Skip to comments.Inside the Messy but Moneyed Republican Plan to Neutralize the Tea Party (Empire strikes back)
Posted on 10/24/2013 9:47:14 AM PDT by Bigtigermike
It took a tea party insurrection that disabled the federal government and wrecked the Republican brand, but after months of handwringing, establishment Republicans are preparing to attack ultra-conservative ideologues across red America.
From Alabama to Alaska, the center-right, business-oriented wing of the Republican Party is gearing up for a series of skirmishes that it hopes can prevent the 2014 mid-term election from turning into another missed opportunity. But this will not be a coordinated operation. It will be messy, ugly, and prone to backfiring. And if the comeback succeeds, it will be in fits and starts, most likely culminating in the selection of a presidential nominee in 2016.
"Hopefully we'll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them," said former Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, whose new political group, Defending Main Street, aims to raise $8 million to fend off tea party challenges against more mainstream Republican incumbents.
Tactics being discussed among Republican strategists, donors, and party leaders include running attack ads against tea party candidates for Congress; overthrowing Ron Paul's libertarian acolytes dominating the Iowa and Minnesota state parties; promoting open primaries over nominating conventions, like the ones that produced Republican hardliners like Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli and shutdown-instigator Mike Lee of Utah; and countering political juggernauts Heritage Action, the Club for Growth, and FreedomWorks
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NR is losing their way. The Democrats shutdown the government (partial shutdown for show) and the RINOs wrecked the Republican “brand”.
You mean like 2010 was ...
The keep saying that as if it is fact and not conjecture on their part (or wishful thinking)
Morons. They ran an Establishment candidate for Pres in 2008 and 2012 and lost. When the Tea Party got fired up in 2010, the GOP took back the House. Do they want a repeat of 2012, with the Tea Party (aka Conservatives) staying home? Do they want to guarantee a Dem victory in 2014?
The message of 2010 is lost on them. 100% completely lost.
Always remember: the less partisan the name, the more partisan the organization. "Defending Main Street", who can argue with that, what are you, some kind of Wall Street banker?
It is profoundly interesting to me that they seem more exercised against the Tea Party than they have EVER been against their dem opponent...but that’s OK, I will be more adamantly opposed to them than I will be to the dems.
They are no different than dems, it is power they seek, not right, not liberty, not justice - but power.
The GOPe wants to vanish in 2014
Numbers may not be enough unless we empty our wallets. They will have K street dollars o’plenty pouring in to their side. We MUST support Tea Party candidates financially or we’re screwed.
Ha! More like Defending BIG Biz/US Chamber of Commerce, who've joined ranks with progressives, everywhere.
GOPe who stand for nothing but “I can get elected if I work with the liberals” wrecked the Republican brand. Their “wing” of the party stands for exactly the same thing the Democrats do:
- Pro Amnesty
- Pro Obamacare
- Anti Individual liberty
And on...and on...and on...
So Steve, how do you expect your sturmtrupen tactics to translate into actual votes for the GOP-E?
And Steve, if somebody gets in my face, then he'll be hauled away on a stretcher. I guarantee you that!
What do moderate Republicans have to offer? Capitulation and compromise with the collectivists? That goes over well.
My former congressman is mad bout everything after 2010 so he is waging war within the party. Typical.
Folks...look....I wrote an entire book on the evils of the GOP estabs...but why why why do we take the bait of lib publications like National Journal or Politico or Huff Po to just have basiclally a self flagellation thread on this.....don’t you see they are playing you for suckers????
Just doing the job the demonrats can’t do.
Send them to hell..........
On Thursday, March 17, 2011 LaTourette became one of only seven Republicans who voted “NO” on a measure introduced in the US House of Representatives to strip all government funding from NPR.
In a meeting with transit advocates, LaTourette disparaged fellow legislators, referring to them as “knuckledraggers that came in in the last election that hate taxes,” due to their reluctance to even consider revenue as part of a compromise to extend the debt ceiling.
On June 28, 2012, LaTourette was one of only two Republicans (along with Scott Rigell of Virginia) who voted against a motion to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress, though he did vote to bring civil charges against Holder, for his handling of the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal.
Steven C. “Steve” LaTourette (born July 22, 1954) was the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 19th congressional district and then Ohio’s 14th congressional district, serving from 1995-2013. In the House, LaTourette was a member of the Appropriations Committee and previously served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He was an active Co-Chair of the bipartisan Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition. LaTourette is the President and CEO of the Republican Main Street Partnership, and Chairs the Board of the Northeast-Midwest Institute, a Washington-based, private, nonprofit, and nonpartisan research organization dedicated to economic vitality, environmental quality, and regional equity for Northeast and Midwest states.
Main Street Advocacy
Welcome to something refreshing on the Republican landscape! Its unity instead of division, pragmatism instead of social dogma. Its what our party has traditionally stood for and we take pride in that heritage. It was Republicans that led the fight for civil rights first in abolishing slavery, then in expanding equal rights for women, and then in fighting to end racial inequality. Republicans busted up the big trusts and fought against corporate monopolies. Republicans fought for environmental protection and against political patronage. Republicans ended the Vietnam War and won the Cold War without firing a shot.
Our party must rebuild a governing coalition a coalition that puts results ahead of politics committed to making Washington work again. We must reach out to independents, disaffected Democrats, centrists, suburbanites and young voters, offering pragmatic, common sense solutions to the complex challenges facing our country today.
Our mission is to bring together those who care about this country and this party after decades of hyper-partisanship and dysfunction in Washington.
Our goal is unity instead of division, a commitment to governing with core principles, and a party with a proud past and an optimistic future.
THATS Main Street Advocacy!
Detroit News: Tables Turn on the Michigan Tea Party
September 26, 2013
From the Detroit News: The tables are turning on the tea party, at least in Michigan. For the past two election cycles, tea party candidates have unseated congressional incumbents of both parties: Democrats who backed Obamacare and other big spending programs and Republicans who didnt hew close enough to conservative ideology. Now, two of those [ ]
LaTourette on Who is to Blame for Dysfunction in Washington
September 21, 2013
From the Washington Post: There has been a lot of talk in both Democratic and Republican circles about whetherHouse Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) can lead his caucus. Incidents such as the defeat of the farm bill on the House floor have been cited to support this narrative. But much of the blame for Washington failures has been mislaid. [ ]
Main Street Advocacys Steve LaTourette on MSNBC
September 18, 2013
Centrist Group Pledges to Defend Members of Congress Who Vote for a Grand Bargain
November 27, 2012
Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) The most important pledge a member of Congress takes is their pledge to do what is in the best interests of the men and women who elected them. (Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), released the following statement on behalf of the Main Street Advocacy Fund: Over the [ ]
Isn’t it amazing that the middle, centrist, “moderate” side is exactly the same as the leftist, socialist, commie, “Democrat” side??
Too bad they don’t work as hard getting rid of DEMOCRATS instead of someone in their own party!
The enemies of liberty will never rest. But at least they’ve broken cover.
“LaTourette disparaged fellow legislators, referring to them as knuckledraggers that came in in the last election that hate taxes”
Yes, that is what is wrong with DC...people ELECTED to CUT TAXES! LaTourette is a fool!
The RINO-Dems are united against a common enemy: grass-roots conservatives
They're not center-right. The RINOs are the Trotskyite wing of the far-left, right beside the Leninist/Stalinist wing (the Democrats).
Yet another guy who had to pretend to be a Republican to get elected
"LaTourette disparaged fellow legislators, referring to them as "knuckledraggers" that came in in the last election that hate taxes"
"We're going to be very aggressive and we're going to get in their faces."
Where have we heard that before?!
OBAMA TO SUPPORTERS: "GET IN THEIR FACE!"
Bump for later...
F the Whigs.
“New,” sort of. It’s just another spin off “inside” part of the Main Street Republicans. No conservative should vote for a member of the Republican Main Street group.
GOP group: No more free pass for Club for Growth
A self-described centrist Republican group says it will go dollar for dollar against the Club for Growth in upcoming House races.
The era of the Club for Growth getting a free pass is over, said former Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) in a statement from the group, Main Street Advocacy.
The Club PAC fired back to what it called an attack from Simpsons liberal allies.
Fighting between the groups has been underway for some time this year in February, LaTourette called the Club a cancer that has attached itself to the Republican Party, a charge he repeated this week.
The former lawmaker, an ally of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), said at the beginning of 2013 that he was aiming for the groups super PAC to raise $10 million.
Political arms of the Club for Growth spent $17.9 million on federal elections during the 2012 cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
One day out of office, former Rep. Steve LaTourette on Friday slammed GOP House members who didnt support John Boehner for speaker.
I really wish these new folks well, but yesterday was not a good sign that thats going to happen, LaTourette said on CNN. Twelve people, it was either nine or 12 who just left the reservation and dont vote for the speaker. That vote is a no-brainer. Its all about whether or not your party is going to control the agenda.
LaTourette, a close Boehner ally, also defended the speaker from tea party criticism following the Houses passage of the fiscal cliff deal earlier this week.
What, these chuckleheads think that having Nancy Pelosi speaker of the House is better for the Republican Party? I dont think so, the Ohio Republican said. So they really have to come to terms why are they here? If theyre just here to vote no we can train a monkey to vote no.
King: Halt donations to House GOP
LaTourette: Tea party claim is 'crap'
LaTourette blames polarizing climate
Wind credit stalls despite bipartisan support
On one level, the wind credit is just another casualty of the ongoing tussle between conservative budget hawks who want to rein in government spending and business-minded Republicans who support subsidizing industrial innovation. But what makes this tax break unusual is the damage that's already being done and the possibility that inaction could devastate an industry that Congress has propped up for two decades.
Its a horrible way to do business, Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) said. But thats the way the place works.
Main Street @MainStreetGOP 21 Oct
Will a Moderate Republican Movement Rise from the Ashes of the Shutdown? Via @buzzfeed http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/will-a-moderate-republican-movement-rise-from-the-ashes-of-t
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Steve LaTourette 8 Oct
Thanks to @CNN for having me on this morning!
Steve LaTourette 21 Sep
Check out my oped in today’s @washingtonpost on who is to blame for dysfunction in DC http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dont-blame-boehner-for-house-dysfunction/2013/09/20/511aa3a0-2208-11e3-a358-1144dee636dd_story.html
Steve @LaTourette 18 Sep
For those who missed my appearance on MSNBC last night: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/45755883/ns/msnbc-the_last_word/vp/53037950#53037950
Steve @LaTourette 17 Jul
Great Washington Post story on Centrist GOPers Fighting back against the Club for Growth http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/07/17/snowe-centrist-gop-group-go-to-war-with-club-for-growth/
Home of Arlen Specter too, when he was living.
I see Freepers who finally realize that the Republican Party have been sabotaging Conservatives for 30 years running.
Who realize that the GOP hates us, and wants us gone so as not to embarrass them anymore.
Why is refusing to play the battered wife somehow a bad thing?
Apparently the party will now suffer from LaTourette’s syndrome...a new neurological disorder characterized by physical and vocal tics...based on Tourettes syndrome, in which people say inappropriate things creating awkward moments...in this case, perhaps a third party
Not a single problem with that plan in the Northeast or California. Only way it goes further than that is if they control the voting machines.
Either way I do not care, there is no way will I ever voter for another rino no matter what conservative they pin to his coattails to make him palatable to conservatives....NO VP MATTERS. I was over that with McCain and nobody could convince me Romney would be making a difference today, he would be part of the McCain wing being idiots today throwing us into communism as fast as they can.
Steve LaTourette leaves Congress with bipartisan praise
“It really is not going to be the same around here without my good friend Steve LaTourette, but our friendship will continue,” said Boehner.
“We need more members of Congress like Steve,” added Fudge, who applauded LaTourette’s votes with Democrats against defunding National Public Radio and holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. “Words cannot begin to describe the void Steve’s departure will create.”
When he announced his retirement from Congress this summer, LaTourette said his chief reason for leaving was frustration with partisan gridlock that was blocking enactment of everything from a deficit reduction package to a long-term transportation bill.
“The atmosphere today and the reality in the House of Representatives no longer encourages the finding of common ground,” he told supporters at the time.
Recently Retired Boehner Ally Opens DC Lobbying Shop
Brian Beutler January 9, 2013
In his first national interview since retiring at the end of the 112th Congress, Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) — an outspoken ally of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and a critic of the hardline conservatives driving GOP politics — made light of what’s become of serving in Congress.
“I’ll go back and find something productive to do with my life,” he told The Atlantic. “As opposed to the last 18 years.”
Just three days later he figured it out. And his decision reflects one of Washington’s central and most controversial rites of passage.
LaTourette is combining forces with his lobbyist wife to help an Ohio-based law firm stand up a D.C. lobby shop. It will be called McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies.
LaTourette “will head a new subsidiary of McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm with a more than 80-year history and offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Miami and West Palm Beach,” reads a McDonald Hopkins press release celebrating its influential new influence peddler:
Before Steve and Jennifer LaTourette were married, she served in his Capitol Hill office as chief of staff. She left in 2003 and became a lobbyist for Van Scoyoc Associates, where she advanced the interests of Ohio-based clients, according to disclosure forms.
“Theoretically he’s banned from lobbying,” says Kathy Kiely, a managing editor at the Sunlight Foundation. “But what this shows you — and you see it all the time — former members go to what are essentially lobbying shops, or go to organizations that have lobbyists, even though they’re not doing the reaching out to their former colleagues, everyone knows who they’re working for, everyone who knows them.”
“These firms are ballyhooing the fact that they have these ex-members on staff,” Kiely adds. “They’re not hired for their beauty. They’re hired because they’re people who are well-connected.”
Spouses benefit from the lax rules too.
“Tom Daschle, when he was Democratic leader of the senate, his wife was a lobbyist — so that’s not unusual [either],” said Kiely. “Nor is it unusual for members to go directly to what are essentially lobbying shops. Tom Daschle is not technically a lobbyist, even though he works for what we call a rainmaker firm.”
SENATOR SUSAN COLLINS
SENATOR MARK KIRK
SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN
“It was Republicans that led the fight for civil rights first in abolishing slavery, then in expanding equal rights for women, and then in fighting to end racial inequality. Republicans busted up the big trusts and fought against corporate monopolies. Republicans fought for environmental protection and against political patronage. Republicans ended the Vietnam War and won the Cold War without firing a shot.”
Sounds like the republicans have been the liberal’s answer to the republicans all along.
Bring it on!
That says all we need to know about Steve LaTourette.
Then cringe like scolded puppies if you get into the general and have to go up against Obama's gang. It wouldn't be "bipartisan" to be aggressive and get into a Democrat's face.
They might want exactly that.
Welcome back! As we begin the new Congressional session there is much to update you on. We had a very successful campaign season. RMSP members saw victory in 13 of our 17 targeted races. We picked up two RMSP freshman in seats previously held by conservatives, and the seats we lost went to Democrats, proving the importance and value of moderate Republicans.11/16/2005 FR Post - Bass calls for new GOP House leadership
I first became aware of this bunch in 2004. GEORGE SOROS FUNDING ARLEN SPECTER!
While they are technically Republicans, I view them as fascists and socialists. Their view of the role of government fits well with the Democrat Party platform, and I believe all of the RMSP members are social liberals, none is against abortion, for example.
His wife is a DEMOCRAT lobbyist...
“Every time I write a diary about Lyin’ Steve LaTourette, the republican representative in OH-14, someone almost always mentions in the comments about his marital issues. Here are some of favorites:
He lied to his wife.
He was screwing this lobbyist, and doing deals for her, to get laid.”
Susan LaTourette never moved to Washington with her husband when he was elected to the House of Representatives in the Republican sweep of 1994. Instead, she chose to stay at home, in suburban Madison, Ohio, with their children. Last October (2003), she said, she was startled to receive his telephone call to tell her “he had a girlfriend and wanted a divorce.”
Susan LaTourette told the Hill she never really knew where her husband lived in Washington. “I think Washington corrupts people,” she said. “He was a wonderful husband and father, the best I ever saw, until he went there. I told him I was trying to get him out of the dark side — all that power and greed and people kissing up to them all the time. Now he’s one of them. All they care about is getting reelected. I hate them all.”
But two sources close to Susan LaTourette, the congressman’s wife, have told Salon that the lobbyist girlfriend is Steven LaTourette’s former chief of staff, Jennifer Laptook, whose work as a vice president for the firm Van Scoyoc Associates consists of pushing the interests of various Ohio-based clients before the staff of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, on which LaTourette sits. He is also chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management.
The affair began when Laptook was on LaTourette’s staff. Immediately upon leaving his office in March 2003, she was hired for the lucrative business of influencing LaTourette’s committee. Touting her qualifications, the Van Scoyoc Web site states: “As chief of staff, Laptook was responsible for advising on all legislative issues, particularly those that came before the committees on which Congressman LaTourette serves. Laptook worked intimately with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee staff, on which the congressman is a senior member.”
Rep. Steve LaTourette Slams Tea Party Criticism Of Weak Moderate Romney: Thats Crap
November 8th, 2012
Ohios outgoing Rep. Steve LaTourette appeared on CNN Starting Point Thursday morning, where he spoke a bit about how the Republican party should shift its focus.
He thought the Tea Party Patriots assertion that we got a weak moderate candidate in Mitt Romney was complete crap:
The Republican party cannot be a national party if we give up the entire East Coast of the United States . We dont have any Republicans in New England. We dont have any Republicans in the Mid-Atlantic states. We cant continue to diss the Latino voters . We have the right message on the finances. We have to get out of peoples lives, get out of peoples bedrooms and we have to be a national party, or else were going to lose.
He explained that his wife, a Democrat, had been very close to voting Republican until the likes of Akin and Mourdoch opened their mouths to make comments about conception through rape.
Is there a link about the Soros donation(s) to this group?