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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Senate GOP Recruitment Stalls in Trump’s First 100 Days

“Potential GOP candidates…are afraid of walking into a buzz saw.” – Politico

Four months into the 2018 campaign for U.S. Senate, Senate Republicans have almost no recruitment successes and plenty of failures. Politico reports that potential candidates “are afraid of walking into a buzz saw” as Donald Trump’s popularity sinks to historic lows.

“The Senate GOP is failing to recruit quality candidates — or almost any candidates — and Republicans only have themselves to blame,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “From stripping 26 million Americans of health care to gutting environmental protections, the GOP agenda would hurt working families, especially those who Trump and Republicans claim they want to help. Small wonder Republican’s best candidates are taking a dive, rather than face the voters in 2018.”

Take a look at the headlines Senate Republicans are earning as they fail to find candidates willing hitch their wagon to Washington Republicans in 2018…

Politico:  Read more after the jump.

NEW REPORT: Blunt Took Over $2.5 Million From Companies That Outsourced Missouri Jobs

Senator Roy Blunt has taken more than $2.5 million in campaign contributions from companies that outsourced Missouri jobs. Blunt regularly calls himself a jobs champion — but the only jobs he’s helping create are ones in Mexico, China, and India.

According to a new report by American Bridge, Blunt received donations from companies that sent more than 5,300 Missouri jobs overseas, supporting policies that hurt American workers and even veterans.

From the report:

Companies that outsourced at least 5,348 Missouri jobs contributed $2,532,814 to Blunt’s campaigns and PACs. Many of the jobs for which was data were available went to Mexico, China, and India.
Blunt voted against studying the effects of outsourcing and voted repeatedly to protect companies that moved overseas in order to avoid paying taxes in the United States.
Blunt has also voted against denying tax benefits to companies that moved their money overseas, effectively incentivizing offshoring. By doing so, […]

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Roy Blunt’s Silence Is Disqualifying

Senator Roy Blunt’s silence in the face of Donald Trump boasting about how he sexually assaults women is disqualifying. The person Blunt supports to be our commander in chief has called Mexicans rapists, attacked our servicemen and women, berated the parents of a soldier killed in Iraq, and much more.

Need more proof that Roy Blunt is only looking out for himself? Now we have tape of Trump saying that he sexually assaults women — in profane and graphic detail that is beneath any person, much less someone who aspires to be president of the United States.

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler issued the following statement on Blunt’s refusal to revoke his support for Trump:

“Today, Roy Blunt has proven that he supports everything that Donald Trump embodies — crude sexism that harms women and is a danger to those around him. Blunt’s decision to stand with Donald Trump — after knowing all […]

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Roy Blunt Too Busy Vacationing To Respond To Global Health Crisis

Senator Roy Blunt is at home in Missouri for recess, and he’s not letting anything get in the way of his vacation time. Before leaving for recess. the Senate GOP majority again refused to do their job and pass a funding bill to fight the spread of the Zika virus. With nearly a dozen cases of the Zika virus confirmed to be contracted in the United States, and a CDC travel advisory in Southern Florida, the crisis is only growing.

But yesterday when Blunt was asked about returning to D.C. for a special session to pass a funding bill, he made clear that recess takes priority over fighting the spread of a global health crisis. Read more below:

KMOX: Blunt Resists Special Session For Zika

In the midst of a cross-state bus tour seeking re-election, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says he hasn’t forgotten the Zika crisis, but he’s against going back to […]

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New Digital Ads Highlights Senate GOP’s Unwavering Support For Trump

American Bridge is releasing a new digital ad campaign highlighting vulnerable GOP senate candidates’ unwavering support for Donald Trump, even after he lashed out at a Gold Star Family, the Khans.

From American Bridge President Jessica Mackler:

“Republican senators and senate candidates can’t have it both ways: supporting Donald Trump for the presidency means backing his offensive and un-American attacks on the Khan family.  Senators Toomey, Burr, Blunt, Rubio, Johnson, Portman, and Congressman Joe Heck have deserted common decency in favor of the Party of Trump. Their cowardice knows no bounds and they are divorced from reality if they believe that the American voters won’t see through the facade in November.”

Watch the ads:

Marco Rubio

FB: https://www.facebook.com/156994304362574/posts/1130390877022907
IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIp8qfgAzOk/

Ron Johnson

FB: https://www.facebook.com/156994304362574/posts/1130380953690566
IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIp7QYvABWi/

Pat Toomey

FB: https://www.facebook.com/156994304362574/posts/1130393293689332
IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIp9Kf3AO_z/

Rob Portman

FB: https://www.facebook.com/156994304362574/posts/1130384207023574
IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIp76YaA6VQ/

Roy Blunt

FB: https://www.facebook.com/156994304362574/posts/1130362317025763
IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIp3l73A5y5/

Richard Burr

FB: https://www.facebook.com/156994304362574/posts/1130365647025430
IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIp4Um4Arzj/

Joe Heck

FB: https://www.facebook.com/156994304362574/posts/1130378133690848
IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIp6khlgZ4y/

 

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The Worst Kind Of Deja Vu: GOP Senators Reject Common Sense Gun Safety Bills

Today, the following GOP senators voted against legislation that would help prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing guns:

Roy Blunt, Missouri
John Boozman, Arkansas
Richard Burr, North Carolina
Chuck Grassley, Iowa
Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
John McCain, Arizona
Rand Paul, Kentucky
Rob Portman, Ohio

Marco Rubio, Florida

Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania

These GOP senators also voted against closing the background check loophole for guns bought online and at gun shows:

Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire
Roy Blunt, Missouri
John Boozman, Arkansas
Richard Burr, North Carolina
Chuck Grassley, Iowa
Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
John McCain, Arizona
Rand Paul, Kentucky
Rob Portman, Ohio

Marco Rubio, Florida

Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania

“These are common sense measures, but Senate Republicans refuse to take action against gun violence,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “Instead of supporting legislation that could make real change, GOP leaders introduced sham legislation that will do little to prevent another mass shooting and will still make it possible for suspected terrorists to get their hands on guns. The GOP should be ashamed that they continue to cower and risk Americans’ safety rather […]

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Hey, Senator Roy Blunt, it’s not that hard…

If the highest ranking elected Republican in the United States can do it, why can’t Senator Roy Blunt? Today, Speaker Paul Ryan rebuffed Donald Trump as the GOP nominee.

“While it remains to be seen if the speaker will join the droves of #EventuallyTrump Republicans, Ryan made one thing clear: it’s not that hard to denounce Donald Trump,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “Senator Roy Blunt should join Ryan in recognizing Trump for what he really is: a xenophobic bigot whose policies put our democracy — and the senator’s re-election — in jeopardy.”

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