Main Street PAC Newsletter Winter 2012/2013

Rep. Capito Will Run for Senate

Shelley Moore-Capito has announced she will seek the U.S. Senate seat from West Virginia currently held by Democrat Jay Rockefeller.  Capito’s Senate bid received a boost when Rockefeller announced that he would not be seeking another term in 2014.

While Capito is the front-runner in any Republican primary, the Club for Growth and other ultra-conservative groups has signaled that they intend to oppose a Capito bid.

A recent WV poll showed Capito with sky-high approval ratings statewide (64%) and showed that she enjoys a wide-lead over any potential Democratic opponent including current U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall.

Main Street PAC Statement on Capito Senate Run

(Washington, DC) – Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced her intention to seek the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Jay Rockefeller. In response, Sarah Chamberlain, on behalf of the Main Street PAC, issued the following statement

“Shelley Moore Capito has been a common-sense conservative leader in the U.S. House who has compiled an impressive legislative record of success. Rep. Capito has always put the people of West Virginia first.

“Yesterday, Rep. Capito announced her intention to see the U.S. Senate. At a time when the Senate has become captive to gridlock and hyper-partisanship, Shelley Moore Capito would be a breath of fresh air.”

Main Street PAC Supported Walden to Lead NRCC

Main Street’s own Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), was elected Chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee in November of 2012.

Since his election, Walden – who is tasked with defending the GOP’s 17 seat majority in the House – has pledged to improve the NRCC’s digital outreach and its ground game:

“I look at 2014 as a grand opportunity to really improve our digital game, our database, and do the kind of work on the ground, the grassroots work, that is really important these days,” Walden said. “Sometimes I think it’s too easy to just throw TV ads up and say you’ve done your job. You need to go deeper than that and broader than that.”

Poll Shows Americans Believe GOP “Out of Touch” and “Too Extreme”

A recent poll by the Pew Research Center attracted a great deal of attention because it found that 62 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that the Republican Party was “out of touch with the American people”; only 33 percent disagreed. Even 36 percent of Republicans thought their party was out of touch. Sixty-five percent of independents also held that view, and, unsurprisingly, 77 percent of Democrats. By 52 percent to 42 percent, Americans said the Republican Party was “too extreme.” Conversely, only 39 percent saw the Democratic Party as too extreme, while 56 percent did not.

Rep. Dave Joyce Rated Most Endangered OH GOP House Member

Democrats are facing long odds and a narrow battlefield in their quest to re-take the majority in 2014.  One of the DCCC’s top targets in this quest will be Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH).  Joyce represents Ohio’s 14th Congressional District.  OH 14, which was long held by former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette, is one of the last true swing districts in the country – Mitt Romney won the district by just 3 points.

Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), head of the DCCC, says that Joyce is one of the Democrats top 10 targets nationwide in 2014 and is clearly the most vulnerable of the Ohio GOP delegation.

DCCC Outraises NRCC in January

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised more than the National Republican Congressional Committee by almost $2 million in January.

The DCCC raised $6.1 million to the NRCC’s $4.4 million in the first month of 2013.

The House Democrats’ campaign arm ended the month with $4.6 million in cash on hand but had $12.6 million in debt at the end of last month.

The NRCC had $2.8 million in the bank but posted less debt — $11 million — at the same time.

Main Street Members Tapped by NRCC to be Regional Chairs

Main Street PAC supported Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) have been tapped by the NRCC to be Regional Chairs.  Kinzinger will serve as Midwest Regional Chair and Reed will serve as Northeast Regional Chair.

Charlie Cook:  History Favors a 2014 Comeback for the GOP

Despite widespread angst about the future of the Republican Party after a disappointing electoral performance in 2012, Charlie Cook believes that history is on the GOP’s side and that the party could be poised for a comeback in 2014:

The 2014 vote is what’s known as a “six-year itch” election, with the party holding the White House usually losing a substantial number of House and Senate seats in the sixth year of its tenure. There are a variety of reasons, but at that midway point in a party’s second four years in the White House, the “in” party tends to lose energy and focus. Party leaders run out of ideas, and the “first team” in terms of personnel—the people who were there when the president took office—have often bailed out, and the second or third team is sometimes not as good. Voters tend to grow weary and to look for something different.

In the six “six-year itch” elections since World War II, the party in the White House has averaged a 29-seat loss in the House and a six-seat (actually 5.6) loss in the Senate. In 1958 (Eisenhower), 1966 (Kennedy/Johnson), and 1974 (Nixon/Ford), the party in the White House lost 48 seats; in 2006 (George W. Bush), the most recent such election, the party in power lost 30 seats. In 1986 (Reagan), the loss was just five seats, while in 1998, under Clinton, the “in” party actually gained five House seats—no doubt a backlash to Republican efforts to remove the president from office. In that same election, the Senate was a wash, and in the other five, losses ranged from four seats in 1966 and 1974 to six seats in 2006 and 12 seats in 1958.

Club for Growth Launches New Attack on GOP Members, LaTourette Responds

After the Club for Growth launched its latest attack on Republican members of the House, a website called “PrimaryMyCongressman.com,” former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) responded:

(Washington, DC) – The Club for Growth is unveiling a new website named “PrimaryMyCongressman.com” targeting current Republican members of Congress who do not march in 100% lockstep with the Club’s agenda.  In response, former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) released the following statement on behalf of the Main Street Advocacy Fund:

“The Club for Growth is a cancer that has attached itself to the Republican Party.  The only thing that grows when the Club for Growth gets involved is the number of Democrats in office.

“Thanks to the work of the Club for Growth, Harry Reid not only remains the Majority Leader in the Senate – he enjoys an even larger Democratic majority.  The Club has consistently advanced Manchurian candidates – candidates who claim to fight for conservative for policies, but in fact serve no other functional purpose than to guarantee that a Democrat wins in November.

“For a group that claims to be focused on conservative economic policies the Club repeatedly backs candidates who espouse bizarre views on rape, incest, immigrants and even witchcraft.  These candidates have no only cost us seats in the races where they were nominated – they have hurt other Republican candidates across the country and done unbelievable damage to the Republican brand.

“The left wants to caricature the Republican Party as out-of-touch and extremist and the Club spends millions to help them do this.

“This new effort by the Club is their latest attempt to intimidate members who do what they believe is in the best interests of their constituents, instead of marching in 100% lockstep with the Club for Growth.  Interestingly enough, the Club’s own President and my former colleague, former U.S. Rep. Chris Chocola (R-IN), has overseen the public flogging of sitting Republicans like U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for taking positions, on issues like trade with China, that Chocola himself took while in the House. 

“Calling the Club for Growth’s new website counterproductive would be generous.  It’s time the Club and its donors rip off the mask and come clean with voters about what they are really doing.  Perhaps a name change to the Club for Democratic Growth is in order.”