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Conservatives Need to Rally Behind Sue Lowden
The Corner on National Review Online ^ | February 5, 2010 | Saul Anuzis

Posted on 02/05/2010 2:57:58 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican

Conservatives have a number of opportunities for victories in 2010, but none is more important than the chance to defeat Senate majority leader Harry Reid. We must rally behind the right candidate to ensure that we not only defeat Reid but also gain a solid conservative senator. That candidate is Sue Lowden.

I have known Sue and her family for years. I know that she has the fortitude to take on Reid and withstand the onslaught that he and his allies will unleash against her. More importantly, I know that she has strong conservative principles rooted in her personal faith and her belief in free-market ideals. (Sue recently spoke with a group of Nevada tea-party activists.) She is a proven leader with a track record of success, who has earned every opportunity she has had. Many don’t realize that Sue is the daughter of a former coal miner. She and her husband both come from humble backgrounds but have succeeded in business through smart decisions and hard work, not through government handouts or their family name.

In 1992, Lowden won election to the Nevada state senate by defeating the incumbent senate majority leader. Her victory ended Democrats’ control of the chamber, and Sue’s colleagues immediately elected her senate majority whip.

Because of her strong fiscal-conservative principles, Lowden later served as chair of the taxation committee. When pro-tax legislators tried to push through higher taxes, she blocked their efforts. Her panel became known as the “no-taxation” committee. Lowden fought against higher taxes in the state senate, and she will fight against higher taxes in the U.S. Senate.

Today, labor bosses continue their efforts to kill a union member’s right to cast his vote privately without the bosses looking over his shoulder. Will we have a conservative U.S. senator with the fortitude to stand up to them? As a state senator, Lowden cast the deciding vote in the Nevada state senate to protect Nevada’s right-to-work status. She has had unions picket her home and businesses, but she has withstood their onslaught. Lowden will stand with conservatives against union bosses in the U.S. Senate.

On issue after issue, we know where Sue Lowden stands because she has been elected to office and championed conservative principles. She earned the endorsement of the NRA in her race for state senate. She is one of the original architects of Nevada’s charter-school law. As a pro-life advocate, she fought for parental-notification laws. Through her personal family experiences and decades of work with children with muscular dystrophy and Jerry’s Kids, I know Lowden values life. I know she will be a pro-life U.S. senator.

Lowden proudly signed the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge the week she announced her Senate campaign. She has pledged to join Senate conservatives to fight for earmark reform and tax and spending cuts. She is staunchly opposed to taxpayer funding of abortion. Lowden has stated that she would not have voted for President Bush’s TARP bill and is a strong opponent of the “stimulus” bill passed earlier this year. She was the first candidate running against Harry Reid to sign the Club for Growth’s pledge, and she has also signed the Americans for Prosperity anti–climate tax pledge.

Some conservatives have chosen to support Danny Tarkanian for the Nevada GOP Senate nomination. I say to my friends that they are mistaken in their support for the son of the former UNLV basketball coach. Tarkanian has used his campaign to falsely attack Lowden and try to trick us into believing that she isn’t conservative enough. If Sue Lowden isn’t conservative enough to be a leader in the conservative movement, than neither was Ronald Reagan.

As I’ve listened to Tarkanian ignore the facts and twist Sue’s words, I’ve been reminded of Reagan, who once spoke of what he called “the 11th Commandment”: Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican. Reagan’s words highlight the contrast between Tarkanian’s rhetoric and Lowden’s conservative principles. It’s clear which candidate is best equipped to represent Reagan’s conservative movement.

I know that Sue Lowden is the proven conservative we can and should rally behind. Others do too. In the last quarter of 2009, Lowden raised more than twice as much money as Tarkanian. In fact, she raised more money in her first quarter in the race than he raised in the past two quarters combined. We all know that it will take significant resources to defeat Harry Reid — and defeating him with a legitimate, tested conservative is our ultimate goal.

Reid is hoping that Tarkanian wins the Republican primary. While Lowden knows what it takes to be successful, Tarkanian has been on the ballot in two of the last three election cycles and failed to win both times. In his last campaign, he earned the endorsement of Sarah Brady and the Brady Campaign because of his liberal positions on the Second Amendment. Instead of taking responsibility for his stance on gun rights, Tarkanian claims it wasn’t his fault.

This is a critical moment when we must have the good judgment to stand behind the right conservative candidates who can win in November. There is a great uprising coming from the American people. We are ready to work and ready to earn real change, not only in government but also in the direction our economy and our country are headed. There is no better leader to join us in this effort than Sue Lowden — the right candidate to defeat Harry Reid.

— Saul Anuzis has been a conservative activist for much of his adult life, including serving in leadership positions in the fight against card-check legislation at American Solutions. He is former chairman of the Michigan Republican party.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: harryreid; lowden; nv2010; suelowden; tarkanian
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1 posted on 02/05/2010 2:57:58 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican
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To: AuH2ORepublican

I would rally behind her any day...


2 posted on 02/05/2010 3:00:54 PM PST by jessduntno (If Bawney Fwank talks in his sleep, is it considered wetting the bed?)
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To: jessduntno

LOL! You and Rush!


3 posted on 02/05/2010 3:03:21 PM PST by tanuki (The only color of a leader that should matter is the color of his spine.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

I disagree. We don’t need to rally behind her. The solid conservative in the race is polling great against Reed. We don’t needs a “Sometimes my baby” candidate. The difference between the top two candidates on the GOP side is almost as stark as between Crist and Rubio and Lowden isn’t a Rubio. I don’t think she is a bad candidate but she is more of the Fiorina mold. There is no reason to go for the soft rich candidate this year especially if you want a real change in the Senate. If you are tired of Snow,Collins, McCain, Graham and others then you certainly don’t want to rally behind the weaker ideological candidate if polling is on your side.

http://www.tark2010.org/


4 posted on 02/05/2010 3:08:35 PM PST by Maelstorm (We are umbilicaled to a parasitic beast that feeds off one man so to enslave another to dependency.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Does she believe that without the right
to life, all other rights are meaningless?


5 posted on 02/05/2010 3:08:41 PM PST by Lesforlife ("For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb . . ." Psalm 139:13)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; Impy; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; Clemenza; Coop; Norman Bates; ...

While I believe that either Sue Lowden or Danny Tarkanian can defeat Harry Reid in November, Sue Lowden is more of a proven commodity and will not go wobbly in the Senate.

In addition, it should be noted that since 1986 there has only been one pro-life female in the U.S. Senate (Liddy Dole, whose single Senate term ended a year ago). The pro-life movement needs pro-life female Senators so that the media cannot ignore the fact that a larger percentage of women than men are pro-life and that it’s nonsensical to use the words “abortion” and “women’s rights” in the same sentence.


6 posted on 02/05/2010 3:14:31 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

I wonder if this Lowden is related to Governor Frank Lowden of Illinois. http://www.lib.niu.edu/1994/ihy940460.html


7 posted on 02/05/2010 3:21:48 PM PST by Mobties
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To: tanuki

I didn’t realize she was a former Miss American. Rush is definitely on a roll about Miss Americas.


8 posted on 02/05/2010 3:22:53 PM PST by A Strict Constructionist (How long before we are forced to refresh the Tree of Liberty? Sic semper tryannis)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

It isn’t personal. I just don’t think gender should be an issue. If she were a Michelle Bachman you’d better believe I’d be for her. The problem I have is the more I search the more she is described as a moderate and the last thing we need is to go into this election filling the Senate with new “Moderates” or liberals in the case of Mark Kirk where we have absolutely no reason to. I wouldn’t be upset if she won the nomination but for now I’m supporting the outsider and the guy who everyone is calling too conservative.


9 posted on 02/05/2010 3:23:41 PM PST by Maelstorm (We are umbilicaled to a parasitic beast that feeds off one man so to enslave another to dependency.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican
We all know that it will take significant resources to defeat Harry Reid

Well no we don't all know that. Last I checked polls on this race anyone not Harry Reid could win even with only the cash lying around in their couch.

I don't begrudge the campaign on behalf of a friend. I am uneasy with knowing she was picked by the same genuises that sided with Specter and Crist. May not be her fault, but there it is. I'm just an outsider though. We're just talking about money as far as I'm concerned. My unease about being an establishment pick doesn't mean a lot since I don't vote in that state.

10 posted on 02/05/2010 3:23:54 PM PST by Soul Seeker (?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Bump!


11 posted on 02/05/2010 3:25:02 PM PST by Jean S
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To: AuH2ORepublican
I will gladly vote for either Republican candidate. However, voting for Lowden over Tarkanian because she is a woman is something I will not be doing. I object to the practice of choosing candidates based on sex and race. Let's leave that to the Democrats and try to choose the best candidate regardless of their gender or race. And let's face it - it really wouldn't matter if half of the Senate was made up of pro-life women. The media would continue to ignore the fact and paint abortion and women's rights as one and the same.
12 posted on 02/05/2010 3:28:56 PM PST by Nevadan
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Wouldn’t it, maybe, be a good idea for Mr. Anuzis to explain the last couple of election cycles in Michigan before he gives advice to Nevada Republicans?


13 posted on 02/05/2010 3:30:06 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Maelstorm

Tark is a nice guy, but he isn’t all that conservative - his real world experience is a bit lacking at it shows when I’ve met him. We wouldn’t be talking Tarkanian without his dad.


14 posted on 02/05/2010 3:30:29 PM PST by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

[ Sue Lowden is more of a proven commodity and will not go wobbly in the Senate.]

That’s my take too.


15 posted on 02/05/2010 3:31:19 PM PST by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

If Sue Lowden is for less taxes, less spending, less government, pro-military, pro-life and anti-amnesty, she’s got the right policy agenda and every conservative should consider her candidacy.


16 posted on 02/05/2010 3:34:22 PM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Maelstorm

How exactly is Tarkanian more conservative than Lowden?


17 posted on 02/05/2010 3:34:55 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: Mobties

Lowden is her married name.


18 posted on 02/05/2010 3:38:21 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Lesforlife

My take is that she does.


19 posted on 02/05/2010 3:39:50 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: jessduntno
I would rally behind her any day...<

Yup!

Also, read her web page -- she seems to hit all the issues that matter in the Right way: Here

20 posted on 02/05/2010 3:44:36 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Nevadan

I didn’t say that we should support Lowden because she’s a woman, I said that we should support her because she is a proven and experienced conservative with the wherewithal to take Reid’s attacks and defeat him in November, and then not to go wobbly in the Senate. I then mentioned that, as an added bonus, she will help destroy the media’s image that only men want to prohibit abortion. If you don’t think that having pro-life female Senators matters, then feel free to ignore her gender and vote for her exclusively for the myriad reasons set forth in the editorial.


21 posted on 02/05/2010 3:44:53 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: Maelstorm

Well, I don’t know who is opposing Tarkanian because he’s “too conservative”; certainly not me. I just don’t think that he has proven himself to be up to the task of beating Harry Reid and serving in the Senate. It is very rare for someone’s first successful election to be to the U.S. Senate.


22 posted on 02/05/2010 3:47:46 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Sue Lowden seems a bit gaff prone. There is another candidate who the more I research the more found I become of her and that is Sharron Angle. She seems genuine. I worry about Lowden’s connections to TARP.

I just wish Lowden would drop out now. She isn’t going to win the Primary. She’s running around in a bus blowing money like there is no tomorrow and for what? This is a primary. She has money but I’m just not sure about her. Something just hasn’t felt right since she first came up. The fact that she has in the past supported Harry Reid doesn’t do her any favors.


23 posted on 02/05/2010 3:57:24 PM PST by Maelstorm (We are umbilicaled to a parasitic beast that feeds off one man so to enslave another to dependency.)
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To: A Strict Constructionist

She was not a Miss America, she was a contestant in the Miss America contest. Big Difference.


24 posted on 02/05/2010 3:57:29 PM PST by lolhelp
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To: AuH2ORepublican
It just takes a few minutes to search for details about her.

And that quick search opens at least a half-dozen very questionable facts/allegations about her.

Haven't looked at other candidates, but surely would if I were a NV resident.

25 posted on 02/05/2010 4:03:34 PM PST by diogenes ghost
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To: AuH2ORepublican

When’s Pelosi up for reelection?


26 posted on 02/05/2010 4:05:20 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Reagan Man
"If Sue Lowden is for less taxes, less spending, less government, pro-military, pro-life and anti-amnesty, ..."

What else is there?

27 posted on 02/05/2010 4:15:34 PM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: jackibutterfly

That was my point. Thanks


28 posted on 02/05/2010 4:34:01 PM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Reagan Man

You’re welcome. By the way, can you tell me how to put a tagline next to my screen name? Thanks.


29 posted on 02/05/2010 4:36:54 PM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: freedumb2003

She bears quite a resemblance to Kay Barely Republican.

A Vegas whore would be better than Harry Reid but so I'm not really concerned with who beats him as much as that they beat him. Ideally, it would be someone to the right of Reagan. Doesn't matter if she wears a skirt. I'm just tired of RINOs who run like conservatives until they get to Washington and then turn into McCain, Jr.

30 posted on 02/05/2010 4:37:32 PM PST by OrangeHoof ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Bend over suckahs".)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; jessduntno; Maelstorm; Lesforlife; Mobties; A Strict Constructionist; ...
It looks like Sue Lowden may be a little more than a Mitt Romney in a skirt who's really pro-choice on abortion. For the record if you advocate the 'choice' to murder the unborn in cases of rape and incest, then your argument for life is weak. At least Romney went all the way life the way this Tarkanian guy does.

Wonder if it's just a coincidence that Lowden's new views on abortion reflect the Mormon church's view which also includes the hardship of the mother exception, I assume Lowden being in a state with a large percentage of Mormons, has evolved her position to match the Mormon church position. Is she Mormon too?

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/dec/16/lowdens-evolving-views-abortion/

31 posted on 02/05/2010 4:49:15 PM PST by whatisthetruth
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To: jackibutterfly
When you hit "Post Reply", the tagline option comes up:

Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post):

Add or to make changes and hit preview to review. Good luck.

32 posted on 02/05/2010 4:49:48 PM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: whatisthetruth

She is a Roman Catholic and cjhck her site for her views on the issues, including abortion.

To wit:

Abortion:

As a born and raised practicing Catholic, I am pro-life. My personal views on abortion are consistent with the views of my church – and they are the views I carry with me everyday. While this issue has created significant debate and controversy within our states, our political parties and our federal government, my views on abortion will not change should I be fortunate enough to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

It is my strong belief that Roe v. Wade was an act of judicial activism and that this decision remains inconsistent with our U.S. Constitution. Further, while I have many dear friends and family members who I may disagree with on the issue of abortion and the Roe v. Wade decision, I believe the practice of partial birth abortion is one of the most appalling procedures ever condoned by our government. It is simply beneath the dignity of any free society.

For decades federal law has prohibited the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortion. As a part of the health care bill, there has been an effort to change this established law. I am strongly opposed to using the taxes – that the American people pay – to fund abortion in any form. If I am elected to the U.S. Senate, I will fight to maintain the existing law that prohibits our tax dollars from funding abortion.

Finally, as a state senator, I voted for and worked to pass parental notification legislation that required parents to be involved in the decisions of their minor children regarding pregnancy. As a U.S. Senator, I will work to ensure we have strong and enforced federal parental notification laws so minor children cannot be taken across state lines for abortions in states that do not have their own parental notification laws.


33 posted on 02/05/2010 4:56:39 PM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: Maelstorm

Sharron Angle couldn’t even beat the RINO state senate leader in the last primary.


34 posted on 02/05/2010 4:59:40 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: whatisthetruth
Until this thread, I didn't know anything about Sue Lowden and still am in the dark. I do know enough about Mormonism to keep my rhetoric in check.

IMO, if you call yourself pro-choice, you are pro-abortion. I do believe a pregnant woman has a right to self-defense on life and health, and nothing more. Rape and incest are weak options and not in keeping with the unalienable rights of life and liberty.

35 posted on 02/05/2010 5:01:27 PM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Maelstorm
I was at a Tark event a few days ago. He really needs some polish and a better story on 0care.
36 posted on 02/05/2010 5:06:49 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (usff.com)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Lowden allowed the party in Nevada to self destruct when faced with Pualbots. I question her leadership abilities.


37 posted on 02/05/2010 5:08:01 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (usff.com)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Ask her if she supports the NV
Personhood effort. That will tell
you what you need to know!


38 posted on 02/05/2010 5:08:27 PM PST by Lesforlife ("For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb . . ." Psalm 139:13)
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To: onyx
Thanks for the info....but

As a born and raised practicing Catholic, I am pro-life. My personal views on abortion are consistent with the views of my church

She doesn't seem to know her own church's views on the issue, the Roman Catholic Church does not approve of the rape and incest exception to abortion.

39 posted on 02/05/2010 5:13:46 PM PST by whatisthetruth
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To: Impy
"Sharron Angle couldn't even beat the RINO state senate leader in the last election."

And Lowden lost her last election, as an INCUMBENT.

40 posted on 02/05/2010 5:27:06 PM PST by diogenes ghost
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To: whatisthetruth

You are relying on the claims on one writer for the LV SUN, who states he has a written letter from Lowden. I also question you why you suggested she’s catering to Mormons or that she was a Mormon herself, when her campaign page would have clearly told you she is not.

BTW, “for the mother’s health” is the biggest cop out of all, especially in the third trimester. CESARIAN is the answer.


41 posted on 02/05/2010 5:32:15 PM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: whatisthetruth

I’m more worried about the Constitution and the survival of this country than I am about abortion at this time. If I can find a strong fiscal conservative and is a strict constructionist I’m happy.


42 posted on 02/05/2010 5:39:01 PM PST by A Strict Constructionist (How long before we are forced to refresh the Tree of Liberty? Sic semper tryannis)
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To: A Strict Constructionist

should have been... that is a...


43 posted on 02/05/2010 5:40:01 PM PST by A Strict Constructionist (How long before we are forced to refresh the Tree of Liberty? Sic semper tryannis)
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To: Reagan Man

If it means anything, the Ron Paul fans hate her. When Sue Lowden was chair of the NV GOP, she would fight to prevent Paultards from gaining influence in the state party.


44 posted on 02/05/2010 5:55:24 PM PST by yongin
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Impy

Saul Anuzis is a big Romney supporter. Chuck Heath, Sarah Palin’s father, attended a fundraiser for Danny T. Wouldn’t it be a show if Romney came out and campaigned for Lowden and Palin campaigned for Danny T?


45 posted on 02/05/2010 5:58:22 PM PST by yongin
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To: Maelstorm

I like Sharron Angle; in fact, I contributed to her campaign in 2006 when she almost beat Dean Heller in the primary. But her reaction to her narrow loss was unsportsmanlike and bizarre—she even sued trying to get a new election—and she then proceded to lose another election. I hate to say it, but I don’t think that she could win a statewide election.

As for Lowden, I think she has as good a chance as Tarkanian of winning the primary. If Krolicki runs all bets as off, but I think that at this point the safest move for Krolicki is to run for reelection as Lt. Gov. and then running for the Senate in 2012 (when Ensign will either retire or be very vulnerable due to his adultery and extortion scandal.


46 posted on 02/05/2010 7:48:33 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: SumProVita

This November, among with every other Representative.


47 posted on 02/05/2010 7:50:46 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: whatisthetruth

While I am pro-life with no exceptions (and believe that rape and incest exceptions are obscene—why should the baby be killed for the sins of the father?), I recognize that many pro-lifers allow for exceptions in cases of rape and incest (in fact, that’s George W. Bush’s position).


48 posted on 02/05/2010 7:58:16 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Then, by all means, let’s get rid of Pelosi too:

http://www.danawalshforcongress.com/news.php

;-)


49 posted on 02/05/2010 10:18:41 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: yongin

Well, no skin off my nose one way or another... I endorsed Brian Krolicki. He has more reason to take out that scum Reid than any other figure in the state of Nevada.


50 posted on 02/05/2010 11:18:22 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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