Skip to comments.Defeat for another House seat-Business as usual is the way to blow the 2010 opportunity
Posted on 03/23/2010 9:43:13 AM PDT by smoothsailing
March 23, 2010
By D. Patrick Mahoney
Since President Obama was sworn in, the Republican Party has won surprise statewide victories in New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts. But in a big year for the party, Republicans lost all five special House races, including two in ruby-red districts because House special-election candidates are not chosen by rank-and-file Republicans in a primary but rather by a handful of party insiders in a back room.
Consider the special election to replace Senate appointee Kirsten Gillibrand last spring in upstate New York's 20th District. Behind closed doors, members of state and local Republican committees chose career politician Jim Tedisco, leader of the powerless Assembly minority, to be the party's standard-bearer though he didn't even live in the district. Mr. Tedisco lost to 38-year-old upstart Scott Murphy despite 70,000-more Republicans than Democrats in the district.
Republicans farther north in the Empire State's 23rd District didn't learn any lessons from the Tedisco disaster. Last fall, they nominated liberal Assembly Republican Dede Scozzafava and rejected Doug Hoffman even though he had far more support from actual Republican voters.
Republicans recoiled at Mrs. Scozzafava and backed Mr. Hoffman, who secured a third-party nomination from the state's influential Conservative Party. Mrs. Scozzafava ultimately dropped out of the race and endorsed the Democrat, who narrowly defeated Mr. Hoffman. The Republican establishment's self-inflicted wound handed the Democrats a seat that just 10 months earlier gave the Republican candidate 65 percent...
But these nightmare scenarios are nothing compared to what the Republican establishment did on March 11 in Pennsylvania's 12th District special election to replace the late Jack Murtha....
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
I am a conservative. I believe in the sovereignty and security of this one nation, under God. I believe in the sanctity of life and that life begins at conception. I believe in marriage between one man and one woman. I believe that all children in our school systems should be educated in English and taught the civic duties and responsibilities of citizenship and patriotism. I believe that we have the responsibility and obligation to control our borders and determine who is allowed to live and work in our country. I believe in private property rights and that the death tax should be killed. I believe government economic policies should reward those who build business or save and invest their money. I believe in the right to bear arms and the right of self defense. I believe in rugged individualism and that no one owes me anything just because I live and breathe. I believe we should all practice charity in some form or fashion, especially to those who are suffering and least fortunate. But charity must be voluntary and spring from a spirit of altruism and love for your neighbor. I believe that imposed systems of wealth redistribution destroy families, produce a culture of dependence and hurt everyone. Finally, I believe there is room to acknowledge the role of our Creator in public life as stated in the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. ---Bill Russell in his own words .
There is an answer to this — eject the current county leaders and elect ones who are responsive to the people or do what is happening here and once again go around the County leadership.
County elections for leaders is so important and looks to be failing around the Country.
Normally this is where I would go on a rant about the Left, and their associated RINO brotherhood, but nobody seems to give a Rats doohickey, so I won’t.
Michael Steele = Stupid Party
These are the duchebags who pre anointed RINO Crist in Florida. It remains to be seen what the stupid leaders of the stupid party will do when their favoite RINO is crushed in the primary. Will they hold back money so the Democrat can win? will they allow crist to run third party to split the republican vote? (meeks is the democrat and just as corrupt as his mother)
Stupid is as stupid does and right now the stupid leaders are living proof.
REMEMBER BROWN WAS ALWAYS A THROWAWAY CANDIDATE NOT EVEN THE GOP LEADERS THOUGHT HE COULD WIN.
>> County elections for leaders is so important and looks to be failing around the Country.
So is Russell out of the special election ?
Yes, the local and county leaders clearly need to be replaced here and all over the country. They want corrupt pork distributors, since they collect the pork. They aren’t interested in character or good ideas. Seemingly they aren’t even interested in winning unless they can keep their little nests lined.
From the bottom up.
But we also need to replace the national leadership, which helps fund these corrupt insiders and defeat anyone who might be a threat to their corrupt practices. Michael Steele is the best known loser, but there are plenty of others who need to go.
I don’t like the poll question on the website. It cites Neugebauer’s comment and asks if there is a decorum problem. Well, yes there, is, but it has nothing to do with Neugebauer. It shows a fundamental lack of decorum to bring such a reprehensible bill to the floor of the US House in the first place, let alone to pass it.
Jack-asses....is a much better term.
Yes, but he is on the Republican Primary ballot on May 18th. The winner there will face a Democrat in November for election to a full two year term.
Whoever wins the special election will serve out the remainder of Murtha’s term, about 7 months.
so when was or is the special election ?
also May 18th.
sorry, I haven’t followed this at all.
So there is a special election on May 18 and a republican primary on May 18 ???
Local Republicans picked Tim Burns for the special election because he's a local who they think has a better chance at winning the seat, whereas Russell moved into the district to defeat Murtha, who is now deceased.
It's completely disingenuous to equate this with NY-23.
Regardless, conservatives should turn out for Tim Burns, a local businessman who got into politics with the Tea Party movement, to defeat Democrat nomineee Mark Critz, Murtha's district director. Then vote for Burns or Russell in the primary.
Correct. The whole thing was set up by the Pennsylvania Democrat Governor Ed Rendell to give the Democrats the advantage in the special election.
That's right. Fast Eddie called the special election on primary day.
I agree, Neugebauer’s comment was accurate and honest. If anyone was offended by it, they should search their own soul for the reason why.
Actually, the article is quite accurate.
But if you want to come on this thread and attempt to trash the article, go ahead, be my guest. Rob Gleason and the Burns supporters will adore you.
I have to call BullSh!T on this — so Burns, who is loosing in the polls is the candidate in the special election - unbelievable!
” It cites Neugebauers comment and asks if there is a decorum problem. “
Decorum should be outlawed in fact, make it illegal!!!
There was only one primary poll, and that was before Burns had even started advertising. A private businessman isn't going to outpoll a prior general election candidate before the campaign even starts.
There was one special election poll where Burns was trailing Critz by 5 with a big pool of undecideds. Doesn't mean much since neither candidate is well known yet. I have seen no polling matching Russell and Critz, so there's no indication that he's do better or worse.
our county leaders are clueless old people who have no clue about computers or internet. In 2008 one JUST bought a cell phone.
The level of incompetence is clueless.
The GOP has no infrastructure. Only RINO preserves.
The author, Patrick Mahoney, suggests Burns may be elected in the special election and Russell win the primary. Fine by me, though the way Russell's going I think Burns will win the primary.
Russell, however, is refusing to support Burns against Critz.
Do you think that's a good idea?
Are you also refusing to vote for Burns in the special election against Critz?
Let's just be clear where everyone stands here.
I was there at the meeting March 11th when the special election candidate was SELECTED NOT ELECTED and it was obvious the fix was in.
The Republican conferees(all 132) were all up front closest to the speakers podium. These folks were supposedly representing the wishes of the 106,000 registered Republican voters in the district.
The rest of us (about 100 or so lowly citizens and voters) were at the back of the room segregated from the front by a 20 feet buffer zone and rope poles like you see in theaters (except the ropes were actually sturdy chains).
Rob Gleason, the PA GOPs version of Tony Soprano, was gladhanding the conferees and ignoring we riffraff in the back of the room as he strutted around like a mother hen about to drop a golden egg.
When Burns spoke, ALL the applause came from the front of the room.
When Russell spoke, almost all of the applause came from the back of the room, and it was loud and sustained.
Afterwards Gleason proudly told the media he voted for Burns himself. Hes the PA GOP Chairman who oversees all the County Chairmen of the 9 counties in the district AND hes also the Cambria County GOP Chairman. Cambria County had more conferees and more votes there than 7 of the other counties. Gleasons relatives, cronies and fellow travelers are conferees in every county.
It wasnt hard to figure out what went down.
I don’t vote for Democrats, that should tell you all you need to know.
As for Russell supporting Burns in the special, it’s a dumb idea. It makes about as much sense as Burns supporting Russell in the primary. Either one who did it would send a confusing signal to their own supporters.
The Burns campaign and the local GOP establishment should drop this silly attempt to gain Russell’s support. It makes them look weak and uncertain of their ability to defeat Critz on their own.
If you don't like the local activists running the local county parties - and I've seen both good and bad where I've lived - you can organize and improve things.
Or you can bitch and moan and backstab a conservative Republican nominee because your guy doesn't get along with the local party organization and wasn't chosen.
Will you vote for Burns over Critz?
Conservative Republican vs liberal Democrat?
It's not a hard question.
As for Russell supporting Burns in the special, its a dumb idea. It makes about as much sense as Burns supporting Russell in the primary.
There are two choices in the special election: a conservative Republican and a liberal Democrat. It shouldn't be hard for Russell to pick one.
In the primary, there are two conservative Republicans running. It would not make sense for Burns or Russell to support the other in the primary, but they should pledge to support the winner in the general election.
Of course, and do you know that I'm involved in the local GOP right here in Washington PA in the 12th Congressional District? And do you know that I know far more than you ever will about the local GOP than you ever will?
But by all means, support who you want, send some money to Burns! LOL! He'll laugh his ass off all the way to the bank.
So you helped pick the delegates who voted to nominate Burns for the special election.
Look, buddy, it's tough that you lost, but what's the point of refusing to support Burns against Critz?
I’m not your buddy.
Once May 18th is past us, I expect the Burns and Russell camps to unite around the Republican candidate for the November election.
Contact me to be added to ping list.
If you happened to notice in the hit piece you posted Russell said “only half jokingly” that he would write himself in for the special election and then the author went on from there to crucify Russell.
Russell has already stated he’ll support Burns in the general election if Burns wins the primary and he has never said he would support Critz. You are being disingenulous implying that.
But you refuse to support Burns over Critz for the remaining portion of Murtha's term.
Im not your buddy.
I'm not sure what you are, but you are certainly not an intelligent conservative if you refuse to support Burns over Critz.
Mahoney is Chairman of the Iraq Veterans for Congress PAC.
Including Col. Russell, they have endorsed an impressive group of Conservative Republican candidates...
I never said that and have taken pains to distinguish between the special election, primary, and general. At some point one figures the reader will catch up.
Russell is refusing to support Burns in the special election over Critz.
Are you supporting Burns over Critz in the special election?
You’re really getting boring.
Am glad you posted and linked that. They are a fine group of candidates and exactly the kind of Conservatives we need in Congress.
I don’t know whether you think you’re cute or what by implying smoothsailing, myself and Russell are supporting Critz because Russell doesn’t publicly support Burns in the special.
Get it through your thick skull that Russell is running against Burns in the primary, that shouldn’t be hard for even you to understand.
You are a complete idiot if you think any of us would support Critz, he’s not only a RAT but a Murtha RAT. The only Republican that I know of who supports RATS in PA is the chairman of the PA party, Rob Gleason. Gleason supported Murtha for years and now it seems Gleason wants Burns over Russell, that should tell you something.
Again, I've never implied that.
I have asked over and over if you or smoothsailing support Burns over Critz in the special election. The answer should be obvious.
You have both refused to answer and resorted to distortions and personal attacks.
Russell has repeatedly indicated that he does not support Burns over Critz in the special election.
How hard is it to say, "Of course I support Burns for the special election, and I look forward to Tim's support when I win the primary and face Critz in November."
I believe from what I said in my last post you would have deduced I do support Burns in the special, he’s the only one running against Critz and I certainly don’t want that Murtha RAT in DC. Happy now?
I can’t vote for any of them and I don’t have deep pockets, the money I do have to donate is going to Russell for the primary. Does that make it clear for you?
Second your comments!
If you don’t like the local organization work to replace them and be willing to do the job yourself.
The National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition has also endorsed Col. Russell this year.
Sure - like I said, I think it's a no-brainer. I'm surprised anyone is taking a different tack.
Taking a different tack?
Maybe there are some here at FR that feel it’s none of your business but I’m not speaking for them nor implying because they won’t confide in you they support Critz.
Should Bill Russell win the primary will you be supporting him in the general?
If you do or do not answer I’ll still take for granted you will because he’ll be running against a RAT.