Senate Brief: The First GOP Senate Primaries Happen Tomorrow. They’ve Been A Disaster For Republicans.

Week of Monday, May 7

IN BRIEF: Start your engines. The first Senate primaries of the year happen tomorrow, and they’ve been a disaster for Republicans. No matter who wins the primaries in West Virginia, Indiana, and Ohio tomorrow night, the winner has absorbed lasting damage that voters won’t forget.

In West Virginia, the contest labeled “America’s wildest Senate primary” hit a fever pitch with the candidates pulling no punches in their desperation to  tear each other down:

“Jenkins and Morrisey spent the final stretch of the race savaging each otherin debates and TV commercials,” a dynamic that has senior Republicans scared, Politico reported.
Meanwhile, in another episode of “Don Blankenship said What?!”: Blankenship’s latest racist ad that prompted headlines like, “The Worst Senate Candidate in America,” and “I’m All for Ragging on Mitch McConnell, But This Is Nuts.
On Sunday, Morrisey  Read more after the jump.

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: […]

Read more after the jump.

Reps. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer Have A Record Of Keeping Pay During Gov’t Shutdowns

The federal government shut down last night after the Republican-led Congress failed to pass a bill to fund the government — and federal workers and contractors across Indiana face the specter of missing paychecks. But Hoosiers already know what Congressmen Todd Rokita and Luke Messer will do: they’re going to keep their taxpayer-funded paychecks, no matter what.

In 2013, the last time their party caused a shutdown, Rokita and Messer took their pay even though many other members of Congress chose to forgo or donate theirs.

“Our federal government shut down last night and Republicans like Todd Rokita and Luke Messer, who control all the levers of power in Washington, are the reason why,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “Rokita and Messer work for the people of Indiana, and if they aren’t doing their jobs, they shouldn’t get paid. Hooisers deserve to know if their representatives will keep their hard-earned tax dollars while […]

Read more after the jump.

Messer & Rokita Help Congress Pass Sham Bill That Raises Taxes on Middle Class

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah released the following statement after Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita voted to pass the GOP tax scam that hurts the middle class:

“Luke Messer and Todd Rokita just sold out middle class Hoosiers to give big corporations and their wealthy campaign donors a Christmas gift. They helped pass this sham bill that will raise taxes on millions of middle class families, make health care more expensive, cut Medicare, and skyrocket our deficit, all to give the super-wealthy huge tax breaks. Put simply, it’s a complete betrayal of working Hoosiers, and they will hold Messer and Rokita accountable for breaking their promises.”

Read more after the jump.

BREAKING: Todd Rokita and Luke Messer vote to raise taxes on middle class Americans, cut Medicare, and send jobs overseas 

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp released the following statement in response to Rep Todd Rokita and Rep. Luke Messer’s votes to pass the House Republican tax plan:

“Putting their party over what is best for Hoosiers, Todd Rokita and Luke Messer just voted to raise taxes on 36 million middle class Americans — including 358,000 Hoosiers — cut Medicare by $25 billion, and outsource American jobs — all to cut taxes for the very rich and big business.  This is a disastrous plan that sells-out hardworking, average Americans who are counting on jobs and a better economic future. Voters deserve better, and they will hold these politicians accountable.”

Yesterday, American Bridge’s Bridge Project released a new digital ad running nationally on Facebook, “Trumps Tax Plan Sells You Out,” which highlights warnings that the Republican tax plan would break Donald Trump’s #1 promise and help […]

Read more after the jump.

Indiana GOP Primary Gets Uglier by the Day

“Rokita and Messer have already been sniping at each other for months and have turned the Indiana primary into a petty and divisive squabble between two career politicians who only care about themselves,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “Now, Republicans at the highest levels are getting dragged into the mudslinging in Indiana, and top GOP operatives are rightly worried how damaged their nominee will be next year, because this primary promises to only get nastier.”

IndyStar: Trump and Pence camps at odds over best choice for U.S.Senate: Messer or Rokita?
By Kaitlin Lange | July 27, 2017

Associates of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence appear to be at odds over the best candidate to run for a hotly-contested U.S. Senate seat in Indiana.

For months, multiple people close to Pence, along with his brother Greg Pence, have thrown their support to Rep. Luke Messer  as the Republican choice […]

Read more after the jump.

Messer and Rokita Will Still Have to Answer for the AHCA

The effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act — resulting in worse health care for hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers — might be collapsing in Congress, but back home in Indiana, Republicans hoping to run for U.S. Senate won’t be able to escape their record.

“Whether it’s Republicans’ latest health bill, or repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement, Todd Rokita and Luke Messer are stuck with their cruel plan to take away health care from millions — like gum stuck to a shoe,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “Despite the health care bill’s collapse in the Senate, they voted for it in the House, and championed numerous disastrous ACA repeal bills that all rip away coverage from Americans who desperately need it, and Hoosiers will hold them responsible.”

Both Luke Messer and Todd Rokita  voted for ACHA in the House, and have  Read more after the jump.

Republican Senate Hopefuls Will Still Have to Answer for Trumpcare

“Whether it’s Trumpcare or repealing the ACA without a replacement, GOP Senators and Senate hopefuls are stuck with their cruel plan to take away health care from millions—like gum stuck to a shoe,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Despite Trumpcare’s collapse, GOP leaders around the country have already supported Trumpcare, helped write Trumpcare, and championed numerous disastrous ACA repeal bills that all rip away coverage from Americans who desperately need it, and they’ll have to answer for that next November.”

Let’s play the tape…

Rep. Evan Jenkins voted for AHCA in the House, and has repeatedly voted for ACA repeals.

Rep. Luke Messer voted for ACHA in the House, and has repeatedly voted for ACA repeals.

Rep. Todd Rokita voted for ACHA in the House, and has Read more after the jump.

The Senate GOP is still struggling to recruit candidates. Their problem this time? Money.

“Republicans are struggling to get their top recruits for Senate to actually take the plunge — and no wonder. No politician wants to hitch their political fate to the Senate GOP’s devastating health care bill that is unpopular in every state in the country. They’d rather collect corporate campaign checks and hope things get better. Here’s news for Republican hopefuls: this is just the beginning of the horrible headlines you’ll be running against,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Roll Call: Why House Members Aren’t Rushing to Announce for Senate

By Simone Pathe | June 18, 2017

“It’s no secret that a handful of House members are mulling bids for the Senate next year,” but most “are in no rush to officially announce their Senate campaigns.”
“Sixteen months is a long time to face the barrage of attacks that comes with running statewide.”
“And in an uncertain political environment, candidates may […]

Read more after the jump.

GOP Senate Primaries Are Getting Nasty and Crowded

Two stories out this morning expose how weak Republican Senate candidate recruitment efforts are this cycle. Expensive, damaging primaries are starting to look inevitable as top-tier politicians stay on the sidelines and second-string candidates crowd the field.

Roll Call reports that devastating primary fights may be ahead in three must-win states for Senate Republicans as state attorneys general are weighing Senate bids.

In West Virginia, “the sparring is out in the open” with Rep. Evan Jenkins and A.G. Patrick Morrisey attacking each other almost daily.
In Missouri, “Some Republicans in Missouri are pushing Attorney General Josh Hawley to run for Senate” against GOP Rep. Ann Wagner, amid hand-wringing that Wagner’s long career as a D.C. insider may be a serious liability.
And in Indiana, Attorney General Curtis Hill is considering joining the nasty fray between Rep. Todd Rokita and Rep. Luke Messer. Hill, “who’s been peppering his Lincoln Day Dinner speeches with […]

Read more after the jump.