Posts Tagged ‘pat toomey’

Club for Growth: Bad Campaign Advice from Ed Rendell

Monday, May 24th, 2010

From the Wall Street Journal:

Here’s how the 66-year-old Pennsylvania governor [Ed Rendell] would run his campaign in Rep. Sestak’s shoes: “Joe called me to touch base and asked what are the things he should be doing right now. I said, ‘Nothing different.’ Go out, hit those train stations and bus stations, just thank people. Don’t talk about the fall elections, just thank people. You won this because the people wanted you. Stay away from guys like me for a while. You’re the populist. You’re the guy who beat the establishment.

“Second thing: There’s one group that’s more unpopular than elected officials. Who’s that in the country today? Wall Street. Pat Toomey worked for Club for Growth. Who funds the Club for Growth? Wall Street. Club for Growth was born out of Bear Stearns. Kill him on it! Kill him on it! This is the candidate from Wall Street. Wall Street paid him X amount of money a year to be the president of Club for Growth. Club for Growth are the same guys who screwed you, cost you your mortgage, cost you your 401(k). Not unfair. Not unfair.”

It’s hard to make that argument when the facts speak otherwise.  While Toomey and the Club opposed bailing out Wall Street and forgiving the bad decisions that it made, it was Sestak who was voting for it.

Matt Lewis: GOP’s Crist Endorsements Anger Conservatives

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Politics Daily:

There has long been tension between Republican leaders and movement conservatives, but efforts to elect Republicans in 2010 are doing nothing to bring the sides together.

When Senator Arlen Specter switched parties, several prominent Republican leaders immediately urged Governor Tom Ridge, a Republican moderate, to run. It seems they weren’t content to support the more conservative former Congressman Pat Toomey — who was already in the race.

Erick Erickson: independent voters prefer a conservative Republican to a liberal one

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Erickson provides further evidence that voters prefer a conservative Republican to a ‘moderate’ one:

The PAGOP and NRSC are flirting with him because Gerlach regularly wins re-election as a Republican in D +2 districts. They forget, however, that Pat Toomey did the same – and with larger margins.

In fact, in 2002, the year Toomey and Gerlach were both on the ballot in D +2, Toomey got 57.4% of the vote and Gerlach got 51% of the vote. Toomey did so without selling out his conservative values. Not so with Gerlach.

In fact, and this is key, Gerlach actually has a more liberal voting record on issues Pennsylanians care about than Arlen Specter. If Specter cannot get out of a Republican primary, how on earth could Gerlach? The answer is he can’t.

Consider these issues:

  • Gerlach voted for the Medicare Prescription Drug Act.
  • He voted for the Bridge to Nowhere.
  • He voted to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to continue borrowing money from the Treasury.
  • He voted for the mortgage bailout program.
  • He voted for TARP
  • He voted against the right of workers to cast a secret ballot for unionization.
  • He voted against drilling in ANWR.
  • He voted against the same-sex marriage ban.
  • He voted against lifting the moratorium on natural gas production.

The Fix: top 10 Senate races

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

The Fix:

The last several weeks have not been kind to two senators — one Democrat, one Republican — who came to Congress together nearly three decades ago.

The Democrat is Sen. Chris Dodd (Conn.) who found himself caught up in the furor over bonuses granted to AIG executives, the latest in a string of negative stories for Dodd — Countrywide, the Irish cottage — that have badly imperiled his chances at reelection. And, Republicans have recruited a top-tier candidate to challenge Dodd in former Connecticut Rep. Rob Simmons.

The Republican is Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) who, as recently as a month ago, appeared to be headed to his easiest reelection race in recent memory. But, that was before his vote for the $787 billion economic stimulus bill drove former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) into a near-certain primary challenge. Specter, who narrowly defeated Toomey six years ago, quickly moved to shore up his ideological right flank — flip flopping to oppose the Employee Free Choice Act. Should Specter win the primary — and that is very much up in the air — his change of position on EFCA could hurt his general election appeal in a state as labor-heavy as Pennsylvania.

Both races crack the top five in our latest Senate Line. The number one ranked race is the most likely to switch parties in 2010.

Primary Poll: Specter gets crushed by Toomey

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

The Scorecard:

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) would get crushed in a Republican primary against Club for Growth President Pat Toomey, trailing his conservative challenger by double digits, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released today.

The poll shows Specter trailing Toomey by 14 points, 41 to 27 percent, with 28 percent of Republicans undecided.

Specter is much more popular among Democrats and independents than he is with his own party. A near-majority (47 percent) of Republican voters view him unfavorably, with only 29 percent viewing him favorably. But he receives favorable ratings from 60 percent of Democrats, and a 41 percent plurality of independents.

Ironically, his overall approval rating is a healthy 52 percent – the same as Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and higher than Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.).

Specter To Oppose Employee Free Choice Act: The Fix

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

The Fix:

Sen. Arlen Specter‘s (R-Pa.) decision to vote against the Employee Free Choice Act, a reversal of a position he took just two years ago, is evidence of the seriousness with which he views the looming primary challenge from former Rep. Pat Toomey.

Specter announced his opposition to the legislation during a speech on the Senate floor early this afternoon and immediately drew plaudits from conservatives. “Senator Specter has come through in the clutch,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “This is almost certain to be the single most important vote of 2009.”

Specter cited the alleged elimination of the secret ballot in EFCA as the main reason he is opposing the legislation.

He also noted that his decision is likely to doom the bill with all 59 Democrats (assuming Al Franken is seated in the Senate) will vote to end debate on EFCA while all 41 Republicans will cast a “no” vote.

Deroy Murdock: Toomey Can Put Specter Out of GOP’s Misery

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009


Palm Beach, Florida — Sen. Arlen Specter’s support for the 1,071-page Obama-Pelosi-Reid “stimulus” package will cost taxpayers $787 billion. That vote may cost the Pennsylvania Republican his job.

“I am very likely to make a run for the Senate,” says Pat Toomey, a former Keystone State congressman and free-market stalwart. “Specter’s vote was a profound betrayal of the Republican Party and conservative principles. It’s a big factor” behind Toomey’s potential challenge to Specter in 2010’s Republican Senate primary.

Recent message from Pat Toomey at Club for Growth

Friday, March 6th, 2009

From fundraising letter from Pat Toomey:

Talk about nerve. Barack Obama has been president for only a month and already the liberals are declaring victory.

In a cover story last week, the left-leaning New Republic declared, “CONSERVATISM IS DEAD.” And Newsweek magazine joined in, boldly declaring on its front cover: “WE ARE ALL SOCIALISTS NOW.”

EXCUSE ME?!?!?!?

Since when does Newsweek speak for all Americans? Maybe the liberal pundits at Newsweek and the New Republic have given up on our country, but here at the Club for Growth, we have not thrown in the towel yet. Somebody better put the liberals on notice: At the Club for Growth, we are vowing to fight this attack on Capitalism with every bone in our body. (more…)