Failure of Leadership: Voters Will Hold GOP Senate Candidates Accountable For Backing Family Separations

Kevin Cramer Admits His Stand Will Hurt Him: “I Know It Perhaps Sounds Not Very Compassionate”

While a majority of Americans watched the news of family separations with horror, Republican Senate candidates — scared of antagonizing their pro-Trump base — have spent the week cheerleading for Trump’s indefensible policy.

Candidates have doubled down as Trump has continued lying — alternately blaming their Democratic opponents, liberals, and “laws” for a policy entirely of Trump’s own creation that cruelly separates migrant children from their parents.

“The sight of of children being torn away from their parents is so painful it transcends partisan politics. Republican Senate candidates who have failed to call out this kind of cruelty are going to face furious voters of all parties in November,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Here’s what some of them had to say:

Corey Stewart (R-VA): “I think that’s the right policy. Now, the fact is we do have to enforce […]

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McConnell Bails Out McSally’s Floundering Campaign

After a botched attempt to remake herself as an immigration hardliner, D.C. insiders are trying to makeover McSally’s image

Rep. Martha McSally has spent much of her Senate primary staving off attacks from her opponents that she’s too soft on immigration. In her desperation to win the primary, she’s committed herself to a new hardliner persona — even going so far as to scrub a video in which she praised DACA from her official pages. She won’t explain why she removed the video — and her office is perpetually unreachable.

McSally’s “virtually unrecognizable” flip-flopping is so egregious, Sen. Mitch McConnell and his allies are wading in in an attempt to rescue her campaign.

Politico writes:

“Allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dove into the middle of a major Senate race Thursday, airing ads to help remake Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) as a border […]

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CRICKETS: Martha McSally STILL Won’t Answer for Her DACA Flip-Flop

Rep. Martha McSally has endured weeks of bad press after she scrubbed her official accounts of a year-old video in which she endorsed a path to citizenship for DACA recipients — a position that doesn’t jibe with her new extremist views on immigration.

We went to Capitol Hill to ask McSally herself: “Why’d you take that video off your website?”

And McSally directed us to contact her team. But there’s just one problem: asked multiple times why the video was removed, McSally’s office has offered nothing but crickets:

CNN: “Representatives of McSally’s office and her Senate campaign did not respondto CNN’s multiple requests for comment.”
Arizona Republic: “McSally’s office did not respond to repeated requests for comment.”
The Hill: “McSally’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the 2017 video.”
Newsweek: “McSally’s office did not respond to a request for comment.”
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FLIP-FLOP: Martha McSally Scrubs Her Official Page of Evidence She Supported DACA

“Martha McSally’s taken her already blatant immigration flip-flop a step further — actually erasing evidence that she once supported a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “McSally’s political pandering is transparent and cynical. Even worse, in her rush to embrace a new right-wing persona to compete with her extreme primary opponents, McSally has harmed thousands of Dreamers.”

CNN: GOP Senate candidate Martha McSally’s office removes video of her praising DACA

By Nathan McDermott | June 7, 2018

Martha McSally “has removed from public view a video on YouTube of her defending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.”

“A press release from her office in June 2017, before her Senate bid, highlighted McSally’s questioning of then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly about immigration and border issues at a House committee hearing.”

“‘These children were brought here at no fault of their own. In Arizona, there are 57,000 of them,’ McSally said […]

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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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Martha McSally’s Missing Mortgage

“Martha McSally’s hypocrisy seemingly knows no end. Between her blatant flip-flop on DACA and her shoddy coverup of a mortgage that doesn’t seem to exist, McSally is making a powerful case to Arizonans that she can’t be trusted,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. 

ThinkProgress: Arizona Senate candidate kept talking about her mortgage. We can’t find it anywhere.
Josh Israel | May 15, 2018

Martha McSally “promised during her 2012 Congressional campaign that ‘truthfulness’ and ‘integrity’ would be ‘core values’ of her campaigns. But that truthfulness may not have applied to her required disclosure statements.”
“As a House candidate, McSally argued that the federal government should not take action to help underwater mortgage holders — even those who were victims of predatory lending and misleading terms — because she believed in ‘individual responsibility.’”
In 2012, McSally “noted that she could relate to those who owed more on their mortgages than the properties were even worth because […]

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Senate Brief: Wisconsin Republicans’ Race to the Bottom Reaches New Lows

Week of Monday, May 14

IN BRIEF: What the hell is going on in Wisconsin? Leah Vukmir officially received her party’s endorsement for U.S. Senate this weekend at the Wisconsin Republican Convention, but this primary is far from over — and both candidates are increasingly embroiled in controversies of their own making.

Losing the party’s endorsement must have been the cherry on top of a horrible week for Kevin Nicholson.

It was a landslide: Vukmir took the convention by 72%.
Grassroots Wisconsin Republicans rallied behind Vukmir, while “Nicholson remains powered by millions of dollars in spending from groups and individuals outside Wisconsin.”

Nicholson continues to face backlash on all sides after nearly two weeks of attacks against veterans, during which he’s refused to back down on questioning the “cognitive thought process” of veterans who vote for Democrats.

Here’s a handy highlight reel of Nicholson’s anti-veterans media […]

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

Today, American Bridge is launching a new digital ad that exposes Arizona Senate candidate Rep. Martha McSally’s (R-AZ) failure to protect her constituents from Scott Pruitt’s corruption.

The ad will run on social media in Arizona, targeted to midterm voters. The 30-second video asks: “Why is Congresswoman Martha McSally afraid to fight for us?” and urges voters to call McSally’s Capitol Hill office to demand she 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. “Martha McSally has refused to stand up to him — at the expense of millions in taxpayer dollars. Arizona voters deserve to know why McSally stands with Swamp Creature Pruitt over Arizonans.”

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.”


WATCH the ads below:

Why is Gov. […]

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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.