GOP Elites Versus Conservatives
November 13, 2013 by Bob Livingston
Big money is coming out to back Republican challengers to the few liberty candidates up for re-election in 2014. Among those targeted is Representative Justin Amash of Michigan.
Amash is one of a handful of lawmakers who pushed Weeper of the House John Boehner to make a stand on Obamacare and fight over the government shutdown and debt ceiling.
The Hill obtained a letter from prominent Michigan donors soliciting financial backing for Amash’s primary challenger, Brian Ellis. They argue that Amash “and others have effectively nullified the Republican majority in the U.S. House.”
What they mean to say is they didn’t like Amash’s stand against cronyism and big government. It seems big business was bolstered by an Alabama House race from last week when big business-backed crony capitalist Bradley Byrne defeated Tea Party-backed Dean Young (who was a flawed and unprepared candidate) in a special GOP primary election for Alabama House District 1.
The Hill reported that Byrne received significant support from local business groups and leaders, like the local arm of the National Retail Federation (NRF), which launched a get-out-the-vote effort on his behalf.
David French, senior vice president for government relations for the NRF, said the group is planning to recreate that engagement on the local level elsewhere.
The GOP elites are engaged in a battle against conservatism in the party. This is evidenced by their failure to support a Constitutional candidate in Virginia’s gubernatorial election last week, choosing instead to stand aside and let Terry McAuliffe, longtime bagman for Bill Clinton and professed anti-gun candidate, use a 5-1 spending advantage in the race’s final days. Conservative Ken Cuccinelli lost by 2.5 percent.