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Yesterday, we published the transcript from a 20-minute phone interview I conducted with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on the topic of his newly created GOHConservative PAC. Gohmert described the PAC as a means for providing support to “conservatives who [GOP] leadership was not going to help.”

During the interview, Gohmert made a disturbing claim about current GOP leadership. The claim drew responses later in the day from the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senate Committee. Said Gohmert:

I’ve had people tell me that Republican donors to Senate members have had people call them, tell them “don’t help this Republican or that Republican because the party doesn’t like what they stand for.” Are you kidding me? And then they bash the Tea Party people, and say they’re the problem?

To be clear, Gohmert is claiming that the GOP privately contacted specific donors and told those donors to withhold money from conservative/Tea Party candidates.

Raffi Williams, deputy press secretary for the RNC, responded by email to Gohmert’s claim:

The RNC is actively working to build a better, stronger Party that can win elections in 2014 and beyond. The Tea Party has been and will continue to be an indispensible part of getting more conservatives elected to office.

Also, NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen emailed the following statement:

We really don’t know what Congressman Gohmert is referring to. The conservative grassroots movement and the tea party brings energy, enthusiasm, and a commitment to defend liberty that is essential in building a Republican Senate majority.

On Monday evening, Gohmert emailed me this exclusive statement in response to the RNC and NRSC:

It’s a bit concerning that the RNC and the NRSC leadership don’t acknowledge or aren’t aware of efforts to undermine grassroots and Tea Party candidates. It is critical that establishment Republicans understand that they cannot keep alienating independent minded but caring Americans who want a choice in an election and not a Democrat-lite. As a result, last election, too many conservatives simply stayed home.
We have forwarded Gohmert’s latest statement to the RNC and NRSC, and we will publish any further responses via updates to this post, so do check in later.

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Considering the barbs that some Republicans have thrown at Tea Party conservatives publicly, it would be surprising if there were not some anti-conservative shenanigans behind the scenes. Of course the GOP establishment wants Tea Partiers to help get people to the polls in the general election, but that doesn't mean they want conservatives to have much say in choosing the candidates.

That said, the time to fight these battles is in the run-up to the primaries. Conservatives who sit out an election and let Democrats win, rather than do everything possible to stop the Democrats, are morons. They're not "sending a message to the GOP to give us more conservative candidates," as they imagine -- because the message the party leadership receives is "the electorate prefers Democrats, so we need to be more centrist."
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Maybe it's just a few rogue agents in the Cincinnati office
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Death to the Republican Party.
Long live the Tea Party.
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Apparently the RNC has forgotten its total and complete lack of help for Cuccinelli. They preferred that McAuliffe win the Virginia governorship than allow a Tea Party candidate to win.

Screw the RNC. And any other mainstream Republican organization. They are just as much the enemy as the Democrats.
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Don't waiver Tea Party conservatives. The moderate Republicans are no better than Democrats. The GOP is getting the message but might need to stumble a few more times. There is zero energy in the moderate Republican party.
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Mostly the TP can bring votes and money. Then they can just sit down and shut up and let the real professionals take it from there.
33 weeks ago
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The REAL professionals, you mean the ones that LOST in 2008 and AGAIN in 2012, those "professional" losers? The Tea Party win in 2010 is the only gain the GOP has seen since 2004. Great track record there.

LOL, you think Conservatives are just going to give our ever decreasing (thanks to big government DimocRats and DimocRat-Lite Republicans) money, and still vote for people that refuse to represent us, and stab us in the back every chance they get?

You're delusional. We can get that same kind of "representation" from the DimocRats.
33 weeks ago
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Nope, I'm not delusional. I am sarcastic.
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OH, ok very sorry then. I didn't catch it. Wow, you really sounded like some of the progressive Republicans I've been arguing with lately. :)
33 weeks ago
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I wonder how much of this is a false flag operation by the democrats. The only way they win or keep things close this November is by conservatives staying home. I couldn't think of a better way to get that done than start a whispering campaign to get TEA Party & Beltway Republicans p___ing on one anothers' legs between now and then.

The left traffics in voter suppression. They did it in 2008, 2012 and they are doing it again. Don't let them get away with it. Cheers -
33 weeks ago
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Your theory might have some credibility given the dirty politics and lawlessness that is commonplace from the DimocRats. However, most Conservatives like myself are not disillusioned with the GOP because of things we've heard or read. We're upset with the GOP because of the things they've DONE or NOT DONE.

The GOP has abandoned many of their core principles, the pledge to never raise taxes, the flip flop by many GOPe on Obamnesty, willingly going along with MULTIPLE debt "ceiling" increases. Declaring war on Conservatives and Tea Party supporters.

These are just a few of the examples of things the GOPe has DONE to alienate, undermine and completely marginalize anything aimed at fighting bigger government or anything Conservative at all.

And this isn't just about the last few months. Big Government, DimocRat-Lite Republicans have been stabbing Conservatives in the back every chance they get for decades. And people like McCain, McConnell, Grahamnesty, Boehner and many others have not hidden their hatred for us "wackobirds".

And they expect us to just keep taking it and still send them money and vote for them? Not happening.

And I AM a lifelong Conservative and up until November 2012 a registered Republican for all my voting life. I'm now unaffiliated, and the GOP may never get me back.
33 weeks ago
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Problem with all this is that we stay home when P/O'd. The Left sucks it up and redoubles. They know what we do and we do it election after election.

The problem is that they hate us more than they do each other. OTOH, we hate each other more than we hate them. You can only shoot yourself in the foot so many times before you can't walk any more.

Our job as I see it is to drag the Beltway types kicking and screaming into our view of the world. The real opening in at the down-card races, where few votes elect people. Pack those with TEA Party types and the upper levels will follow however reluctantly. Cheers -
33 weeks ago
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I'd be surprised if they weren't doing as described. It's the only chance they've got to keep their snouts in the far end of the trough.
33 weeks ago
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We all keep hearing from the GOP "leadership" that sackless, DimocRat-Lite Republicans like Mitch McConnell should be supported by everyone because no matter how much we dislike him, "he's still better than a Democrat".

I beg to differ. I contend that if you look at the last 5 years of Mitch in the Senate, and you swap him out with any (D), NOTHING of substance would be any different than it is right now.

If that's not a major indicator that he needs to go, I don't know what is.
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We already know all too well what happens when the RNC/RNSC squat in the driver's seat.

Time to move the shoe to the other foot: Get rid of them. Then rebuild. And enjoy explaining to the old guard's denizens and drones how they will then face a choice between voting for new blood or sulking at home. Should strike a chord, don't you think?

To complete this entry for mixed metaphor du jour, if it walks, talks and squawks like a duck, then it smells like last week's fish.
Screw 'em.
33 weeks ago
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Judging from the comments I've read here, about two thirds of pjmedia comments support Gohmert while the other third knows a friend with a mother or step-sister making oodles of money on the internet.

The RNC is less popular here than spam.
33 weeks ago
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Whoa, hold on there. I actually likes me a little fried spam and eggs every now and then. :)

The GOP...yeah, not so much.
33 weeks ago
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I learned my lesson about the GOP establishment types many years ago, 1965, when I was a delegate to the first Republican convention in my district. When I walked in the door, I was greeted by a committee chairperson who handed me a list of candidates to vote for to go to the state convention. The ones they wanted to go already had a check mark by their names and I was "encouraged" (instructed) to vote for the ones checked. When I asked why, the reply was that the committee and the party felt they represented the party better than the others on the list. After reading the list of names, I knew several who were conservatives but no check mark by their names. When time came to vote, I voted who I wanted (in vain of course) to be a delegate. Afterwards, I handed the head of the local party my "membership card" and informed them that if this is the way they were going to conduct business, they definitely did not need me.

The usual suspects were of course the elitist element who lived in the more affluent neighborhoods of the city and county. They were looking for robots, not thinking members of the party. Since then, I do tend to vote Republican but officially, I became and remain an independent conservative voter.
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