American Bridge Statement on Speaker Paul Ryan’s Retirement

American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates released the following statement after news broke that Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Atlas Shrugged) would retire from Congress as Republicans face a mounting blue wave:

“Even though he once told the American public the truth about how unfit Donald Trump was to be commander-in-chief, Paul Ryan defined his speakership by putting party above country and abandoning Congress’s constitutional responsibility to our system of checks and balances.

“So it’s fitting that months after leaving us with crushing increases in debt and healthcare costs all to give a tax windfall to the rich – his lifelong obsession – Ryan is cutting and running as Trump’s scandal-diseased agenda has left Republicans facing furious constituents and a blue wave all over the country.

“What’s more, Ryan’s cowardly failure to defend the special counsel appointed by Trump’s own deputy attorney general will be remembered as one of the most repugnant disgraces in American political history.”

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Amodei hypocritically defends holding 17-year-old high school student to a higher standard than himself

During an interview on KNPR 88.9 FM this morning, Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) was asked about a Reno Gazette-Journal report revealing how he had gone on “a profanity-laced tirade aimed at Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke” at a Churchill County Republican Party dinner just days before defending how his office got a high school student suspended for swearing on the phone while advocating for gun safety reforms.

In response, Amodei said today, “listen, I stand by it. It’s like, you know I’ve got a reputation as a plain talker.  And so sometimes when I think that the use of words that may be not ‘Oh, gosh, gee whiz,’ then you know what, in public, I have used those words from time to time and I take complete responsibility for it.”

American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates reacted with the following statement:

“It is embarrassing for a tough-talking congressman to hold a 17-year-old student to a higher standard than […]

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BREAKING: Mark Amodei’s feelings are hurt

“If Congressman Amodei can’t handle criticism from a student constituent speaking out against gun violence then he should just find a new line of work that’s more suited to his constitution,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates.  “The time Amodei spent tattling would’ve been better spent re-thinking his opposition to basic gun safety reforms that the vast majority of Americans – including gun owners – strongly support.”

Nevada Independent: Amodei defends his office’s response to a ‘vulgar’ phone call from a student
By Jackie Valley, Humberto Sanchez
March 19th, 2018 – 5:43pm

Congressman Mark Amodei won’t apologize to a Washoe County high school student who was suspended after delivering profanity-laced remarks to the lawmaker’s office during the national walkout last week.

The ACLU of Nevada sent Amodei a letter on Monday, urging him to issue the student — 17-year-old Noah Christiansen who attends Robert McQueen High School — an apology because a complaint from the congressman’s staffer […]

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MEMO: No Republican is safe this November

TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Bradley Beychok, President of American Bridge
DATE: March 13, 2017
RE: No Republican is safe this November

“This guy should win easily, and he is going to win easy.” Donald Trump, 3/10/2018

That sound you hear is a blue wave approaching. The results in Pennsylvania spell disaster for Republicans in November; if they can’t win in a longtime Republican stronghold, no district is safe, especially considering that Republicans nationwide will have to confront the same liabilities that brought Rick Saccone down in Pennsylvania.

Voters are rejecting the GOP’s toxic agenda, even in red districts – starting with the Republican tax scam 

Tonight’s results are the clearest indication to date that voters are turning on Trump’s toxic agenda. From rising healthcare costs to a tax scam that further rigs the economy for the rich, voters don’t like what they see and are rejecting these policies at the ballot box.  What’s particularly telling, […]

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New Ad: Saccone Blames Families And Turns Deaf Ear To Opioid Crisis

To demonstrate the high stakes of Tuesday’s election for Western Pennsylvania communities suffering from the opioid epidemic, American Bridge is launching a new Facebook ad underlining how dangerous Rick Saccone’s do-nothing approach to the opioid crisis would be in Congress.

The ad, which is backed by a 5-figure buy, follows Politico coverage indicating that White House Senior Adviser Kellyanne Conway, “was taken aback when NBC reported that Saccone had said last year that the government was limited in what it could do to stem the opioid epidemic.”

To watch the new ad, “Rick Saccone: Wrong for Western Pennsylvania,” click HERE.

“The opioid epidemic is slamming Western Pennsylvania harder than almost any part of the country,” said American Bridge President Bradley Beychok. “And instead of showing that he understands the growing threat and agonizing pain of this emergency as it takes so many lives, Rick Saccone says the families are to blame.  Rick Saccone doesn’t care about fighting this […]

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AUDIO: Tenney reiterates sick lie about mass shootings

This morning, during an interview with TALK! 100.7 FM in Utica, Claudia Tenney repeated and defended her unhinged claim about mass shooters often being Democrats, saying, “but yes, some of these people are Republicans, but yes, many do end up becoming – when you look them up, they become Democrats.” Later in the interview, Tenney even encouraged listeners to look up lists online that independent fact-checkers have refuted.

“It is outrageous and revolting that Congresswoman Tenney is continuing to spout this widely disproven conspiracy theory,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “Maliciously exploiting a national tragedy for partisan purposes is absolutely disqualifying behavior for any elected official. Tenney’s refusal to face facts is a shocking act of disrespect for the people who are counting on her for leadership.”

In the aftermath of the tragic Parkland shooting, Tenney told a conservative radio host that, “many of these people that commit […]

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American Bridge Statement Regarding Claudia Tenney Fund Raising off Disgusting Comments About Mass Shootings

American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates released the following statement after Congresswoman Claudia Tenney sent out a campaign fundraising email based on her thoroughly debunked and appalling claim that “many of these people that commit the mass murders end up being Democrats.”

“It’s disgusting that Congresswoman Tenney is trying to raise cash for her campaign by highlighting a lie which politicized a national tragedy.  Instead of dodging questions from journalists and fundraising off her egregiously irresponsible and offensive tirade, Tenney should try apologizing for it.  Her constituents deserve better than an unaccountable liar who sees something as horrific as a mass shooting as something to exploit.”

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“Rattled” Republican establishment scrambles to help career politician Rick Saccone as he struggles to connect with Western Pennsylvania voters

Two national reports today underline that the Republican establishment in Washington is desperate to “prop-up” career politician Rick Saccone, who’s campaign is stalling as Saccone fails to demonstrate that he will stand-up for middle class families and Western Pennsylvania workers instead of the special interests that he has put first throughout his time in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

In recent days, Reuters also spoke with Trump voters in Pennsylvania’s 18th district, who expressed a lack of enthusiasm for Saccone.  These Trump supporters said that they view the tax plan Saccone is promoting as a “giveaway” for the rich and that only throws “a bone” to them.

This comes as polling shows the race is tightening.

“Follow the money – the Republican establishment is in full-on panic mode because career politician Rick Saccone is not connecting with Western Pennsylvania voters,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “Saccone’s failure to gain traction […]

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Career politician Rick Saccone spends Valentine’s Day in DC with his true loves: lobbyists and special interest groups

How is career politician Rick Saccone spending Valentine’s Day?  In Washington, D.C. at a closed-door meeting – arranged by a federal lobbyist – with a special interest group that advocates for privatization of government services and jobs.  The Saccone campaign has refused to publicly comment on the candidate’s presence at this gathering today.

“Attending a secret fundraiser in DC has to the swampiest way to spend Valentine’s Day that anyone has ever heard of,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “Rick Saccone’s long political career has been defined by putting special interests ahead of the people he’s supposed to be fighting for and by taking advantage of his elected office to benefit himself at the expense of his constituents in Western Pennsylvania.”

Today’s meeting comes as Saccone is under fire for misusing his seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to benefit himself financially – […]

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Saccone’s statements on the opioid crisis are unacceptable

Congressional candidate and career politician Rick Saccone was caught admitting he doesn’t believe the government should be fighting the opioid epidemic. Instead, Saccone would leave the entire burden on those struggling with addiction and their families. American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates responded to his callous remarks, first reported by the Daily Beast, with the following statement:

“Saccone’s comments reveal exactly what he would do as a member of Congress to combat the opioid crisis sweeping through Pennsylvania and the nation: nothing. That is unacceptable. The heartbreaking devastation opioids are causing for thousands of Pennsylvanians has already cost thousands of lives and strained too many families, many of whom don’t have the resources to help loved ones recover on their own. It is disturbingly out of touch for Rick Saccone to suggest that this epidemic calls for anything less than a full government response to bolster the efforts of families and nonprofit organizations.”

In contrast to Saccone, Pennsylvania’s state government has designated the opioid crisis […]

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