Eric Cantor vs The Tea Party In North Carolina
Eric Cantor's Young Guns PAC plunked down close to $400,000 this week in NC-08, not to beat drowning Blue Dog Larry Kissell-- probably the second most vulnerable Democrat in America (after Georgia Blue Dog John Barrow)-- but to beat Tea Party candidate Scott Keadle. Keadle, a dentist and grassroots activist will face Establishment hack Richard Hudson next Tuesday, July 17 in a primary runoff and then the winner gets to beat Kissell in November and help the DCCC waste as much as $2 million.
Hudson, once an aide to defeated multimillionaire Robin Hayes, who represented the district before Kissell beat him (when Kissell was still posing as a populist) led in the 5-man primary with almost a third of the vote. Eric Cantor has been orchestrating a vicious series of attacks against Keadle, who is viewed by the Inside-the-Beltway Establishment as too independent-minded and extreme. Tuesday Cantor's PAC, which has been gifted $5 million in Chinese organized crime money, announced it had just spent a fortune on more anti-Keadle TV and radio ads, as well as mailers. Previously Cantor's PAC gave Hudson $75,750. Cantor cronies at the American Action Network have also announced that they'll be spending heavily on TV to tear down Keadle, although they're trying to keep the ad, "Layers," out of the hands of the media. Cantor, Boehner, Ryan, McCarthy and their pals hope to crush the Tea Party's fondest hope of winning a seat by burying them in cash. And Tea Party financiers like the Koch brothers and Dick Armey are not interested in the race. Neither are fair-weather friends like Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, and Michele Bachmann.
Meanwhile, the far right Hudson Project and the Club For Growth endorsed Keadle and put up some lame and ineffective ads. Two of the losers from the primary, Vernon Robinson and John Whitley, have endosed Keadle, as have fascist anti-immigrant lunatic Jim Gilchrist, Citizens United and Red State. Red State started warning in April that Cantor would try to steal the race for the Establishment.
There is a reason why this is Cantor’s first independent expenditure on behalf of a Republican challenger. Keadle will never beat to the drum of leadership. Richard Hudson is a creature of Washington with his robust ties to GOP establishment leaders.
People often ask me where they could get the best value for their political contributions. There are a few good stars this cycle, but if I were forced to pick the best individual to support, it would be Dr. Scott Keadle. If you don’t believe me, just ask leadership.
And Monday Red State was at it again Monday, pushing Keadle even as they come to grips that Cantor was drowning their dreams in a flood of Adelson cash. They're hoping they can accomplish in NC-8 what they did in the Indiana Senate race. I'm sure Kissell is too-- but it won't matter for Kissell since he's so alienated the Democratic base that he might as well start looking for a job as a lobbyist now-- not than anyone would ever hire him.
Conservative Scott Keadle-- who has been endorsed by Red State, the Club for Growth, Citizens United, and the Madison Project-- will be facing off against establishment-hack Richard Hudson in a runoff-election to face faux blue dog Democrat Larry Kissell in North Carolina District 8. This is a conservative district and is ripe for picking this November; however, we must pick off the seat with the right Republican.
Throughout this election season, we have seen a number of candidates run to the right during primaries in the hope that voters will fail to look into their souls. Most House candidates are successful at this endeavor, especially those without a record in public office. After all, they can tell voters anything, and there’s not much information to refute their claims.
One such creature is Richard Hudson. Hudson talks the talk of an intrepid conservative, yet there are clear warning signs to the contrary for anyone who understands the political dynamic of establishment Republicans.
Hudson has served as a Chief of Staff to establishment Republicans on the Hill for years. He served as the top aid to a member who voted for the debt ceiling deal and the omnibus bill in 2011-- the two worst pieces of legislation to come out of Congress that year. Somehow he just wasn’t strong enough to convince his boss to vote the right way, assuming he tried at all.
While Hudson tosses out the red meat on God, guns, and babies (who wouldn’t in a southern district?), he has shown himself to be wanting on issues pertaining to free markets and government intervention. He has sent out mailers hitting Keadle’s support for free trade as a gift to China-- a typical talking point we hear from Barack Obama. He also loves himself some subsidies.
Most importantly, you can tell a man by his friends and supporters. Hudson, who came of political age at the feet of the Republican establishment, is being supported by all establishment players. In fact, Young Guns Action Fund is so scared of Keadle’s promise to challenge leadership that they are running ads and mailers against him all over the district. The only other Republican who has incurred negative attacks by Young Guns was Richard Mourdock when he was challenging Dick Lugar. It appears that they are as confident in Hudson’s support as they were in Lugar’s. Hudson has also received support from Kevin McCarthy, John Boehner, and Paul Ryan’s PACs. Now there is word that American Action Network will be coming to Hudson’s aid with anti-Keadle ads.
Welcome to Lugar vs. Mourdock 2.0. There’s a reason the establishment fears Keadle; he will not be co-opted.
Any Tea Partt patriots looking for revenge against Cantor, you're more than welcome here.