Republican conservatives all over the country are in a tizzy over a fundraising email they received from the Republican National Committee. “Did you abandon the Republican Party?” it asked.
"Chairman Priebus has written to you already this year asking you to contribute to the RNC and renew your membership. But we haven’t received your financial support yet this year," read the message. "Your past support has shown us that you believe in the Republican Party and the conservative principles we stand for. That’s why we still believe you haven’t given up on the Republican Party yet."
"Dumb email vendor and dumb writing," wrote RNC committeeman Steve Duprey.
"Did I abandon the RNC? Really?" asked campaign consultant Mike Biundo. “Yes Reince, how did you guess?”
"Hey Reince, screw you and the horse you rode in on," responded former House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt. “I’ve given my blood, sweat and tears to the Republican Party and I’ve won more elections than you have. How much longer until we can ‘abandon’ you?” he asked.
Update: When this story was originally published, Mr. Fraser’s first response was not displayed on Patch, which made it appear that he had refused to answer the question. In fairness to Mr. Fraser, a candidate for the state House in Strafford District 17, I’ve updated the story to include the complete discussion:
Tom: Are you a member of the Free State Project?
Joe Fraser: No, I am a NH native.
Tom: OK, do you support the Free State Project, NH Liberty and/or a Libertarian takeover of New Hampshire?
Joe Fraser: Tom, what is this fixation? I am running to represent the citizens of my district. My principles are clear and can be found in this announcement as well as my website and my various letters to the editor in Fosters. Responsible budgeting, limited taxes, returning the NH Advantage to businesses, local control of education and parental control of school choice. Those are American principles. If you want to debate any of them have at it.
Tom: A simple question which you apparently have a problem answering with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Your reply is certainly revealing, though. I was raised in a very conservative household but, above all, taught to examine, research and think about everything. My father always said that any salesman (including politicians) who ducks answering simple questions is trying to hide their product’s flaws. Thank you for informing me that you are such a salesman - your ‘principles’ mean nothing without the currency of honesty.
Gun Rights Across America, a Texas-based corporation that claims to be the nation’s “premier 100% grassroots and volunteer” gun rights organization, has endorsed four candidates for the New Hampshire House.
Harrison DeBree (R-Dover), Joe Fraser (R-Somersworth), Phillip Harris (R-Manchester) and Mike Lorrey (R-Enfield) received the endorsements, which were announced on the New Hampshire chapter’s Facebook page. None of the candidates currently hold public office though all have been outspoken in their support for dismantling the state’s gun safety laws.
Lorrey, who claims to have helped organize the Free State Project, responded by announcing his legislative agenda. “[H]aving been endorsed by GRAA,” he wrote on Facebook, “I intend to sponsor Constitutional Carry legislation, as well as legislation to protect shooting clubs from local government intrusion better, and state nullification of the NFA of 1934.”
The National Forearms Act of 1934, which Lorrey seeks to nullify, restricts the ownership and sales of fully-automatic machine guns, grenades and other specialized weapons.
GRAA is led by Eric Reed, an airline captain who founded the group in response to the Newtown school shootings. “As Eric listened to Obama calling for more gun control while those poor children hadn’t even been properly removed from the crime scene,” the GRAA website explains, “it ignited a fire deep in his soul that he didn’t even realize existed.”
That — and the meme Reed recently tweeted showing a woman dropping her panties for a “Glock guy” — typifies the group’s sensibilities.
The latest Granite State Poll included the observation that congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia (and her Republican opponents) “struggle with name recognition.” The invitation for a Garcia campaign event hosted by the Coos County Republican Committee, in which her name is misspelled, makes that abundantly clear.
Two dozen Tea Party demonstrators gathered in Rochester last week to protest the wave of unaccompanied children who are entering the country from Central America. The protesters, who waved signs on the Spaulding Turnpike Exit 15 overpass, were led by Jerry DeLemus and his sidekick Billy Baer.
DeLemus, you may remember, commanded the armed militia at the Bundy ranch before returning home to run for Strafford County sheriff. Baer earned his 15 minutes of fame when he was arrested for disrupting a school board meeting over a reading assignment he deemed “pornographic.”
The two spent a few minutes with Jason Margolis, reporter for PRI’s The World, and explained the crisis is being orchestrated by Pres. Obama to increase the number of Democratic voters — before bringing on the destruction of the United States:
DeLemus, and others at the New Hampshire rally, said the wave of children at the border is an orchestrated political stunt by the Obama Administration, a sentiment echoed by right-wing blogs, to bring new voters into the US, voters who will presumably vote Democrat.
Protestor Billy Baer said things don’t stop there.
“Read ‘The Communist Manifesto.’ This is no secret what’s happening, it’s only a secret to people who don’t understand what’s going on,” said Baer. “This is all going according to plan, and it’s a great plan — it’s about overwhelming the systems to bring down the destruction of the United States.”
Political fundraising is a demeaning exercise under the best of circumstances, but it must have been particularly humiliating for Marilinda Garcia when she went looking for handouts from some of the nation’s richest men during the Koch brothers’ secret billionaire summit last month.
Two enterprising inewsource reporters infiltrated the exclusive St. Regis Monarch Bay resort in Dana Point, California and got an insider’s view of the mega-donor conference. As Garcia, a young Latina running for Congress in New Hampshire’s second congressional district, was likely making her way to the luxury resort, the journalists eavesdropped on attendees hanging out in the hotel bar:
They talked about political prospects, and one man remarked that he liked “Herrera,” possibly a reference to Jaime Herrera Beutler, who represents Washington’s 3rd congressional district.
“You’re into Latinos, eh?” the other replied.
The man who said he liked Herrera talked about working on Rick Santorum’s campaign, and how it was the “Tylenol quote” that killed Santorum’s chances in the 2012 Republican primary. Foster Friess, one of Santorum’s most prominent backers, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell “back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn’t that costly,” he said.
They talked about how things said in private would sound terrible in public.
“My wife is a spik, I call her a wetback sometimes,” one man said, laughing.
When a consulting firm with deep ties to the Koch brothers picked Marilinda Garcia as its first client, they promised to market her to the Koch brothers’ “exclusive fundraising network.” Those connections are now paying off for Garcia.
Garcia’s campaign manager Tom Szold confirmed she was a guest at the Koch brothers’ secret billionaire summit last month in California. “These folks know how to create jobs and nothing is more important to the citizens of New Hampshire than creating jobs,” he told Kathleen Ronayne (presumably with a straight face).
In addition to receiving matching $2600 donations from David Koch and the Koch Industries political action committee, Garcia’s latest FEC filing shows she has pulled in thousands of dollars in contributions from members of the Koch brothers’ “million-dollar donor club" — individuals singled out by Charles Koch as having donated over $1 million to right-wing causes:
Leslie, Marvin and Richard Gilliam ($13,000). Richard Gilliam founded one of the nation’s largest private coal mining companies before selling it to Massey Energy for nearly $1 billion in 2010. The Center for Responsive Politics reported he and his wife donated over $1.2 million to federal candidates in the 2012 election cycle.
Richard DeVos ($2000). Forbes reports Devos, the cofounder of Amway and owner of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, is worth $7.3 billion. Since 1970, Mother Jones reports DeVos family members have donated at least $200 million to dozens of right-wing groups including anti-gay organizations. DeVos has come under fire for his comments opposing marriage equality.
Foster Friess ($1000). Friess, the primary donor to the Super PAC backing Rick Santorum’s 2012 presidential bid, is one of Wyoming’s richest men. He made headlines during the campaign when he brushed off concerns about contraception saying, “You know, back in my days, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.”
In his Political Standing column this week, WMUR.com political director James Pindell wrote, “Before this past week, when was the last time you blushed when you read about people in New Hampshire politics?” Pindell was referring to:
_____ 1. A sexting scandal involving explicit Facebook messages from conservative radio host Rich Girard?
_____ 2. Explicit allegations accusing state Senate candidate Rep. George Lambert (R-Litchfield) of sexual misconduct?
_____ 3. A racy anti-Scott Brown video by Lady Parts Justice that gave a whole new meaning to the term “carpetbagger?”
_____ 4. All of the above.
Just hours after Malaysian Air Flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over Ukraine, state House Rep. Glenn Cordelli (R-Tuftonboro) was on Facebook mocking the President’s response:
"What a marked difference between Obama’s reaction to the Malaysia jet being shot down (brief statement then jokes) and the 1983 Reagan handling of the Korean airliner shot down by the Russians," he wrote. "We need a leader who believes in and cares about this country.”
Cordelli, a GOPAC 2014 Emerging Leader, linked to a FoxNews video in which host Megyn Kelly praised Reagan’s 1983 speech (delivered four days after the Korean airliner was shot down) and described the President’s response as, “Wow, what a tragedy. I’m outta here.”
Writing in the Washington Post, Andrew Rudalevige provides the historical context. “[I]t is worth recalling that Reagan’s own response in 1983 did not get good reviews from the Fox News of the day,” he wrote:
True, the president’s nationally televised address on Sept. 5 was full of strong rhetorical condemnation: Reagan called the Soviet action “monstrous,” “murderous,” and “born of a society which wantonly disregards individual rights and the value of human life.”
But little action followed. Reagan demanded an apology to the world and continued a number of sanctions — but he decided not to end grain sales to the USSR or to suspend arms control talks. … The Manchester Union-Leader editorialized that “if someone had told us three years ago that the Russians could blow a civilian airliner out of the skies – and not face one whit of retaliation from a Ronald Reagan administration, we would have called that crazy. It is crazy. It is insane. It is exactly what happened.”
"Last night I sent out an invitation to a luncheon and presentation this upcoming Thursday on Right to Work," notes former state House Speaker Bill O’Brien on his Facebook page. “I probably should have mentioned that RSVPs aren’t necessary if invitees aren’t attending.”
from: Bruce Toker <email@example.com>
to: William O’Brien <firstname.lastname@example.org>
date: Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 7:03 AM
subject: Re: Pre-notice of AFP Foundation / American for Tax Reform Invitation for Luncheon and Presentation on Right to Work
They’re bold, they’re profane, they’re funny. They’re Lady Parts Justice, a group that describes themselves as “the first not safe for work, rapid response reproductive rights messaging hub that uses comedy, culture and digital media to get people off their asses and reclaim their rights.”
Led by Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show, LPJ is using comedy to reshape the narrative on reproductive rights — and to serve as a catalyst for activism. “Women need to put their foot down, their uterus down, and take to the street,” Winstead told Elle.
Yesterday, the group launched an interactive web site highlighting threats to reproductive rights in each of the 50 states. The “five terrible things” about New Hampshire include state House Rep. Jeanine Notter’s claim that birth control causes prostate cancer and Rep. Peter Hansen referring to women as “vagina’s” [sic].
And then there’s the video (NSFW):
In an attempt to clarify Scott Brown’s position on the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, the Washington correspondent for the Guardian joined him on the campaign trail:
I found Brown at a table at a restaurant called Priscilla’s, introduced myself as a Guardian reporter and enquired if I could ask him some questions. Brown smiled nervously and replied: “What do you want to ask me about?”
"Hobby Lobby? That would be a start," I said.
“I’m all set,” he replied. “We’re enjoying ourselves right now.”
“But you’re standing for Senate. It is routine for journalists to ask you questions and usually the candidates answer.”
“Not without notifying my office.”
Brown stood up, walked to the back of the diner, and took shelter in the bathroom.
Brown’s reluctance to embrace the Hobby Lobby decision is curious. As a senator, Brown supported legislation that would have would have gone even further, by allowing any employer to refuse to cover any kind of health care service based on “religious belief or moral conviction.’’
"Remember the Blunt Amendment?" Brown recently asked pro-life blogger Ellen Kolb. "I voted for it. That cost me the election [in Massachusetts] and I’d support it again.”