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Inside the Messy but Moneyed Republican Plan to Neutralize the Tea Party (Empire strikes back)
National Journal ^ | Thursday October 24, 2013

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.

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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

(Excerpt) Read more at nationaljournal.com ...


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“They got the guns but we got the numbers…”
1 posted on 10/24/2013 9:47:14 AM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: Bigtigermike

NR is losing their way. The Democrats shutdown the government (partial shutdown for show) and the RINOs wrecked the Republican “brand”.


2 posted on 10/24/2013 9:49:05 AM PDT by Ray76 (Get thee behind me, Obama.)
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To: Bigtigermike
can prevent the 2014 mid-term election from turning into another missed opportunity

You mean like 2010 was ...

3 posted on 10/24/2013 9:49:31 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: Bigtigermike
"It took a tea party insurrection that disabled the federal government and wrecked the Republican brand"

The keep saying that as if it is fact and not conjecture on their part (or wishful thinking)

4 posted on 10/24/2013 9:49:42 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Bigtigermike

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?
Morons.


5 posted on 10/24/2013 9:50:05 AM PDT by kgrif_Salinas
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To: Bigtigermike

The message of 2010 is lost on them. 100% completely lost.


6 posted on 10/24/2013 9:51:42 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Government: Slimy used car salesmen writing laws forcing you to buy their cars)
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To: Bigtigermike
Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, whose new political group, Defending Main Street...

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?

7 posted on 10/24/2013 9:51:59 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Bigtigermike

Bring it!

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.


8 posted on 10/24/2013 9:52:04 AM PDT by GilesB
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To: jiggyboy

The GOPe wants to vanish in 2014


9 posted on 10/24/2013 9:52:19 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Bigtigermike

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.


10 posted on 10/24/2013 9:52:19 AM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: Bigtigermike
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.

Ha! More like Defending BIG Biz/US Chamber of Commerce, who've joined ranks with progressives, everywhere.

11 posted on 10/24/2013 9:53:49 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Mr. K

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...


12 posted on 10/24/2013 9:54:18 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Government: Slimy used car salesmen writing laws forcing you to buy their cars)
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To: Bigtigermike
"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. "We're going to be very aggressive and we're going to get in their faces."

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!

13 posted on 10/24/2013 9:55:37 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Bigtigermike

What do moderate Republicans have to offer? Capitulation and compromise with the collectivists? That goes over well.


14 posted on 10/24/2013 9:57:59 AM PDT by lurk
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To: Timber Rattler

My former congressman is mad bout everything after 2010 so he is waging war within the party. Typical.


15 posted on 10/24/2013 10:03:26 AM PDT by darkangel82
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To: Bigtigermike

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/24/Hidden-In-ObamaCare-Applicants-Give-Up-Right-To-Privacy


16 posted on 10/24/2013 10:03:41 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Bigtigermike

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????


17 posted on 10/24/2013 10:08:01 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Bigtigermike

Just doing the job the demonrats can’t do.


18 posted on 10/24/2013 10:14:45 AM PDT by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: Bigtigermike

Send them to hell..........

http://www.gop.com/contact-us/


19 posted on 10/24/2013 10:17:00 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: Bigtigermike

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_LaTourette

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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

http://0.tqn.com/d/cleveland/1/0/j/d/-/-/Stevelatourette.jpg

Welcome to something refreshing on the Republican landscape! It’s unity instead of division, pragmatism instead of social dogma. It’s 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.

THAT’S Main Street Advocacy!

http://www.mainstreetadvocacy.com/about/

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 didn’t 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 Advocacy’s Steve LaTourette on MSNBC
September 18, 2013

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-last-word/53037950

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 […]


20 posted on 10/24/2013 10:22:04 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

Isn’t it amazing that the middle, centrist, “moderate” side is exactly the same as the leftist, socialist, commie, “Democrat” side??


21 posted on 10/24/2013 10:24:20 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

Too bad they don’t work as hard getting rid of DEMOCRATS instead of someone in their own party!


22 posted on 10/24/2013 10:25:55 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Bigtigermike

The enemies of liberty will never rest. But at least they’ve broken cover.


23 posted on 10/24/2013 10:27:19 AM PDT by absalom01 (You should do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, and you should never wish to do less.)
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To: GeronL

“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!


24 posted on 10/24/2013 10:27:50 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

exactly

The RINO-Dems are united against a common enemy: grass-roots conservatives


25 posted on 10/24/2013 10:28:06 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Bigtigermike
the center-right, business-oriented wing of the Republican Party

They're not center-right. The RINOs are the Trotskyite wing of the far-left, right beside the Leninist/Stalinist wing (the Democrats).

26 posted on 10/24/2013 10:29:25 AM PDT by meadsjn
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To: kcvl

Yet another guy who had to pretend to be a Republican to get elected


27 posted on 10/24/2013 10:29:27 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Timber Rattler
Bring it, a-hole! I want you to 'get in my face'! I must be one of those "knuckledraggers" he was talking about.

"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!"

28 posted on 10/24/2013 10:32:12 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: topher

Bump for later...


29 posted on 10/24/2013 10:34:01 AM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: Bigtigermike

F the Whigs.


30 posted on 10/24/2013 10:34:54 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some days...it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps....)
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To: Bigtigermike

“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.


31 posted on 10/24/2013 10:41:56 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: GeronL

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 Simpson’s “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 group’s 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.

Press Here

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One day out of office, former Rep. Steve LaTourette on Friday slammed GOP House members who didn’t support John Boehner for speaker.

“I really wish these new folks well, but yesterday was not a good sign that that’s going to happen,” LaTourette said on CNN. “Twelve people, it was either nine or 12 who just left the reservation and don’t vote for the speaker. That vote is a no-brainer. It’s 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 House’s 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 don’t think so,” the Ohio Republican said. “So they really have to come to terms why are they here? If they’re just here to vote no — we can train a monkey to vote no.”

Press Here

King: Halt donations to House GOP

LaTourette: Tea party claim is 'crap'

LaTourette blames polarizing climate

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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.

“It’s a horrible way to do business,” Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) said. “But that’s the way the place works.”

Press Here

32 posted on 10/24/2013 10:44:08 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Bigtigermike

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

Retweeted by Steve

https://twitter.com/LaTourette

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/


33 posted on 10/24/2013 10:49:46 AM PDT by kcvl
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Republican Main Street - Membership List

Home of Arlen Specter too, when he was living.

34 posted on 10/24/2013 10:50:16 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: GilesB
There is a reason that traitors are considered worse than avowed enemies. These people are traitors. They are democrats that call themselves republicans just so they can stab us in the back and hijack the Republican party. I hope that this action forces them to show their true stripes so that we may know them.
35 posted on 10/24/2013 10:50:36 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
I don't see any self-flagellation on this thread?

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?

36 posted on 10/24/2013 10:50:53 AM PDT by roses of sharon ("Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." Luke 23:43)
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To: lurk

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


37 posted on 10/24/2013 10:51:24 AM PDT by Chuckadv (Let none say “It cannot happen here.” Sophocles, "Siege of Troy" 2400 years ago)
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To: Bigtigermike
"Hopefully we'll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them,"

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.

38 posted on 10/24/2013 10:52:28 AM PDT by Lady Heron
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To: Bigtigermike

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.

http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2012/12/steve_latourette_leaves_congre.html


39 posted on 10/24/2013 10:52:54 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Bigtigermike

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.”

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/recently-retired-boehner-ally-opens-dc-lobbying-shop


40 posted on 10/24/2013 10:56:29 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Cboldt
From your link....looky who's on the Republican Main Street membership list:

SENATOR SUSAN COLLINS
SENATOR MARK KIRK
SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN

Not surprised.

41 posted on 10/24/2013 10:58:32 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: kcvl

“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.


42 posted on 10/24/2013 10:59:21 AM PDT by PeteePie (Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people - Proverbs 14:34)
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To: Bigtigermike

Bring it on!


43 posted on 10/24/2013 10:59:31 AM PDT by Socon-Econ
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To: kcvl
Recently Retired Boehner Ally Opens DC Lobbying Shop

That says all we need to know about Steve LaTourette.

44 posted on 10/24/2013 11:01:05 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Timber Rattler
"We're going to be very aggressive and we're going to get in their faces."

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.

45 posted on 10/24/2013 11:08:05 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: kgrif_Salinas

They might want exactly that.


46 posted on 10/24/2013 11:12:09 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Jane Long
That bunch of clowns represents a danger to freedom, and they are expressly anti-conservative. This from a 2005 self-congratulatory piece ...

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.

47 posted on 10/24/2013 11:13:59 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: GilesB
When Great Britain started really oppressing America, the Tories’ were unmasked. After that, there were very few people in the middle. I'm with you. Bring it on. Unmask yourselves.
48 posted on 10/24/2013 11:16:33 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Bigtigermike

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.”

From Salon:

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.”

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/10/18/258661/-OH-14-LaTourette-s-R-Infidelity#

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Rep. Steve LaTourette Slams Tea Party Criticism Of ‘Weak Moderate’ Romney: That’s ‘Crap’

November 8th, 2012

Ohio’s 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 don’t have any Republicans in New England. We don’t have any Republicans in the Mid-Atlantic states. We can’t continue to diss the Latino voters…. We have the right message on the finances. We have to get out of people’s lives, get out of people’s bedrooms and we have to be a national party, or else we’re 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.

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/rep-steve-latourette-slams-tea-party-criticism-of-weak-moderate-romney-thats-crap/


49 posted on 10/24/2013 11:16:37 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Cboldt
Interesting link from 2004. SSDD (Same Socialists, Different Day ;)

Is there a link about the Soros donation(s) to this group?

50 posted on 10/24/2013 11:20:23 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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