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Conservative Leaders Urge Mitch McConnell to Resign

by Sean Moran11 Oct 20170
The Tea Party Patriots, FreedomWorks, and the Senate Conservatives Fund called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the rest of Senate leadership to resign over their inability to pass President Donald Trump’s agenda, which includes repealing and replacing Obamacare, confirming federal judges, and funding a southern border wall.

The grassroots conservative leaders chastised the members of Senate leadership, which includes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sen. John Thune (R-SD), and Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY). The conservatives argued that the Senate leadership should resign to make way for more effective lawmakers who will enact the president’s populist agenda.

Jenny Beth Martin, the co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, explained that Republicans gained a majority in Congress thanks to grassroots conservatives’ activism. In exchange for their support, Republicans promised to fulfill conservatives’ agenda. Martin said:

Those grassroots volunteers – millions of whom I represent, as Co-Founder and CEO of Tea Party Patriots – were motivated to work by the campaign promises made by Republican candidates.

They promised to end the Obama era practice of spending more than the government takes in, so we can balance the budget and pay down our $20 trillion national debt.

They promised to end the Obama era overreach of the federal government.

They promised to hold accountable the Internal Revenue Service officials responsible for illegally targeting us for our political beliefs.

They promised to nominate and confirm Constitutionalists to the federal bench.

They promised to secure our borders, protect American jobs, and end the scourge of illegal immigration.

And in their most famous campaign promise of all, they promised to repeal ObamaCare, and I quote, “root and branch.”

For nine months, our supporters have been urging Republicans in Congress to do one simple thing: Keep your promises.

Those pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

Martin stated, “But as long as Mitch McConnell is Majority Leader of the United States Senate, that illegal special exemption for Congress is going to stay in place. All these failures have one thing in common – they represent a FAILURE of LEADERSHIP,” adding that “Mitch McConnell has had his chance. He has failed to deliver. It is TIME FOR HIM TO GO.”

Adam Brandon, the president of FreedomWorks, argued that Republicans need new leadership if they ever want to pass their legislative agenda to cut taxes, repeal Obamacare, and rein in government regulations. He charged:

It’s time for new leadership. Mitch McConnell has been a failure in the Senate and has cost Republicans almost a year of victories. He has demonstrated that he either does not understand the frustration coming from conservatives and the urgency of passing key legislation – or he does not care.

He failed to repeal Obamacare with his majority in the Senate. The House has passed the REINS Act and the Financial CHOICE Act, but McConnell is exerting no energy to get those to the floor for a vote.

Now we are focused on tax reform. The House has passed its budget, and Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady is ready to work. Yet again, the Senate is not moving. They even left for a week during crunch time.

Brandon said during the press conference, “In a few months, we’re going to hear about Democratic obstruction. We can’t blame the Democrats on this.”

David Bozell of For America explained that McConnell remains incredibly unpopular, elaborating to say that McConnell has a 9 percent popularity in his home state of Kentucky, 18 percent popularity nationwide, and 40 percent net negative unpopularity among Trump supporters. He added, “The time is now for a leadership change.”

A few reporters asked the panel of conservatives whom they would support to replace McConnell as majority leader of the Senate. Martin of Tea Party Patriots and Ken Cuccinelli of the Senate Conservatives Fund suggested that Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) could serve as a great replacement. Martin said that Perdue was “CEO of a Fortune 500 company; he knows how to lead.”

Cuccinelli explained that his Senate Conservatives Fund plans to target seven out of the eight Republicans who will run for re-election in 2018, which includes Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Dean Heller (R-NV), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and John Barrasso (R-WY), a member of Senate leadership. Cuccinelli revealed, “We’re targeting everyone except for Ted Cruz.”

Brandon told Breitbart News that “Nancy Pelosi made her caucus do things that they did not want to do.” He said, “They passed a major new entitlement, so I have to give her credit for being big and bold. We don’t have that type of leadership.”

The conservative coalition wrote in a letter to the Senate leadership:

2017 has been a disappointing year for the millions of Americans who fully expected, and had every right to expect real change in Washington. Republicans were given full control of the federal government. They – you – have done nothing. Worse, it is painfully clear that you intend to do nothing because, as is most apparent, you had no intention of honoring your solemn commitments to the American people. You were not going to “drain the swamp.” You are the swamp.

You and the rest of your leadership team were given the majority because you pledged to stop the steady flow of illegal immigration. You’ve done nothing. You pledged to reduce the size of this oppressive federal government. You have done nothing. You pledged to reduce, and ultimately eliminate the out-of-control deficit spending that is bankrupting America. You have done nothing. You promised to repeal Obamacare, “root and branch.” You’ve done nothing. You promised tax reform. You’ve done nothing.

The conservatives wrote that the Senate leadership consistently chose to support Republicans that they could control rather than support strong conservative voices that could lead in the Senate. The conservative coalition said:

There sat another vote for Obamacare repeal, but you were willing to sacrifice a Republican Senate seat rather than have a conservative whom you would not control join the Senate.

Don’t blame others for falling one vote short – the fault is yours and the rest of your Gang of 5 leadership team.

And it’s not just Darryl Glenn. We remember your support for Arlen Specter, for Charlie Christ over Marco Rubio, and for Planned Parenthood’s favorite Independent candidate, (chairman) Lisa Murkowski over GOP nominee Joe Miller in Alaska in 2010.

You and your leadership team – Senators John Cornyn, Roy Blunt, John Thune and John Barrasso – have made war with your own grassroots while cynically refusing to honor one solemn pledge after another to the American people.

The conservatives concluded, “It is time for you and your leadership team to step aside for new leadership that is committed to the promises made to the American people. America is too good for you to lead it.”

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"The time for war has not yet come, but it will come and that soon, and when it does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the scabbard." Gen. T.J. Jackson, March 1861

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Good. I'm not wild about them targeting Jeff Flake in 2018, and I'm not real thrilled about who they would replace them with, but it would be an improvement.

Onward and upward,
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McConnell, GOP Senate 'establishment' urged to resign

Conservative leaders: 'America is too good for you to lead it'

Bob Unruh


Chiefs of several key conservative organizations Wednesday released a copy of a letter to the leadership in the U.S. Senate, telling Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others they need to resign from those posts because they are not capable of providing the leadership the nation needs.

It’s just the latest, and one of the highest-profile, blasts at a Republican team in the Senate that has been unable or unwilling to deliver on just about any of their own president’s agenda points so far.

Nothing on Obamacare repeal, nothing on tax reform, nothing on the border wall, and more.

Even though the GOP has the majority in the Senate, the U.S. House and controls the White House.

The letter was signed by Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, Adam Brandon, president of FreedomWorks, Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica, David Bozell, president of ForAmerica and Richard Viguerie, a political direct mail pioneer.

“You and the rest of your leadership team were given the majority because you pledged to stop the steady flow of illegal immigration,” the letter states. “You have done nothing. You pledged to reduce the size of this oppressive federal government. You have done nothing. You pledged to reduce, and ultimately eliminate the out-of-control deficit spending that is bankrupting America. You have done nothing. You promised to repeal Obamacare, ‘root and branch.’ You have done nothing. You promised tax reform. You have done nothing.”

The letter to McConnell, Majority Whip John Cornyn, Texas, Roy Blunt, Missouri, John Thune, South Dakota, and John Barrasso, Wyoming, continued, “You were not going to ‘drain the swamp.’ You are the swamp.”

The letter also cited the Senate’s failure to stop taxpayers’ forced support for abortion.

Cuccinelli said McConnell has “failed to stop liberal policies” and actually worked “to advance Obama’s agenda,” including on the Iran deal, “countless debt deals,” and amnesty.

The Senate, he pointed out, has put into office only seven of President Trump’s judicial nominees, “less than one judge a month.”

“2017 has been a disappointing year for the millions of Americans who fully expected, and had every right to expect real change in Washington. Republicans were given full control of the federal government. They – you – have done nothing,” Wednesday’s letter said.

The conservative group chiefs continued, “It is time for you and your leadership team to step aside, for new leadership that is committed to the promise made to the American people. America is too good for you to lead it.”

The letter adds pressure on the members of the Senate who flamboyantly flamed out on a recent attempt to repeal Obamacare. It was just the latest failure – after party members spent seven years promising that action if they controlled Congress and the White House.

The pressure also is being applied by groups and organizations that say they will seek to recruit primary election opponents for members of the so-called GOP establishment in Washington.

That suddenly turned into a viable option when former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, a dedicated conservative and total outsider, defeated the Washington-annointed candidate, Luther Strange, in the GOP primary to replace Sen. Jeff Sessions, now the attorney general.

WND columnist Star Parker wrote that it was with “dismay” that Washington insiders saw the Moore victory.

“The Republican establishment doesn’t want their party branded with Moore’s hardcore, outspoken Christian fundamentalism. They don’t buy it, and they’re afraid that it will spill over to challenges in upcoming Senate races and hurt their party,” Parker wrote. “But the same flawed political conventional wisdom that led Republican leadership to back the wrong candidate in this race is operating all the time, and lessons never seem to be learned.”

She continued, “Ohio Gov. John Kasich expressed his trepidations, on one of the Sunday morning talk shows, about the state of the Republican Party, and when asked if Judge Moore represents the party’s future, he said, ‘I hope not.’ Kasich ran for the presidency against Donald Trump and in the end refused to support Trump. He said he wrote in John McCain on his ballot. But McCain is a poster child for why voters are fed up with Washington.”

She explained what may be the goal for the conservatives: “If he gracefully retired in 2010, as he should have, chances are a young conservative would be in his seat, McCain’s key obstructive vote against Republican health-care reform would not have been there, and we would have a health-care bill today and the beginning of the unwinding of Obamacare.”

Former White House strategist Stephen Bannon is one of the players who advocates backing conservative challengers to settled Republican incumbents.

The letter pointed out that a good number of the agenda items already have been adopted by the House, with a president waiting their arrival so he can sign them. The only holdup? The Senate.

“President Trump and the House of Representatives have done their part,” the letter said. “You sank it all.”

David Bozell, of For America, explained, “If this was a football team, and you’d lost this many times, you’d start seriously considering firing the coaches.”

The coalition didn’t release a list of recommended replacements, but they did note there are candidates available.

“If I had to pick someone, I’d love to draft like Pat Toomey maybe,” FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon said.

A WND request for comment from McConnell’s office during office hours was rejected with a message that said the phone line was not set up to receive messages.

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"The time for war has not yet come, but it will come and that soon, and when it does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the scabbard." Gen. T.J. Jackson, March 1861

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