

As Joni Ernst put it herself at the Koch brothers’ secretive billionaires retreat last summer, the Koch network “really started my trajectory.” And boy, they couldn’t be prouder with the politician she grew into. Staying true to the Koch agenda, Ernst has stood behind eliminating the Department of Education and gutting the EPA argued against having any federal minimum wage, and she seems eager to privatize Social Security and student loans.

And believe it or not, Ernst’s extreme views go far beyond her ultra-conservative policy platform. She has regurgitated Glenn Beck’s Agenda 21 UN conspiracy theory. […]

Resources for Reporters: GOP Following Steve King’s Lead On Immigration (Again)

Republicans are poised to again ignore their own autopsy and record losses among Latino voters to follow Steve “Anchor Baby” King’s playbook, attempting to deport DREAMers and threatening funding to DHS.  Here’s a few resources from American Bridge to help track this morning’s debate and vote:

Bridge Project’s report barriers to reform in the House
Bridge Project’s report on barriers to reform in the Senate
Bridge Project’s report on how GOP failures left immigration up to the President
American Bridge’s microsite “All Steve King’s Men,” which details how Republicans follow Steve King’s lead on immigration

ICYMI – Rand Paul to Howie Carr: Withhold Foreign Aid from ‘Crazy Countries’

Rand Paul is touring New Hampshire this week, retail-politicking the first-in-the-nation (again) in an unofficial presidential bid that feels like it’s been going on forever. Well in case you missed it, on Friday, Rand Paul called into the Howie Carr show, where he promptly demonstrated both his unpresidential temperament and his dangerous foreign policy platform. Paul, who raised eyebrows a couple years ago when he said we should end all foreign aid, including to Israel, told Carr that we should withhold foreign aid from ‘crazy countries,’ and then became irritated when Carr followed up.

It seems Rand has a tendency for making half-baked policy proposals

Rand Paul: Withhold Foreign Aid from ‘Crazy Countries’

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is traveling to New Hampshire next week, and he’s been making the right preliminary moves, like a call-in to Howie Carr’s Boston-area talk show. In his conversation Friday, Paul was pulled back into […]

MEMO: Chris Christie’s Terrible Economic Record

To: Interested Parties
From: Brad Woodhouse, President, American Bridge 21st Century
Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tonight, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will deliver his State of the State address. We hope he uses this chance to come clean about his serious money problems: his credit has been downgraded eight times. He hasn’t saved enough for retirement. And his security detail is costing him 18 times what it did 5 years ago.

Why should he talk about his money problems during the State of the State? Because they have nothing to do with his bank account – we’re talking about New Jersey taxpayers’ money here.

Since Chris Christie took office in 2010, he’s been playing fast and loose with taxpayer money. He has mismanaged the budget, resulting in New Jersey’s credit has been downgraded eight times – no New Jersey governor had ever presided over that many downgrades. He’s spending 18 times more on his personal security today than when he […]

MEMO: Scott Walker’s Mess

To: Interested Parties
From: Brad Woodhouse, President, American Bridge 21st Century
Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Scott Walker is set to give his State of the State address tonight, and the truth is, he doesn’t have much good news to report. Walker rode into Madison in 2010 dead-set on giving the state a massive Tea Party makeover. And he did.

Walker’s vision for economic growth in Wisconsin consisted largely of massive tax cuts for the wealthy and the privatization of state’s economic development program. To pull off his tax overhaul, Walker, implemented the largest education cuts in state history. But even that wasn’t enough — now the state faces an astonishing $2.2 billion budget shortfall. And just in case you questioned his ideological rigidity, Walker insists that slashing property taxes remains his number one priority this year. So what programs will he cut next to try to solve his colossal budget problem? That remains a mystery.

As […]

Happy Anniversary, Chris Christie!

It’s been one whole year since the words “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” rang ’round the world and we found out that the George Washington Bridge lane closures were initiated by people very close to you, causing four days’ worth of traffic jams. Time sure goes by fast, doesn’t it?

In case you’ve forgotten what it felt like to read the headlines that day, we’ve compiled them here for your reading pleasure. Maybe it will help take your mind off all the bad press you’re getting for over your ethics problems with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones? Enjoy!

New York Times: Christie Faces Scandal on Traffic Jam Aides Ordered

“The mystery of who closed two lanes onto the George Washington Bridge — turning the borough of Fort Lee, N.J., into a parking lot for four days in September — exploded into a full-bore political scandal for Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday. Emails and texts revealed that a top aide had ordered the closings to punish the town’s mayor after he did not endorse the governor for re-election.”

New York Post: Christie could face criminal probe over ‘Bridgegate’

“‘This smells of corrupt use of government authority at the highest levels,’ said Democratic State Sen. Ray Lesniak, who called for a federal grand-jury probe, rather than a state investigation that could be influenced by the Christie administration.”

Wall Street Journal: Bridge-Spat Emails Pose Questions For Christie

“…[T]he image of a popular Republican governor punishing a less-powerful Democratic mayor and his constituents for a political reason threatens to undermine one of Mr. Christie’s central arguments for himself.”

Marco Rubio’s Immigration Flip-Flop In Full Effect

When immigration reform first reemerged as a crucial issue in 2013, Marco Rubio appeared eager to play a leadership role withing the GOP at passing a bipartisan comprehensive bill. But those days are distant memories. Since realizing that his immigration stance would problematic with the Republican base, Rubio has run away from comprehensive reform faster than thirsty speech-giver would lunge for a bottle of water. Now, he’s offering his sympathies to Americans for who feel like they’re being taken advantage of by undocumented immigrants. Marco Rubio, profile in courage.

Here’s how it’s playing back home: