The centrists in the Republican Party have had it with the extremist Tea Party backed politicians in their party, and they’re pulling out the big guns with the deep pockets to challenge Tea Party candidates in Republican primaries across the country in 2014.
Two of the largest Republican Super PACs, American Crossroads and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have said that they are preparing an aggressive effort to groom and support more centrist Republican candidates for Congress in the 2014 midterm elections.
In a report by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), The U.S. Chamber of Commerce plans to roll out an aggressive effort, expected to cost at least $50 million to support establishment, business-friendly candidates in primaries and in the general election, with an aim of trying to win a Republican Senate majority.
“Our No. 1 focus is to make sure, when it comes to the Senate, that we have no loser candidates,” said the business group’s top political strategist, Scott Reed. “That will be our mantra: No fools on our ticket.”
Yesterday, in an article on the right wing website The American Spectator titled, “Karl Rove and the GOP Socialists”, it says that the two Super PACs “have declared war on the Reaganite conservative base”.
“Karl Rove (i.e., architect of the American Crossroads Super PAC), the Chamber of Commerce, and the Washington GOP Establishment have declared war on the Reaganite conservative base of the Republican Party.”
Last month it had become clear that establishment Republicans had had enough of the Tea Party extremists in their ranks, when the Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) lashed out at the right wing organizations, The Heritage Foundation and The Club for Growth, who did not support, the bipartisan supported, Budget Act of 2013.
"They're using our members and they're using the American people for their own goals," Boehner said. "This is ridiculous. If you're for more deficit reduction, you're for this agreement."
The Republican leadership in the House has also made it clear to Tea Party Republicans who currently sit on Committees and who have obstructed Republican legislation, that many of them will not get those seats back when Congress returns later this month.
The Heritage Foundation, the Club for Growth and the Tea Party organizations are not going to just rollover, they plan on raising and spending plenty of money to stop centrist Republicans.
The head of the Heritage Action Super PAC, which has encouraged their right wing lawmakers to challenge GOP leaders on a number of fiscal measures, questioned the effectiveness of the drive by leading Republicans to impose greater discipline on conservative lawmakers and pledged to continue broadcasting the group’s views to grassroots activists.
“Lawmakers do not have a monopoly on information, and we will continue to communicate directly with their constituents on important legislation as it moves through Congress,” said Michael Needham, chief executive of Heritage Action, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation think tank. He said that most lawmakers “will find it difficult to go back home and defend votes that increase spending, increase deficits and undermine the rule of law.”
This move by centrist Republicans to take their Party back will be welcomed by millions of Americans who are tired of the obstruction by Tea party Republicans. In a poll last week by CNN/Orc International, Americans said the current 113th Congress is the worst in their lifetime. Any change, will be welcomed change, by American voters.
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