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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NEW VIDEO: Scott Wagner: Dishonest, Angry, Unhinged

After being caught on tape assaulting a tracker this week, State Sen. Scott Wagner repeatedly lied to get out of the mess, claiming that he was being pushed around and the tracker was in his face. From the original video, there’s only one person playing the role of the bully in those tapes, and it wasn’t the man behind the camera. And we’re still missing our memory card. Watch the video.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement: 

“Actions speak louder than words and Scott Wagner’s actions prove he’s an unhinged bully who isn’t fit for office. Scott Wagner, we know you’re angry, but we demand you return our stolen property immediately or we’ll press charges.”

[Watch American Bridge’s Video here]

 

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GOP MELTDOWN: GOP Frontrunner for PA Governor Assaults American Bridge Tracker

Things just keep getting worse for the Republican Party. Yesterday, the Republican frontrunner for governor (both in poll numbers and in fundraising) revealed just how unhinged he truly is when he assaulted an American Bridge tracker and stole his camera. As reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer, state Senator Wagner said, “You’re about to see your senator in action,” before approaching the tracker, a Pennsylvania resident, and taking his camera. Wagner then approached the tracker a second time and physically assaulted him.

[See video here and full footage below]

“If Scott Wagner can’t handle the pressure of the campaign trail, what makes him think he can handle leading the state of Pennsylvania?” said Lizzy Price, American Bridge spokeswoman. “Assault is not acceptable. Period. What’s his […]

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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…

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Kochs Spend Over $10 Million On Their Pennsylvania Senator

Senator Pat Toomey has voted with the Koch agenda 100% of the time this Congress.

In return, Charles and David Koch have used their network to drop over $10 million into the Pennsylvania Senate race on Toomey’s behalf.

The billionaire Kochs’ policy agenda is grounded in nothing but pure self-interest — they couldn’t care less about what’s best for Pennsylvania families.

So it’s telling that Pat Toomey has taken the Koch agenda and made it his own. And so long as Toomey keeps putting the Kochs first at the expense of Pennsylvania, Charles and David will spend whatever it takes to keep him in Washington.

Pennsylvanians deserve a senator who will put them first, and spineless Koch lackey Pat Toomey just doesn’t meet that description.

Background:

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AFP

In An Independent Expenditure Report Filing From November 3rd, Americans For Prosperity Reported Spending $2,540,644 On The Pennsylvania Senate Race. According to an FEC Schedule 5-E filing, Americans for […]

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Toomey’s Bank Wouldn’t Lend To Low-Income PA Families — But Toomey’s Plane Company Got A Loan

Pat Toomey’s bank wouldn’t loan money to low- and moderate-income Pennsylvania families — but it was happy to give Toomey a loan for his private airplane-leasing company.

Team Capital Bank — the bank Pat Toomey founded and owned — was profitable for Pat Toomey, even as he tried to repeal consumer protection regulations on the Banking Committee. But Team Capital hasn’t similarly been a positive for Pennsylvania families. Case in point: Team Capital used a controversial foreclosure tactic banned in a number of states to try to foreclose on at least 20 Pennsylvanians’ homes.

And that isn’t all, Team Capital also got in trouble with regulators when it from 2006 to 2009 “failed to lend to low-and moderate-income borrowers.”

Meanwhile, during that same period Team Capital gave Pat Toomey a loan worth between $100,001 To 250,000 for his private plane-leasing company.

Low- and middle-income families in Philadelphia weren’t able to secure loans from […]

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VoteVets and American Bridge Digital Ad Hits Pat Toomey’s Trump Cowardice

Philadelphia Veteran Criticizes Toomey’s Craven Refusal to Stand Up to Trump

VoteVets and American Bridge are today releasing a new 60-second digital ad highlighting Senator Pat Toomey’s cowardly refusal to disavow Donald Trump as his party’s nominee.

“Pat Toomey: Too Weak to Stand Up for Pennsylvania” features Dave Henderson of Philadelphia, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is concerned by Toomey’s craven lack of leadership in standing by Trump, who lacks the leadership, knowledge, and temperament to be commander in chief.

Statement from Hazel Diaz, Pennsylvania outreach coordinator for VoteVets and a Marine Corps veteran:
“Pat Toomey puts politics above all else. His gutless fear of standing up to Donald Trump, because it might cost him Trump voters, is no profile in courage. Unlike principled Republicans who have stood up to Trump, Pat Toomey appears all too ready to stand by and do nothing as Trump insults and endangers our troops. If […]

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Voters Already Rejected Republican Policies In Trump’s Speech

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement on Donald Trump’s GOP policy speech in Gettysburg, PA:

“Donald Trump must not have been paying attention to what he’s proposed over the last year because his Gettysburg speech only rehashes the old, tired Republican policies that voters are already rejecting. It can’t be more clear that Donald Trump and the Republican Party are one in the same — before, during, and after this election. Trump is simply putting a new bow on old Republican ideas from the very DC insiders he campaigns against — Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and Washington Republicans — that will hurt our middle class and working families.

“The only new policy Trump announced today is that he’s going to sue the women he sexually assaulted, something Ryan, McConnell, and Washington Republicans support as long as they blindly support him to be president.”

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Toomey Doesn’t Think Trump Has Done ANYTHING Disqualifying?

In a meeting with the PennLive Editorial board, Pat Toomey this morning effectively said he supports everything that Donald Trump has done and said.

Again: Toomey doesn’t think that Trump — a racist birther who brags about sexually assaulting women — has done anything disqualifying.

Watch here.

And that wasn’t all. Toomey also found time to lie about his support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership; which is quite simply untrue — he did.

Watch here.

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