Senate Brief: Mike Braun is Shamefully Silent on the Sexual Assault Scandal Rocking Indiana Politics

Week of Monday, July 9, 2018

IN BRIEF: Mike Braun is staying shamefully silent in the face of multiple accusations against Indiana’s Attorney General Curtis Hill of sexual assault and harassment. Numerous prominent Hoosier Republicans have called for his resignation, but despite the allegations, Mike Braun has remained conspicuously silent. To recap:

Attorney General Hill is facing an Indiana inspector general investigation after four women accused him of inappropriately touching them at an Indianapolis bar in March.
Gov. Eric Holcomb, House Speaker Brian Bosma, and Senate leader David Long — all Republicans — have called for Hill’s resignation.
But all the while, Rep. Mike Braun, the top Republican on Indiana’s ballot this year, has said nothing — showing voters that when push comes to shove, he’ll stand with his fellow political insiders rather than doing the right thing.  

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GOP Senate Candidates Pick Trump’s Team in Trade War — Leaving Behind Their Voters

“Republicans’ blind loyalty to Trump is directly harming farmers, workers, and small businesses across the country, and they’re fooling themselves if they think voters aren’t taking note,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Siding with Trump at the expense of their states will cost each and every single one of these Republicans come November.”

Washington Post: The Finance 202: Republican candidates in key Senate races struggle with Trump tariffs
By Tory Newmyer | July 5, 2018

“The imminent trade war and its tariffs on everything from soybeans to pork threatens to emerge as a critical issue in Senate battlegroundraces the GOP needs to protect its majority this fall.”
“Nowhere is the squeeze between Trump and his trade policies more evident than in North Dakota…’We’re not starting a trade war, but we’ll finish it,’ Trump said last week at a rally in Fargo, as…Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), looked on. The next […]

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Senate Brief: GOP Senate Candidates Are (Almost) Nowhere To Be Found. What Are They Hiding?

Week of Monday, July 2

IN BRIEF: Recess? What recess? Rather than use the July 4th recess to campaign across their states, Republican Senate challengers are hiding from voters. While every Democratic Senate incumbent has held multiple town hall meetings this year, GOP Senate candidates’ schedules have been shockingly thin — and once again this recess, public events are practically nonexistent.

Over the next seven days, not a single top-tier Republican Senate candidate will be holding an in-person town hall or any public event at which citizens can ask questions.
In fact, Republican candidates across the country have only announced 5 events total over the coming week. GOP Senate candidates are hiding from voters — further evidence that they’re terrified of being confronted about their healthcare sabotage, their failed tax bill, or their brutal and botched immigration policies.
Republican candidates claim the newly open Supreme Court seat is a boost for their campaigns, but they’re even too scared to broach […]

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MEMO: Trump En Route to North Dakota to Try to Save Kevin Cramer’s Campaign

As the President makes his way to North Dakota tonight to campaign for himself Rep. Kevin Cramer, we’re sure Cramer has his fingers and toes crossed that the visit will give his floundering campaign a boost.

“Kevin Cramer is clearly in way over his head,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Trump’s visit tonight may net some headlines for Cramer, but once the cameras are gone, it’ll be back to the regularly scheduled programming of self-inflicted damage.”

This election cycle hasn’t been kind to Kevin Cramer. Let’s review:

From the start, Cramer was a backup choice for national Republicans, who practically begged him not to run, worried about his “penchant for controversial remarks.”
In fact, Cramer was only compelled to run by his financial benefactor, out-of-state billionaire Harold Hamm.
Cramer is being outraised by nearly 5 to 1.
…But he has a habit of using campaign funds to pay himself and his family.
Cramer has what […]

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QUICK CLIP: Kevin Cramer Thinks Those Cages Aren’t So Bad, And He Really Means It

Rep. Kevin Cramer spent yesterday on a talk-radio blitz defending the Trump administration’s policy of putting migrant children in caged detention centers.

He was roundly criticized for his insensitivity, but rather than apologize, Cramer doubled down– this time on national TV.

“You use the term ‘children in cages,’” said Cramer. “We’re not talking about children in cages. What we are talking about is children who’ve been brought across our borders illegally, through the entire country of Mexico, dangerous and in harm, and they’re put in a building — in buildings that have, in some cases, walls that are made of chain links so that it’s easier to observe and to protect them. But it’s the rhetoric that turns that into cages.” 

WATCH Cramer tell Fox Business that liberal rhetoric is to blame for migrant children in cages:

“How Kevin Cramer defines ‘cage’ doesn’t change the fact that […]

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Kevin Cramer and Corey Stewart Courted the Support of an Extreme Anti-LGBT Group

“The fact that Kevin Cramer and Corey Stewart courted the support of this group is disgraceful,”said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “National Republicans should disavow any candidate that chooses to associate himself with this group and its repugnant views.”

CNN: GOP Senate nominees Kevin Cramer, Corey Stewart sought support of extreme anti-gay group

By Andrew Kaczynski | June 14, 2018

“North Dakota’s Kevin Cramer and Virginia’s Corey Stewart, who both won the Republican nomination in their respective states on Tuesday, filled out a ‘Senate Candidate Survey’ for the group Public Advocate of the United States.”

“The survey asks eight questions about a candidate’s positions on LGBT issues, including whether a candidate would ‘oppose all efforts to make public restrooms and changing-rooms unsafe through so-called ‘Transgender Bathrooms’ legislation and regulations – which have the effect of encouraging and protecting pedophiles.’“

“Another question asks if the candidate agrees that public schools should be ‘prevented from brainwashing elementary school children […]

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“Under Fire,” “Unraveling,” “Whining”: Cramer’s General Election Day 1

Rep. Kevin Cramer has been North Dakota’s Republican Senate candidate for less than 24 hours — but instead of a victory lap after his win, he’s dealing with more self-inflicted bad headlines amidst his ongoing feud with the White House. Someone should tell Rep. Cramer: whining ≠ winning.

Here’s what North Dakotans are reading:

WDAZ: Commentary: Cramer campaign is under fire on all fronts
By Rob Port | June 12, 2018

Rep. Kevin Cramer has lately “seemed thin skinned…A feud has erupted between Cramer and the White House.”

White House Congressional liaison Marc Short “has it out for Cramer, and vice versa.”

“What voters see is Trump snubbing Cramer and his high-profile Senate race…Trump will be holding a rally in Duluth later this month, but not in North Dakota.”
Cramer is also facing drama within his base: “Jared Hendrix, a long time operative in North Dakota politics who is a member of Cramer’s campaign staff, has […]

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NOT SO NORTH DAKOTA NICE: This Primary Day, Here’s What Voters Are Reading About Kevin Cramer

“Amidst his deteriorating relationship with national Republicans and the White House, Kevin Cramer is airing his grievances left, right, and center,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “And desperate to explain away his miserable fundraising and low-energy campaign, Cramer has zeroed in on a new theory: women. This primary day, North Dakota voters are faced with sexism and whining — not exactly a winning combination.”

Washington Post: ‘It’s obscene’: GOP candidate seethes as Trump embraces Democratic senator

By Sean Sullivan | June 11

“President Trump is aggressively campaigning for Republican Senate candidates around the country and belittling their Democratic rivals, with one notable exception — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.”

“Trump’s affinity for Heitkamp, who got a shout-out and a handshake at a recent White House bill signing, has frustrated top Republicans..No one has felt it more acutely than GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer.”

“Upset, Cramer contacted White House Chief of Staff John […]

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LOCAL VOICES: GOP Senate Candidates Come Under Fire On Their Home Turf

Here’s what voters in North Dakota, Florida, Missouri, and Nevada are reading in the opinion pages about their Republican Senate candidates:

Bismarck, North Dakota farmer Krisanna Peterson writes: Kevin Cramer Lets Down Farmers

“I’m so disappointed that Kevin Cramer, who claims to represent his state’s farming community, is a member of” the right-wing Republican study committee.
“Growing up in a third generation farm family” the RSC’s 2019 budget “was downright frightening for me to read.”
“The committee proposed a massive cut to the farm bill’s crop insurance program, shifting the costs on to farmers who are already struggling to make a living.”
“How can we trust our lone vote in Congress to stand up for farmers when he’s joining up with such a dangerous, ideological committee?”
“Cramer already left us in the dust by cheering on a trade war that would harm our ag producers. Now, this looks like the final blow.”

Florida State Representative […]

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Senate Brief: Montana Republicans Pick From Self-Destructing Candidates Tomorrow

Week of Monday, June 4, 2018

IN BRIEF: Montana Republicans head to the polls tomorrow to choose between three abysmal candidates who have launched bitter attacks against each other.

Matt Rosendale, a Maryland real estate developer who has been dogged by attacks from his fellow Republicans and news reports that he claims to be a rancherbut never owned any cattle; that he signed two documents under penalty of perjury claiming to be a Maryland resident in 2015; and that he is backed by out-of-state special interests, not Montanans.
Troy Downing, a California millionaire who has only lived in Montana for three years and is in legal jeopardy for pretending to be a Montana resident to buy discounted resident hunting licenses. “Downing is facing seven misdemeanors for unlawful purchase of or applying for a resident license by a nonresident,” reports the  Read more after the jump.