Senate Brief: Trump’s Trade War is Damaging Republicans’ Senate Chances

Week of Monday, July 23

IN BRIEF: In battleground states across the country, Trump’s reckless trade war is slamming key midterm voters — and throwing a wrench into Republican Senate candidates’ chances.

In North Dakota, Rep. Kevin Cramer is increasingly choosing his political allies over his thousands of suffering constituents. Trump’s reckless tariffs “threaten the livelihoods of local farmers and the state’s small manufacturing sector.” A 25% price drop in soybeans — North Dakota’s #1 export — has spurred a fully fledged crisis.
In Indiana, Rep. Mike Braun has hewn closely to Trump’s reckless line on trade. But dozens of brutal headlines about the consequences of the trade war won’t go unnoticed as voters look for candidates who will stand up for their interests.
And in Missouri, Attorney General Josh Hawley has  Read more after the jump.

NEW: NJ-Sen Candidate Bob Hugin Called Admitting Women to His All-Male Princeton Eating Club “Politically Correct Fascism”

“Women got the right to vote in 1920 —  in 1991, Bob Hugin was still fighting to turn back the clock,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman “Hugin can laud women’s equality on the campaign trail all he wants, but in light of these comments and the months-long legal battle he waged in defense of sex discrimination, it comes off as little more than a ham-handed attempt to over-correct for his sexist beliefs.”

NJ.com: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Hugin fought to stop women from joining Princeton eating clubs
By Jonathan D. Salant | July 20, 2018

“Bob Hugin, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, fought efforts to open Princeton University’s famed all-male eating clubs to women, going so far as to call the ultimately successful attempt ‘politically correct fascism.’”
“Hugin opposed the efforts as president of one of the all-male eating clubs, theTiger Inn, a position he assumed after graduating from the university.”
“Undergraduate student Sally Frank, who had been denied membership, sued to open them in 1979 in a case […]

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Bob Hugin in College: If I Met a Gay Student, “He Wouldn’t Last Long”

As a student at Princeton in the 1970s, wealthy pharma executive Bob Hugin told the local Home News newspaper that “if a member of Tiger” — his all-male private student club — “was found to be gay, ‘he wouldn’t last long.’”

These shocking anti-LGBT remarks show Hugin and his friends are prepared to intimidate or commit violence against LGBT students. The Home News story makes clear that Hugin’s comment is even more appalling in context: earlier in the school year, eight students broke into a pro-LGBT rights’ student’s room “and smashed chairs and tipped over the dressers.”

This new revelation comes hours after NJ.com uncovered Hugin’s months-long legal battle to keep women out of Tiger, the all-male student club, when he was in his late 30’s.

“Bob Hugin can try to hide, but he can’t run from his bigoted, gay-bashing past. At a time when Princeton was taking steps to embrace LGBT rights, Hugin tried to marginalize gay students and […]

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NEW AD: Why Won’t Tom MacArthur Stand Up To Scott Pruitt?

Today, American Bridge is launching a new digital ad that exposes incumbent New Jersey Congressman Tom MacArthur’s (R-NJ) failure to protect his constituents from Scott Pruitt’s corruption.

The ad will run on social media in New Jersey, targeted to midterm voters. The 30-second video asks: “Why is Congressman Tom MacArthur afraid to fight for us?” and urges voters to call MacArthur’s Capitol Hill office to demand he stand up to Scott Pruitt.

Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, who led the EPA under President George W. Bush, has called for Pruitt to resign.

“Despite the unprecedented corruption that Scott Pruitt has been caught engaging in at the EPA, MacArthur is afraid to stand up to him – and New Jerseyans are paying the price for it,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “It’s time for MacArthur to put blind partisanship aside and put what’s right for New Jersey first.”

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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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BREAKING: MacArthur Votes To Raise Taxes On Middle Class Americans, Cut Medicare, And Sent Jobs Overseas  

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp released the following statement in response to Congressman Tom MacArthur voting to pass the Trump tax plan:

“Putting his party over what is best for New Jersey, Rep. Tom MacArthur just voted to raise taxes on 36 million middle class Americans — including 864,000 New Jersyans — 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 him 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 he would protect.

Raising Taxes on Middle […]

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ICYMI: Kim Guadagno’s 8-Year Partner In Crime Throws Her Under The Bus

For 8 years, Kim Guadagno and Chris Christie have been partners in crime — working closely together to earn the most credit downgrades of any gubernatorial administration in U.S. history. Just a few weeks ago, Guadagno reportedly told GOP donors that Christie has been a godsend to New Jersey while Christie himself “smiled as his protégé spoke.”

But now it sounds like Chris Christie has given up on Guadagno’s flailing campaign. Asked in an interview about Guadagno’s odds, Christie listed everything Guadagno has going against her. When asked if he thought that meant she would lose, Christie said: “I’m not saying that — I’m saying that’s what history tells us.”

Christie’s not the only one giving up on Guadagno’s campaign. Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball just changed the race rating to Safe Democratic, and a Quinnipiac Poll shows her trailing […]

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American Bridge Launches Digital Ad To Highlight Guadagno Calling Chris Christie A Godsend

Kim Guadagno finally told the truth: behind closed doors, she and Chris Christie form New Jersey’s least-electable mutual admiration society. According to a Politico report, Guadagno “heaped praise” on Christie at a Republican Governor Association event, saying people “just don’t understand what a great job he’s done” and calling him a “godsend.”

On Wednesday, American Bridge launched a digital ad campaign showing New Jersey voters what Guadagno really thinks of America’s least popular governor.

“Kim Guadagno is running for Chris Christie’s third term, and her comments on Tuesday should put an end to her sad, desperate attempts to pretend otherwise,” said American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price. “The real godsend for New Jersey will come the day Guadagno and Christie leave office — together.”

Politico: Guadagno praises Christie at RGA, despite keeping her distance at home
By Josh Dawsey and Ryan Hutchins | July 25, 2017

In New Jersey, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno keeps crawling away […]

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Guadagno gets defensive about “The Boss”

Kim Guadagno knows she has to do everything possible to keep her 26 percent from sliding any lower into Chris Christie territory.  Now Guadagno is playing defense on her disdain for Bruce Springsteen by tweeting out a picture of her and the boss.

Guadagno is out of step with the overwhelming majority of New Jersey, but it’s likely more than just her dislike of Thunder Road and Hungry Heart… and her unyielding support of her own boss, Chris Christie.  

Here are some more classic New Jersey favorites that Guadagno probably hates:

Bon Jovi

Taylor Ham/Pork Roll

Wawa

The Boardwalk

Bagels

Diners

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