SENATE BRIEF: Republicans’ Weak Candidates (Yet Again) Underperform – GOP’s Blankenship Problem – Abysmal GOP Fundraising – Rick Scott Under Fire

Week of Monday, April 16

IN BRIEF: Their historically weak field of Senate candidates is costing Republicans cold hard cash — and that’s just the start of their problems. From oppo dumps to missed fundraising expectations to misleading (and often bizarre) rhetoric, Republican candidates across the country are proving that they’re just not ready for the bright spotlight of a U.S. Senate campaign. As fundraising numbers trickle in and primary dates approach, the news from the campaign trail is looking grim for Republicans:

WEST VIRGINIA: Republicans are so terrified convicted criminal Don Blankenship will steal the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, they have launched a secret group to try to stop Blankenship’s candidacy. Count on this group — which is closely tied to the Senate Leadership Fund — to pour millions into West Virginia ahead of the May 8 primary, wasting precious resources.
MONTANA: Two of the leading candidates in the contentious GOP primary,  Read more after the jump.

Arizona candidate calls for a border wall with California

“Sometimes Republicans say things that are so stupid that it’s difficult to put an appropriate response into words. This is one of those instances,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah. 


Watch a video of her calling for a wall between California and Arizona here.

 

Los Angeles Times: Arizona candidate jokingly (?) calls for a border wall with California

By Noah Bierman | March 20, 2018

“President Trump hosted a round-table at the White House Tuesday in which conservative politicians and law enforcement officials from around the country and the federal government took turns one-upping each other with disgust over California’s sanctuary city law.”
“But one elected leader bested them all. Rep. Martha McSally, an Arizona Republican, said Trump’s famous promise to build a wall with along the Mexican border should be extended — to protect her state from the liberals to the west.”
‘”As we look in Arizona, we […]

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Martha McSally Races to Right, Flip Flops on Dreamers

 American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp released the following statement regarding Rep. Martha McSally and President Trump’s State of the Union Speech earlier tonight:

“What the President has failed to do since day one is outline a real plan to protect Dreamers. Tonight’s speech was more of the same double-talk and chaos that’ll surely be contradicted by an early morning Twitter tantrum in the coming days. This isn’t going to cut it, yet Martha McSally continues to stand by while the Administration and Congress allow Arizona families to be ripped apart. Arizonans deserve better than the race to the extreme right happening in the dysfunctional Republican primary, and they won’t soon forget McSally’s cowardly flip-flopping.”

Read more after the jump.

American Bridge Releases Ads Hitting Vulnerable Republicans on Shutdown

American Bridge released new ads today hitting Republicans on the government shutdown they caused. The 15-second ads focus on the impact the shutdown could have on our country’s veterans, from delaying disability checks to hindering medical procedures.

The ads, which target Sen. Dean Heller in Nevada, Rep. Martha McSally in Arizona, and Rep. Steve Pearce in New Mexico, will target swing voters in each state on multiple social media platforms.


Watch the Heller ad here.

Watch the McSally ad here.

Watch the Pearce ad here.

“Republicans are in complete control of our government and they can’t hide from their responsibility for this dangerous shutdown that’s hurting the most vulnerable Americans, including our veterans,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “This shutdown is the direct result of the GOP’s infighting, their total inability to govern, and their insistence on funding an […]

Read more after the jump.

VIDEO: Martha McSally’s Announcement Day Flip-Flop on Trump’s Border Wall

With two Trump-backing candidates already in the race for Arizona Senate, Rep. Martha McSally spent her announcement day abandoning her previously held positions faster than Arizonans can say “career politician.”

In her announcement speech, McSally blatantly flip-flopped on her opposition to Donald Trump’s border wall.

“Arizonans saw everything they need to from Martha McSally today — a typical politician willing to say and do anything she thinks people want to hear. They’re quickly learning they can’t trust a word she says,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Watch Martha McSally change her position on Donald Trump’s signature campaign promise.

Read it to believe it…

McSally Town Hall, 2/23/17:
Q: “Do you support a border wall? Yes or no.”
McSally: Not a contiguous 2,000 mile border wall, no.”

McSally Announcement Speech, 1/12/18:
“On illegal immigration, strategy of control over our border by more agents, sensors, aerial assets, man and unmanned and every other effective means, […]

Read more after the jump.

Establishment Favorite Martha McSally is an Untrustworthy, Weak Candidate

To: Interested Parties
From: Bradley Beychok, President, American Bridge 21st Century
Date: 1/12/18

If Martha McSally is the best Senate Republicans can do in Arizona, they’re in for a tough 2018. McSally’s Senate bid faces the same hurricane-force headwinds that pushed Senator Jeff Flake into early retirement. Although she votes with Donald Trump 96 percent of the time, she’s been a vocal critic of him in the past. Trump allies don’t like her and even tried to scare her out of the race. And there are now two far-right, well-known GOP candidates in the race she’ll have to face in a primary.

On top of that, Democrats are well-equipped to hold McSally accountable. American Bridge has had staff on the ground in Arizona for 12 months and already has more than 120 hours of tracking footage of McSally and more than 700 pages of research.

Here are just a few of McSally’s […]

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McSally Helps Congress Pass Sham Bill That Raises Taxes on Middle Class

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah released the following statement after Rep. Martha McSally voted to pass the GOP tax scam that hurts the middle class:

“Martha McSally just sold out middle class Arizonans to give big corporations and her wealthy campaign donors a Christmas gift. She 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 Arizonans, and they will hold McSally accountable for breaking her promises.”

Read more after the jump.

Bull 💩 Alert: Before McSally Was Trump’s BFF,  She Was Anti-Trump

Rep. Martha McSally is trying to portray herself as best buddies with President Trump — a complete flip flop from her relationship with him in 2016.

What’s changed since then? Only her political ambition.

Now that McSally is planning a Senate bid against a Steve Bannon-backed, far-right candidate in the GOP primary, McSally has posted photos of herself with the president and Ivanka Trump to her social media, she’s added video of Trump praising her to her campaign YouTube account, and she’s tweeted about Trump four separate times. She’s even gone on Fox News to commend him.

But before she was campaigning for a promotion, McSally was a sharp Trump critic. She refused to endorse him in the 2016 election, said she “utterly disagreed” with his comments about NATO allies, and condemned him after the infamous Access Hollywood tape. And she didn’t […]

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BREAKING: McSally votes 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. Martha McSally’s vote to pass the House Republican tax plan:

“Putting her party over what is best for Arizonans, Rep. Martha McSally just voted to raise taxes on 36 million middle class Americans — including 426,000 Arizonans — 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 her 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 outsource American jobs he said […]

Read more after the jump.

NEW AD: McSally Refuses to Condemn Moore’s History of Sexual Assault

In the days since news broke that Alabama enate candidate Roy Moore sexually molested two teenage girls and made advances on three others between the ages of 16 and 18, Congresswoman Matha McSally has been shockingly silent.

A new ad from American Bridge holds McSally accountable for his cowardly silence, which enables a predator like Roy Moore to seek public office.The ad shows Arizonans that McSally has failed to even simply condemn Moore’s horrific actions.

“Martha McSally’s silence is a disgraceful and gutless response to the serious reports of Roy Moore’s sexual assault,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “By remaining silent, McSally is putting blind partisan loyalty first and enabling a sexual predator. Arizonans are going to hold Martha McSally accountable for the company she keeps — count on it.”

The digital ad is targeted at persuadable Arizona voters. As vulnerable Republicans around the country fail to speak out against Moore, American Bridge plans to replicate […]

Read more after the jump.