Update: 10/27/14: John Boehner will not attend. Good news!
I have some mixed feelings about this article because I don’t want to lose the senate and we can’t afford candidates who might keep us from winning the senate, but getting in bed with liberals to do it is a bridge too far.
Erick Erickson reported that Republicans John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy and 25 other Congress members will fly to Amelia Island next weekend to meet with a group dedicated to defeating conservatives in Congress.
“Main Street Advocacy” is hosting the event at the Ritz Carlton – only the best for these sorts. Steve LaTourette, liberal Republican and former congressman, is the face of the group and a good friend of Boehner’s.
LaTourette, a former member of Congress, is a corporatist and an unregistered lobbyist. His wife is a lobbyist. Mr. LaTourette, in one interview, acknowledged that his work with the Main Street Partnership may indirectly benefit his lobbying firm. “It isn’t bad for business,” he said. “But it is not by design,” reported the New York Times.
The NY Times notes that “corporations and lobbyists” fund the Main Street Partnership, but seed money came from far-left donors for these affiliated K Street fronts.
The Defending Main Street SuperPac includes: Big Labor: the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Laborers’ International Union of North America Main Street. They produced 20% of the funds. The PAC is also in bed with the anti-Tea Party Chanber of Commerce. All want cheap labor from illegal entrants to the U.S. Don’t expect to see the border closed any time soon.
They say they are conservatives with values such as fiscal responsibility, limited government, individual liberties, and belief in the power of free markets and free people but they support amnesty, and radical environmentalists who fund “Main Street” Republicans who sabotaged House conservative efforts to open up drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. That was exposed by Michelle Malkin eight years ago.
Malkin reported in an article on Real Clear Politics the following:
“Main Street Partnership’s chief operating and financial officer is Sarah Chamberlain Resnick. She also serves on the partnership’s board of directors and previously served as an officer of the soft-money-raising Main Street Individual Fund. The MSIF is yet another spinoff group that received $50,000 from progressive billionaire George Soros in 2002 soon after it was created. Soros also dangled a “seven-figure contribution” in front of the Main Street Partnership, but Resnick said the group declined that one. The MSIF accepted a separate $50,000 Soros donation during the 2004 election cycle. It was mysteriously returned in November 2005 after I called attention to it.”
There is big money involved and it includes George Soros-backed organizations. The group has multiple offshoots housed in DC such as the Republican Mainstreet Partnership. They are often referred to as RINOs. Their membership includes John McCain, Susan Collins, formerly Olympia Snowe.
The pro-bailout, pro-debt, pro-amnesty, anti-drilling group founded by former liberal New York GOP Congressman Amory Houghton includes three liberal Senate Republicans (John McCain, Mark Kirk and Susan Collins) and 52 center-left House Republicans.
It says on their site that “Main Street Advocacy has committed to a multi-million dollar campaign through television, radio, digital media, social media, mail and boots on the ground to work to prevent right-wing special interest groups like the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks from hurting efforts to grow the Republican Majority in the House and retake the U.S. Senate.” (I don’t know anything about Club for Growth or FreedomWorks but LaTourette calls Club for Growth a “cancer that has attached itself to the Republican Party).
The Tea Party and any right-wing organization that dares to put forth a candidate and who they label “extremist” is their target.
Their goal is to protect centrist and liberal Republicans from Tea Party conservatives.
“We want our party back,” said former Representative Steven C. LaTourette of Ohio, who is leading Main Street Advocacy. “And we are going to do what it takes to accomplish that.” It is a party with no room for conservatives apparently.
Under House ethics rules and federal criminal law, former lawmakers are prohibited for one year from communicating with members of Congress “with intent to influence official action on behalf of anyone else,” even if they are doing so on behalf of a nonprofit group, like the Main Street Partnership. However, LaTourette has participated over the past year in private events, sponsored by the Main Street Partnership, that have brought him into direct contact with sitting members of Congress, the group’s own website shows, reported the NY Times.
Chris Barron, a spokesman for the Main Street Partnership, said they have not violated any rules. There is “no cone of silence” and former House members speak all the time.
The liberal Republicans demonize conservatives as much as Democrats while claiming they have the same platform. On the other hand, many of the Tea Party candidates have kept Republicans from claiming seats in Nevada, Delaware, Missouri and other key states. We can’t afford to lose the Senate even if we are stuck with some GOP we would rather not have in office.
It’s a peculiar turn of events in the war within the Republican Party.