Weekly Newsletter – 05/16/2015
Here’s a quick overview of the week’s major political events:
- TPPCF endorses Matt Bevin for Kentucky Governor!
Last year, Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund (TTPCF) was proud to endorse Louisville businessman Matt Bevin in his U.S. Senate primary challenge to current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. It took a lot of courage to be willing to stand up to his state’s most powerful politician, and that’s the kind of courage we believe America needs if we’re going to succeed in creating and passing on a better America to our children.
We have never before made an endorsement in a state-level race. But we believe Matt Bevin is worth breaking the precedent – he’s a good man, a solid Constitutional conservative, and he’ll make a great leader for Kentucky. To read more about TPPCF’s endorsement, click here.
- Pro-Clinton forces ramp up the damage control efforts.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign has suffered over the past two months from negative press about her decision to use a personal email account while serving as Secretary of State. Even more devastating to her campaign are revelations about numerous instances of accepting what appear to be bribes and engaging in ethically questionable transactions, as her private foundation accepted tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments, companies, and individuals and her husband accepted millions of dollars in speaking fees at the same time she was brokering diplomatic and business deals with those same entities in her official capacity, all revealed in Peter Schweizer’s new book,Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.
In an effort to provide damage control for Clinton, an outside organization called “Correct the Record” is restructuring as a stand-alone super PAC. With this new FEC classification, the group believes it may now coordinate with Clinton’s campaign and focus all of its attention and resources on helping to soften the blow of bad press hits in the future. Given Clinton’s disastrous record of failures and incompetence, the organization will likely do more “covering up” of her record than correcting it, but that’s a technicality.
Campaign finance experts, including several on the left, are skeptical at best, and believe any communication between Clinton’s campaign and the new super PAC would be illegal. Will a compliant media cover the story? Will campaign law enforcement authorities step in? For more, follow this link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/
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- Jeb Bush is nowhere to be found in Iowa …
Do you know where you’re going to be on August 8th? Jeb Bush does, and it’s NOT Iowa, where GOP presidential hopefuls will gather to partake in the fabled Iowa GOP Straw Poll. Jeb has already announced that he will be too busy on August 8th to participate. Instead, the former Florida Governor will be at the RedState gathering in Atlanta. Other candidates have committed that they will be able to attend both the straw poll in Iowa AND the RedState event, but Jeb Bush simply can’t swing it. Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann said in response, “We don’t buy this excuse and neither will Iowans.” For more on that story: http://www.desmoinesregister.
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- … Maybe that’s because Jeb goofed up answering the most anticipated question of the cycle.
At the beginning of any competent campaign, a candidate sits with his communications advisers and anticipates the 25 questions he or she will be asked on the campaign trail. If they do their job right, they’ll see by the end of the campaign that 90 percent of the questions they got fell into one of those 25. So if you’re Jeb Bush, and you’re anticipating questions, the very first thing you say is, “Guys, what am I gonna say when they ask me if, knowing what we know now, would I have launched the Iraq War?” Yet when FOX News’ Megyn Kelly asked him that very question in a taped interview on Saturday, he dropped jaws all over America when he said, “Yes.” What’s worse is that it took him four days of poorly attempted damage control before he finally settled on the correct answer: “Knowing what we know now, I would not invade.” Read more here:http://www.politico.com/story/