Senate Brief: GOP Gone Wild

Week of Monday, May 21

IN BRIEF: Dysfunction reigns supreme across Republican Senate campaigns. From lackluster performances by party leadership’s hand-picked candidates to infighting still plaguing GOP ranks, the prospect of a strong Senate map isn’t looking so assured for national Republicans.

A week after the Pennsylvania Senate primary, GOP candidate Rep. Lou Barletta’s campaign came under fire – from fellow Republicans –  as “lackadaisical” and “disorganized.”

According to the Washington Examiner, senior Republicans raised red flags about Barletta, even after he won the GOP primary with the last minute addition of a robocall from President Trump.
One Republican strategist said of Barletta: “the sense is, nobody knows what the fuck he’s doing.”

Meanwhile, Nevada’s Dean Heller just can’t seem to do anything right.

Reporting from the Nevada Independent found that in spite of bragging about the bacon he’d bring home to Nevada as chairman of two Senate subcommittees, Heller never convened a single […]

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Rick Scott’s Opioid Producer Ties Are The Definition Of A Conflict Of Interest

“It’s no wonder Rick Scott delayed taking action on Florida’s opioid crisis for years — he’s profiting from their deeply unethical business practices. Scott has nearly $300,000 invested in one drug company, and has given that company and others millions in tax breaks while their drugs hurt Floridians. That’s the definition of a conflict of interest,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Tampa Bay Times: Opioid makers, called “drug dealers,” gave $1 million to Florida officials over 20 years

By Lawrence Mower | May 18, 2018

“When she announced her lawsuit against some of the largest makers of opioids this week, Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi vowed the companies would “pay” for what they’d done.”
“But for the last 20 years, they have been paying – to Florida politicians.”
“Gov. Rick Scott, also a Republican, has taken $6,000, records show, although his ties to one of the companies runs deeper.”
“Scott, upon taking office […]

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NEW AD: Why Won’t Rick Scott Stand Up To Scott Pruitt?

Today, American Bridge is launching a new digital ad that exposes Florida Senate candidate Governor Rick Scott’s (R-FL) failure to protect his constituents from Scott Pruitt’s corruption.

The ad will run on social media in Florida, targeted to midterm voters. The 30-second video asks: “Why is Governor Rick Scott afraid to fight for us?” and urges voters to call Scott’s Tallahassee office to demand he stand up to Scott Pruitt.

“In his brief tenure as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt has undertaken a relentless and unprecedented campaign of corruption,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Rick Scott has refused to stand up to him — at the expense of millions in taxpayer dollars. Florida voters deserve to know why Scott stands with Swamp Creature Pruitt over Floridians.”

WATCH the ad below:

Watch the full ad here.

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NEW ADS: Why Won’t GOP House and Senate Candidates Stand Up To Scott Pruitt?

Today, American Bridge is launching a series of new digital ads that expose Republican House and Senate candidates’ failure to protect their constituents from Scott Pruitt’s corruption.

The ads will run on social media, targeting Florida Senate candidate Rick Scott, Nevada Senator Dean Heller, Pennsylvania Senate candidate Lou Barletta, Arizona Senate candidate Martha McSally, Ohio Senate candidate Jim Renacci, Congressman Tom MacArthur (NJ-03), and Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06). The 30-second video urges voters to call the lawmakers’ offices to demand they stand up to Scott Pruitt.

“In his brief tenure as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt has undertaken a relentless and unprecedented campaign of corruption,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Republican House and Senate candidates have refused to stand up to him — at the expense of millions in taxpayer dollars. Voters deserve to know why Republican candidates are standing with Swamp Creature Pruitt over their interests.”


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MEMO: Ron DeSantis has a Donald Trump problem

To: Interested parties
From: Bradley Beychok, American Bridge President
Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
RE: Ron DeSantis has a Donald Trump problem

The campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in Florida is a dumpster fire. Adam Putnam, long believed to be the front-runner, has turned in a remarkably weak performance, and Congressman Ron DeSantis increasingly looks like the new front-runner in the Republican primary. As a permanent fixture on FOX News, an entrenched member of the Tea Party, andTrump’s personally endorsed nominee, on paper, he looks like a GOP primary voter’s dream. The same profile that makes DeSantis a strong primary candidate, however, will be toxic in the general election, as demonstrated by historical trends, current polling, recent Democratic gains in the state, and the swing nature of Florida’s electorate. Recognizing this reality, American Bridge will undertake a campaign highlighting how DeSantis and Trump are perfect for each other but wrong for Florida – leveraging DeSantis’ weakness into victory for Democrats in November.

Trump is a Political Liability in 2018

Anyone who fails to recognize this […]

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QUICK CLIP: Rick Scott Refuses To Say He’d Campaign With Close Ally Trump

In an interview with NBC 6 in Miami yesterday, Gov. Rick Scott refused to answer whether he would welcome his close political ally and personal friend President Trump to campaign with him.

“Rick Scott endorsed Trump ahead of the Florida primary, has been advising the Trump administration on how to take away Floridians’ health care, and even started a super-PAC to support Trump’s agenda. Now that he’s running for U.S. Senate, just like a typical career politician Rick Scott is refusing to answer whether he’d welcome his ally’s political support. Yet again, Rick Scott makes the case for why Floridians just cannot trust him,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

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VIDEO: DeSantis Defends D’Souza, Wants to Keep Him as Headliner for Florida GOP Debate

Last week, the Republican Party of Florida announced that convicted felon and right-wing conspiracy theorist Dinesh D’Souza would headline an event that will also feature a debate between the Republican candidates for Florida Governor. D’Souza made national headlines earlier this year when he mocked survivors of the Parkland shooting.

Fox News Contributor and Donald Trump’s endorsed candidate for Governor Ron DeSantis initially tried to “no comment” his way out of the scandal. But in a rare appearance in the state of Florida last week, DeSantis was forced to give reporters an answer. Unsurprisingly, DeSantis stood up for D’Souza and said he would oppose disinviting him from the event. While his Republican opponent, special interest insider Adam Putnam, put out a statement criticizing D’Souza’s comments, Putnam has not canceled his appearance at the debate.

“It’s unfortunately not surprising that Ron DeSantis would defend a crackpot conspiracy […]

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QUICK CLIP: Rick Scott Broke His Property Tax Promise

Back in 2014, Rick Scott promised Floridians he would “prevent families’ property taxes from increasing year after year.” He failed to deliver — and Floridians have seen their property taxes rise while Rick Scott has given taxpayer handouts to wealthy corporations, instead.

Politifact: “We rate this promise broken. In his last legislative session, Governor Rick Scott did not push for an amendment to curb property tax increases nor did the legislature pursue the idea…With everything considered, we rated this promise broken.”

“Floridians know Rick Scott’s record as Florida governor is a legacy of corruption, big handouts for large corporations, and broken promises for Florida’s middle class. That’s why Floridians just don’t trust this governor — and why they won’t give him a promotion in November,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Watch Politifact slam Rick Scott’s broken promise on Orlando’s News 13:

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Putnam and DeSantis Should Demand Republican Party of Florida Uninvite D’Souza or Pull Out of Debate

The Republican Party of Florida announced this afternoon that Dinesh D’Souza will headline an event that will also feature a debate between the Republican candidates for Florida Governor. D’Souza is a right-wing extremist, convicted felon, and conspiracy theorist who mocked the survivors of the Parkland shooting earlier this year.

“Florida’s next Governor should stand with the victims of the Parkland shooting, not the bullies who taunted the survivors,” said American Bridge spokesperson Zach Hudson. “Dinesh D’Souza is a convicted felon who mocked kids who courageously advocated for safer schools. Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis should demand the Republican Party of Florida uninvite D’Souza or pull out of the debate. Anything less is an endorsement of his disgusting comments.”

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Senate Brief: GOP Primary Candidates Are Taking Off The Gloves Ahead of May’s Primaries

Week of Monday, April 30

IN BRIEF:  As the first GOP Senate primaries and conventions approach, Republican candidates are taking off the gloves and irreparably damaging their opponents.

In West Virginia, Republican candidates are tearing each other down, with Attorney General Patrick Morrisey attacking Rep. Evan Jenkins for switching parties, while Jenkins is hammering Morrisey as a New Jersey carpetbagger.

But don’t forget: before this primary, Morrisey, Jenkins, and disgraced coal baron Don Blankenship were thick as thieves, supporting one another’s causes.

In Wisconsin, a debate between Kevin Nicholson and state Sen. Leah Vukmir “turned caustic” as Vukmir questioned Nicholson’s conservative credentials and demanded an apology from Nicholson for his attacks against her. “We know more about Kevin’s track record as a Democrat than we do about his track record as a Republican,” Vukmir said.

This debate was hosted by American for Prosperity, so was supposed to be a risk-free zone for the candidates: […]

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