Senate Brief: Mike Braun is Shamefully Silent on the Sexual Assault Scandal Rocking Indiana Politics

Week of Monday, July 9, 2018

IN BRIEF: Mike Braun is staying shamefully silent in the face of multiple accusations against Indiana’s Attorney General Curtis Hill of sexual assault and harassment. Numerous prominent Hoosier Republicans have called for his resignation, but despite the allegations, Mike Braun has remained conspicuously silent. To recap:

Attorney General Hill is facing an Indiana inspector general investigation after four women accused him of inappropriately touching them at an Indianapolis bar in March.
Gov. Eric Holcomb, House Speaker Brian Bosma, and Senate leader David Long — all Republicans — have called for Hill’s resignation.
But all the while, Rep. Mike Braun, the top Republican on Indiana’s ballot this year, has said nothing — showing voters that when push comes to shove, he’ll stand with his fellow political insiders rather than doing the right thing.  

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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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Lou Barletta’s Bad Week 1

Fresh off his primary win, Lou Barletta is bending over backward to alienate, bore, or confound every Republican in Pennsylvania. Check out some of the press coverage Barletta’s winning strategy has received in his first week as Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

Washington Examiner: Pennsylvania Republicans hit the panic button over Senate nominee Lou Barletta
Al Weaver & David M. Drucker | May 17, 2018

“Senior Republicans are sounding the alarm about Rep. Lou Barletta’s, R-Pa., struggling Senate campaign in Pennsylvania, fretting that his lackadaisical, disorganized effort will hand a third term to incumbent Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.”
“The congressman is taking fire from Republicans at home and in Washingtonwho worried that he is relying too much on the president to boost his flagging Senate bid.”
“Barletta has been a disappointing fundraiser and been too slow to ramp up a capable statewide campaign operation, his critics charge.”
“’The sense is, nobody knows what the fuck […]

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NEW ADS: Pennsylvania Primary Winners Barletta & Wagner Head Into General Tarnished by Opponent Attacks

Paul Mango: If Scott Wagner’s the nominee, “this election is going to be over before Memorial Day — not Labor Day — Memorial Day”

Today, immediately following the Pennsylvania Senate and gubernatorial primary elections, American Bridge released new digital ads targeting newly minted Republican Senate candidate Lou Barletta and gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner. The ads ask Pennsylvania voters – if their nominees’ fellow Republicans have so thoroughly denounced them, how can any Republican voter have confidence in their candidacies?

The 30-second ads will play this week on social media in Pennsylvania, targeted to Republican midterm voters.

American Bridge spokesperson Zach Hudson said, “While a primary defined by personal character attacks, violent assaults on trackers, and a race to the bottom on who is a bigger cheerleader for Donald Trump has finally come to an end, the bad news is just beginning for Lou Barletta and Scott Wagner. Even Republicans say Barletta and […]

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

Today, American Bridge is launching a new digital ad that exposes Pennsylvania Senate candidate Rep. Lou Barletta’s (R-PA) failure to protect his constituents from Scott Pruitt’s corruption.

The ad will run on social media in Pennsylvania, targeted to midterm voters. The 30-second video asks: “Why is Congressman Lou Barletta afraid to fight for us?” and urges voters to call Barletta’s Capitol Hill office to de

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

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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Why is Gov. […]

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Lou Barletta Trashes His Own Record On Crime

On the radio last week, Lou Barletta essentially trashed his own record on crime to defend his do-nothing policy on gun violence, saying making something illegal only helps criminals like drug dealers and makes their business “skyrocket.”

 

That’s right, on Sue Henry’s radio show, Lou Barletta undermined his entire career of bragging about tough-on-crime policies as Mayor of Hazelton.

 

“Rep. Barletta’s ridiculous defense for doing nothing to protect Pennsylvanians from gun violence is either completely disingenuous, or he had a brief bout with amnesia,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “If Barletta truly believed what he said, that means the tough-on-crime policies he promoted as mayor of Hazelton and loves to talk about only helped ‘gangs and drug dealers.’”

 

Listen to the full clip radio here.
Full transcript:

 

“It’s unfortunate, and nobody really wants to talk about this. But as a mayor I saw it. You know when we make something […]

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QUICK CLIP: Lou Barletta Doubles Down on Social Security and Medicare Cuts

Rep. Lou Barletta took to local radio this week to double down on his desire to cut Social Security and Medicare—lifelines that millions of Americans depend on and have paid into their whole lives–and balance the country’s debt on the backs of the middle class.

 

In an interview he did on on KDKA radio yesterday, Barletta said, “We need to look at entitlement packages and reform. They’re on auto pilot right now, where that’s really what’s driving our debt and they’ve been unwilling to have a discussion about that…”

 

Listen to the clip here.

 

“Entitlements,” of course is code for Social Security and Medicare, the hugely popular benefits that Americans have earned, and that middle class families and seniors depend on. They are also not the main cause of our national debt.

 

Meanwhile, a little more than a month ago, Barletta voted for huge tax giveaways to millionaires, billionaires and corporations that added $1.8 trillion to the country’s debt. 

 

“Lou […]

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Was Lou Barletta Illegally Raising Campaign Cash In a Government Building?​

​”Under fire from his own party for lackluster fundraising, ties to Holocaust deniers and defense of a sexual harasser, Rep. Lou Barletta is so desperate to fix his campaign, he’s ​making fundraising phone calls in in a Senate office building. Which, someone should probably tell him, would be illegal,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

​SHOT: ​“Republican officials in Pennsylvania are fretting that Rep. Lou Barletta’s anemic fundraising and strategic misfires are jeopardizing the party’s opportunity to pick off a winnable Senate seat.” – Washington Examiner

​CHASER: “SPOTTED — REP. LOU BARLETTA (R-PA.), who is running for Senate, was camped out in the Senate Chef this morning making phone calls and pouring over a spreadsheet.”– Politico

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Following Reports About His Connections to White Nationalists, Lou Barletta Attends Event with Other Notorious White Nationalists

The same day that reports surfaced that Pennsylvania Congressman and Senate candidate Lou Barletta had connections to holocaust deniers and anti-immigrant extremists, he attended a rally with known white nationalist, Jack Posobiec. Michael Cutler, who’s written for xenophobic publications and hosted other events with Barletta, was also a speaker at the event.

Posobiec is an alt-right conspiracy theorist who’s known for leading the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, among many other debunked theories. He was also one of the organizers of the Deploraball, and after the 2016 election, Posobiec was the mastermind behind a plan to smear anti-Trump protesters by planting a “rape Melania” sign at a rally.

Posobiec tweeted and livestreamed from the event, a pro-Barletta rally held by the Lehigh Valley Project 9/12 Tea Party Group.

“Instead of distancing himself from white nationalists, it looks like Lou Barletta is doubling down,”said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “From legitimizing publications […]

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