Skip to comments.Republican "Main Street Advocacy" Attacks Conservative Groups
Posted on 11/12/2013 11:42:27 AM PST by SoConPubbie
Main Street Advocacy, an organization created expressly to fight limited-government groups who challenge Republican Party officials, launched its first advertisement on November 6.
The reason that Harry Reid and the Democrats control the U.S. Senate is thanks to the efforts of the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and the Tea Party, Main Street Advocacy President Steve LaTourette said in the release for a video containing brief clips from Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin, and Christine ODonnell.
Focusing on a few embarrassing losses while ignoring the success of Sen. Ted Cruz and many others, Main Street Advocacys message is clear: only Republican leadership should have the power to choose who runs for national office as a Republican.
LaTourette a DC lobbyist and former congressman from northeastern Ohio is also the current president of Republican Main Street Partnership and heads Defending Main Street, Main Street Advocacys sister political action committee.
When candidates backed by the Republican National Committee (RNC), National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), or National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) lose, allies like LaTourette offer explanations ranging from funding, to messaging, to technology problems, to the overall political climate.
When a more conservative candidate loses after being backed by independent right-of-center groups, however, RNC, NRSC, and NRCC eagerly blame the organizations who supported him or her.
Although the reverse is certainly true in terms of fingers pointed at the Republican establishment when its chosen candidates lose, the sense of victimhood expressed by LaTourette is bizarre.
According to LaTourette, Main Street Advocacy and Defending Main Street exist because the mammoth RNC, NRSC, and NRCC need help blocking threats against their power.
Defending Main Streets plan to spend $8 million in 2014 primary races is a baby step that were beginning with to try to level the playing field, the former 18-year congressman told The Washington Post in July.
In a September 20 Washington Post op-ed, LaTourette slammed FreedomWorks and Club for Growth as organizations that have made a lucrative business out of Washingtons dysfunction.
No amount of polling will convince those who are content with pandering to the base that what they are doing is damaging the party, LaTourette sneered in an October 15 Newsweek column on the partial shutdown of the federal government.
For the first time, there will be a group representing the governing wing of the Republican Party that will not only defend itself, but also push back, LaTourette said in Main Street Advocacys November 6 release.
In the July 31, 2012 speech on the House floor where he announced his resignation from Congress, LaTourette decried the refusal of conservatives to support bloated farm and highway spending bills.
Were talking about building roads and bridges for Christs sake. Were not talking about big Democratic and Republican initiatives, LaTourette said.
Since leaving Congress and becoming a lobbyist, LaTourette has been on the front lines attacking conservatives who reject the Republican Partys standard go-along-to-get-along approach.
We want our party back, LaTourette said last week at a New York City fundraiser covered by The New York Times.
Shortly before announcing his resignation last year, LaTourette cosponsored a compromise budget that would have increased taxes. The congressman did not take kindly to conservative opposition to his proposal.
Were asking that members tonight stand up, that they stand up to the bloodsuckers in this town who take 5, 10, 15, 25 dollars from our constituents to pretend to defend causes on their behalf,LaTourette said in a speech on the House floor.
LaTourette claims to speak for the centrist or moderate wing of the Republican Party, but his voting record pegs him among the partys leftmost members.
LaTourettes lifetime score from FreedomWorks is 54 percent; he scored 32 percent in 2012.
LaTourettes 2012 Heritage Action score of 35 percent was lower than every other Republican except Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, the senators from Maine. Sen. Snowe is helping Defending Main Street with fundraising.
Of all Republicans, only New Hampshire Congressman Charles Bass and Illinois Congressman Bob Dold had lower Club for Growth ratings than the 45 percent LaTourette earned in 2012. LaTourettes highest Club for Growth score was 69 percent in 2010, and his lowest was 18 percent in 2007.
Along with Rep. David Joyce, LaTourettes hand-picked replacement for his former district, Rep. Dold is one of the six candidates Main Street Advocacy has already endorsed for 2014.
This story was originally published at Media Trackers.
The Tea Party has values.
The GOP has interests.
Washington functions far too well at racheting up the debt and racheting down our freedoms.
I am for a little less function in those areas, just myself.
“Main Street Advocacy”, funded by Wall Street insiders.
So, who needs GOP control of the Senate if they are nothing more than the go-slow wing of The Party of Government.
‘Rat Statists or RINO Statists. What’s the point?
Good. Normally their political money goes to democrats. Let them waste some of it on this junk.
Instead of blowing Obamacare out of the water while they have a chance, the Republican Establishment attacks its base. How unbelievably stupid.
Rats and RINOS belong together. Not a dime’s worth of policy differences between them.
The Madoff wing of the party wakes up.
rump buddies of the left
All of them Shiftkeyless!
Main Street Advocacy.
Making note here. It’s good to know who our enemies are.
SENATOR SUSAN COLLINS
SENATOR MARK KIRK
SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN
CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN BROOKS
CONGRESSMAN LARRY BUCSHON
CONGRESSMAN KEN CALVERT
CONGRESSMAN DAVE CAMP
CONGRESSWOMAN SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO
CONGRESSMAN CHRIS COLLINS
CONGRESSMAN PAUL COOK
CONGRESSMAN RODNEY DAVIS
CONGRESSMAN JEFF DENHAM
CONGRESSMAN CHARLIE DENT
CONGRESSMAN MARIO DIAZ-BALART
CONGRESSMAN SEAN DUFFY
CONGRESSMAN MIKE FITZPATRICK
CONGRESSMAN JEFF FORTENBERRY
CONGRESSMAN RODNEY FRELINGHUYSEN
CONGRESSMAN JIM GERLACH
CONGRESSMAN CHRIS GIBSON
CONGRESSMAN MICHAEL GRIMM
CONGRESSMAN RICHARD HANNA
CONGRESSWOMAN JAIME HERRERA BEUTLER
CONGRESSWOMAN LYNN JENKINS
CONGRESSMAN BILL JOHNSON
CONGRESSMAN DAVID JOYCE
CONGRESSMAN MIKE KELLY
CONGRESSMAN PETER KING
CONGRESSMAN ADAM KINZINGER
CONGRESSMAN LEONARD LANCE
CONGRESSMAN TOM LATHAM
CONGRESSMAN FRANK LOBIONDO
CONGRESSMAN DAVID MCKINLEY
CONGRESSWOMAN CATHY MCMORRIS RODGERS
CONGRESSMAN PAT MEEHAN
CONGRESSMAN TIMOTHY MURPHY
CONGRESSMAN ERIK PAULSEN
CONGRESSMAN THOMAS PETRI
CONGRESSMAN TOM W. REED
CONGRESSMAN DAVID REICHERT
CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI
CONGRESSMAN SCOTT RIGELL
CONGRESSMAN JON RUNYAN
CONGRESSMAN AARON SCHOCK
CONGRESSMAN MIKE SIMPSON
CONGRESSMAN STEVE STIVERS
CONGRESSMAN LEE TERRY
CONGRESSMAN PAT TIBERI
CONGRESSMAN MICHAEL TURNER
CONGRESSMAN FRED UPTON
CONGRESSMAN DAVID VALADAO
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN
CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD
CONGRESSMAN FRANK WOLF
CONGRESSMAN TODD YOUNG
If my congressperson was on here, I’d sty home next November.
I am sad to see couple on here who I supported previously. One in particular is a surprise.
Thou art lukewarm and I vomit you out of my mouth.
Thou art entrenched in the gutters of the capital and wed to the spoils of your office.
“Let his days be few; and let another take his office.” Psalms 109:8
Ive posted this around the net a number of times and do so again inasmuch as THIS is a constantly recurring problem and some may not grasp how widespread it is. And now that the RNC has OPENLY declared war on the Tea Party, it should be clear to all why I have for a few decades cautioned my many friends to NOT SEND THE RNC A NICKLE.
Over the years when, to steal a line from Billy Joel, I wore a younger mans clothes I was involved with several pretty solid conservative candidates for Congress. One was a Democrat (Lawrence Patton McDonald) because that was the only way he could win in that district. Those old-timers who know Larrys record will tell you that he was a solid an anti-communist America Firster and more Republican than the Pubbies in nearby districts at the time. (His mothers cousin was General George Patton from whom he got the middle name and his incredible resolve and love of this country.) How ironic that he, like General Patton, was also assassinated by the communists they both despised. It was my honor to introduce Larry at his last public speech in the district before that ill-fated KAL007 flight!
Those other candidates ran as Republicans and each had to pass my rigid litmus test or I went looking for someone who did. For that reason, I hooked up with what the TRADITIONAL country club Pubbie establishment types believed were too radical for their refined tastes. I served as treasurer for several and in other capacities for more.
As those campaigns began to unfold and it became clear to the country clubbers that these guys 1) had a shot and 2) were pretty independent thinkers who would be hard to keep on the reservation once they got sworn in, the local Pubbies communicated that information to the Republican National HQ types who rather quickly sent in campaign professionals ostensibly to lock up the impending victory.
Instead, in nearly every case to which I was privy, these professionals proceeded to TORPEDO our guys campaign in subtle but effective ways.
From that experience I can tell you that the Pubbies at the HQ in D.C. would rather have a Democrat win a given district than have a pubbie up there who would embarrass them by refusing to follow the party line.
If YOU become involved in campaigns for solidly conservative, America and Constitution loving, hard-nosed, independent thinking candidates in 2014 and beyond and I pray many of you do — please DO NOT trust any of those folks from GOP HQ in Washington. If they want to send you no-strings cash for your campaign, take it. If, however, they suggest sending in one of their professionals, tell them to fuggetaboutit.
They ARE WHO GOT US INTO THIS MESS AND THEY ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS!!!!
“The common and continual mischief of the spirit of Party is
sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to
discourage and restrain it.” G. Washington
(BTW, My genealogical research informs me that my 5th great-grandfather, one John Carpenter, was one of George Washingtons Virginia neighbors and fought with GW in the French and Indian War and the Revolution. Prior to that, John traveled with GW during his survey of the Northwest Territories.)
This will be another painful test for the GOPe.
NOPe to GOPe
He needs to go get a room with Debbie Vassermann Sgt. Schultz.
It doesn't get much more Through the Looking Glass than this.
These pansies sure can get nasty when the peasants refuse to sniff their thrones.
I hope they're having night terrors.
How to add DOPe, ROPe, HOPe, COPe, etc. ?
Rational conservatives group halts campaign in Montana (2010 Flashback)
A Washington, D.C.-based Republican group promoting rational conservatives in contested Montana Republican legislative primaries has decided to halt its ad campaign, after questions were raised about its financial disclosure.
The group, Main Street Advocacy, bought radio ads and mailed campaign-style flyers in a dozen contested Republican legislative primaries earlier this month.
More like K Street Advocacy. What a rotten bunch of beltway prostitutes.
Did you guys read what he said?!?!
“... content with pandering to the base ...”
PANDERING TO THE BASE?????!
WTH??? - that used to be called LISTENING to your base or REPRESENTING your party and constituents. It means doing what you were elected to do.
The sheer unmitigated GALL of these people is just unbelievable!
Your party’s establishment never had any intention of actually stopping obamacare. The insurance companies who bribe them and the dems aren’t paying those bribes to get rid of a law that funnels billions in subsidies to them and forces everyone to buy their product at gun point for whatever price they want to charge.
This guy doesn’t represent the GOP outside of Washington DC. Wouldn’t be grand if the GOP focused on attacking Democrats and big dysfunctional government. People like this guy are the problem. It keeps the GOP message from being clear and in stark contrast to the progressive left. If he wants to be a Democrat be a Democrat. Go stand arm and arm with the ladies dressed as pink vaginas. I suppose that is one of my biggest beefs with so called “moderates”. The progressive left is filled to the brim with extremist freakazoids who want to do everything from take your guns, control the size of your family, the size of your income, the size of your energy consumption, all the way to controlling the size of your slurpees! When they start attacking the likes of Nancy Pelosi as much as the Christine O’Donnell’s then maybe they could be taken seriously otherwise these guys should be seen as the enemy within. They are infiltrators trying to destroy the GOP or weaken it to the point that it is meaningless.
That is literally the case in Minnesota. And every other caucus state.
Well, there U go.
Mr. I know more about what light blubs you should buy than YOU!
Who did not expect this really?
There, fixed it for the GOP-E ruling class, so they didn't have to do any work themselves.
Main Street Republicans don’t want Conservative votes? Ok, try to win without that!
Main Street Advocacy, an organization created expressly to fight limited-government groups who challenge Republican Party officials [i.e. NOT 0bamacare] Main Street Advocacy President Steve LaTourette, a DC lobbyist and former congressman from northeastern Ohio, who has a lifetime score from FreedomWorks of 54 percent; he scored 32 percent in 2012.
LaTourettes 2012 Heritage Action score of 35 percent was lower than every other Republican except Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, the senators from Maine.
It's even more of an idiotic strategery now that the base has observed the abject failure of the GOPe over the last 16 years and has come to a "no mas" for future support of RINO candidates.
The base has been swept away.
Steve LaTourette’s got his head up his @$$ again. Wait - it’s November, so it’s Karl’s turn.
Either way don’t you find it hard to breathe Steven?
REPUBLICAN MAIN STREET PARTNERSHIP
325 7th Street, N.W., Suite 610 | Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 393-4353 | Fax: (202) 393-4354
Interesting given that my current opinion is that I'd rather elect a 'Rat then allow a RINO continued "leadership" in DC.
(Rather a moot point in my case as my last RINO critter is long gone and now I'm represented by total commies or at least National Socialists.)
Main Street taking money from SEIU...as mentioned in an earlier article. This group is a Democrat front group
Want it or not, we are now a third party.
Yep, this nails it.
Mouse gonads to fight Democrat Marxist/socialists, but brass balls to fight me. Bastards.
Republican Main Street Partnership Expenditures
Rank Vendor/Recipient Total Expenditures
1 Ritz Carlton $100,621
2 Chamberlain, Sarah $35,000
3 Capitol Hill Club $21,561
4 US Airways $17,504
5 Gilbert & Wolfand $15,924
6 National Republican Congressional Cmte $15,000
7 Boehner for Speaker FOJB-NRCC $10,000
7 Shelley Moore Capito For Congress $10,000
9 United Airlines $8,320
10 Summer Beach Realty Resort $7,758
“Instead of blowing Obamacare out of the water while they have a chance, the Republican Establishment attacks its base. How unbelievably stupid.”
It’s only stupid if you assume the gop is an opposition political party. If on the other hand you assume that the gop is merely as a sort of trojan horse against conservatives, then it’s not stupid at all. Pretty astute move if you look at it in that light.
How nice of them to provide us a primary list.
“...it should be clear to all why I have for a few decades cautioned my many friends to NOT SEND THE RNC A NICKEL.”
Well it is clear, but it won’t matter much. The dimes and nickels the gop faction of the uniparty receives from conservatives pales in comparison to the millions they receive from their political cronies. Sad to say, our money doesn’t amount to enough for them to care.
“NOPe to GOPe”
The gop faction of the uniparty relies on a time tested formula: be liberal, but slightly more conservative than their opponent. Then they simply challenge us with’...so what are ya gonna do, vote for the ‘rat?’ And we’re pretty much stuck because conservatives don’t tend to vote strategically. Sometimes the moonbat in the short term is less of a threat to us than the republican who can never quite get around to supporting conservative issues.
“Your partys establishment never had any intention of actually stopping obamacare. The insurance companies who bribe them and the dems arent paying those bribes to get rid of a law that funnels billions in subsidies to them and forces everyone to buy their product at gun point for whatever price they want to charge.”
“This group is a Democrat front group.”
What’s the difference between that and a gop front group?