Diary

CROmnibus Passed and These are specific Senators we hold responsible

streiff provided some detail on those Senators who voted for the CROmnibus cloture here CRomnibus passes because of GOP support. Let’s take this egregious offense to its logical next step. We identify those Senators who are due for re-election and voted in favor of this $1.1 trillion spending mess. Then we ramp up our opposition now for the primary, and begin the first stage of their retirement party. We know there will be challengers, but we need to make sure that many if not most of these Senate seats are refreshed. To do that will take more than a haphazard effort to rally behind a decent candidate, it will take a ONE year coordinated effort of time, money and groundwork. Starting now.

Here is the correlated list:

Voted for cloture on Cromnibus Up for re-election in 2016
Ayotte (R-NH) [mc_name name=’Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’A000368′ ] (New Hampshire)
Blunt (R-MO) [mc_name name=’Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’B000575′ ] (Missouri)
Boozman (R-AR) [mc_name name=’Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’B001236′ ] (Arkansas)
Burr (R-NC) [mc_name name=’Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’B001135′ ] (North Carolina)
Coats (R-IN) [mc_name name=’Sen. Daniel Coats (R-IN)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C000542′ ] (Indiana)
Hoeven (R-ND) [mc_name name=’Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’H001061′ ] (North Dakota)
Isakson (R-GA) [mc_name name=’Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’I000055′ ] (Georgia)
Kirk (R-IL) [mc_name name=’Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’K000360′ ] (Illinois)
Just because [mc_name name=’Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000303′ ] (Arizona)
Murkowski (R-AK) [mc_name name=’Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M001153′ ] (Alaska)
Thune (R-SD) [mc_name name=’Sen. John Thune (R-SD)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’T000250′ ] (South Dakota)
Toomey (R-PA) [mc_name name=’Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’T000461′ ] (Pennsylvania)

Of these, Pat Toomey does a lot I like but he is tone deaf on many of these crucial issues. I’d be willing to primary him if we had a real alternative. Here in PA it is a blue state and that may be why we have a wonderful representative of the unprincipled Ivy League and Club for Growth. Toomey is too willing to get along and go along. But we also had Rick Santorum, so you figure out this state. As the Pittsburgh Trib pointed out, it is schizophrenic. Give me a better option.

Also, even though McCain didn’t vote for cloture, we have to get rid of him. Maybe someone can convince him to step aside graciously. But for some reason I don’t think that is his style.

What’s next?

As a point of comparison, and most states have a similar time frame, here is the PA electoral time frame for 2015 that will mirror spring 2016 when each Senate primary takes place. This puts into perspective the fact that our real campaign starts in January 2015. This drives home the point that for Freedom Works and the SCF politics and the campaign is a year round coordinated effort of movement. Targeted races require not just a sea gull visit from big names, but the nitty gritty work of vetting and training, opposition research, strategic planing and meeting voters and executing tactically on message.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF STATE
BUREAU OF COMMISSIONS, ELECTIONS AND LEGISLATION 2015 PENNSYLVANIA ELECTIONS IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
First day to circulate and file nomination petitions ……………………………………………February 17
Last day to circulate and file nomination petitions…………………………………………….March 10
First day to circulate and file nomination papers……………………………………………….March 11
Last day for withdrawal by candidates who filed nomination petitions………………..March 25
Last day to REGISTER before the primary………………………………………………………April 20

MUNICIPAL PRIMARY…………………………………………………………………………….May 19

Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Let’s get lucky.