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 […]

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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 […]

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Hypocrisy Alert:  GOP Senate Hopefuls Cared *A Lot* About Classified Information Last Year

Back in 2016 and earlier, ambitious Republican politicians scored political points by feigning outrage over the handling of classified information. Now these Republicans are running for U.S. Senate — or are weighing campaigns — and what action are they taking about Donald Trump’s dangerous recklessness with classified intelligence?

Nothing.

(Or, if you’re Jeff Flake and Dean Heller, worse than nothing: excuses for doing nothing that give Trump a free pass).

Let’s turn back the clock and take a look at what Republican Senate hopefuls said about the mishandling of classified information…

Pennsylvania: Rep. Lou Barletta: “A crime”
Florida: Gov. Rick Scott: Spent $1 million on ads about classified emails
Indiana: Luke Messer: “Dishonesty and poor judgment”
Missouri: Rep. Ann Wagner: “Cannot be trusted
North Dakota: Rep. Kevin Cramer: “Appoint a special prosecutor to formally investigate”
Pennsylvania: […]

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American Bridge Targets GOP Senate Hopefuls With Google Search Ads on Trump and Russia

Following Trump’s Leak To Russians, Ads Will Pressure Republicans To Support An Independent Investigation

Republican members of Congress considering a run for Senate are hiding from voters and the press, refusing to confront Donald Trump’s reckless disclosure of classified information to Russian officials and his reckless firing of FBI Director James Comey. This week, American Bridge will be helping out their constituents with search ads on Google explaining how they can hold their Member of Congress accountable.

The ads will appear on Google when users search for information about Trump’s leak to the Russians and the firing of James Comey. The ads will direct voters to an American Bridge websitethat helps them hold their member of Congress accountable and call for an independent investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia.

The ads target Rep. Todd Rokita, Rep. Luke Messer, Rep. Ann Wagner, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Rep. Fred Upton, Rep. Lou Barletta, and Rep. Mike […]

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Congressman Luke Messer Suddenly  Discovers “The American Worker”

Today, career politician and Washington insider Rep. Luke Messer launches a “Task Force on the American Worker,” just in time to pad his resume before he runs for U.S. Senate.

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp made this statement in response:

“Congratulations to Congressman Messer for discovering that American workers need our support. Messer has almost nothing to show for five years in Washington, so it’s no surprise that on the eve of his U.S. Senate campaign he’s in damage control mode. After half a decade in Congress, Messer failed to sponsor a single bill that was signed into law, but he has politicked all the way to fifth in House Leadership. It’s clear where Congressman Messer’s priorities lie — and marketing gimmicks won’t fool anyone.”

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