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.
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QUICK CLIP: Doug Ducey’s Gun Hypocrisy

Doug Ducey was threatened on social media in 2015 by a mentally ill man with an AR-15 — who was barred from buying a gun, but got one through a private exchange. Ducey was protected by taxpayer-funded bodyguards keeping him safe — but he’s failing to keep Arizonans safe from the same private sale loophole.

In the wake of the Parkland shooting, Doug Ducey has proposed a school safety plan that does nothing to prevent people from getting guns through private sales in Arizona.

Last year, Ducey even banned background checks on private sales, like the one used by a mentally ill man to threaten him, and according to 12 News Arizona’s Brahm Resnick, “Governor Ducey’s school safety plan wouldn’t do anything to change that.” According to former ATF agent David Chipman, the gun show loophole is “a gaping loophole that fully undermines the effectiveness of our gun laws.”

Doug Ducey may be safe from […]

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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.”

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Will Doug Ducey Continue to Stick With Trump Despite Mismanaging the Opioid Crisis?

A recent cavalcade of stories have reported on Trump’s mismanagement of Drug Policy – putting a 24 year-old whose only experience was working on Trump’s campaign in one of the most senior positions at the drug policy epidemic in the midst of a nation-wide opioid epidemic. Meanwhile, Gov. Ducey has been sitting on the sidelines of this crisis – and his silence speaks volumes.

In Arizona, opioid deaths have increased by 16.3% between 2015 and 2016, with heroin on the rise – from 11% of opioid deaths in 2007 to an astonishing 39% in 2016.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“As Arizona faces an alarming opioid epidemic that is only getting worse, Gov. Ducey has failed to stand up to Donald Trump’s mismanagement of the opioid crisis. Will he continue to stick […]

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