Mainstreet Advocacy’s website brags about its goal of Team Spirit and Republican Unity:
Our mission is to bring together those who care about this country after decades of hyper-partisanship and dysfunction in Washington. Our goal is unity instead of division, supported by a commitment to governing with core principles.
Except that it’s a nearly universally acknowledged fact that the goal of former Republican Congressman Steve LaTourette’s PAC is to elect moderates and take out those pesky Tea Party types who won’t fall in line with the status quo in Washington.
The Defending Main Street SuperPAC launched vicious attacks against Ohio State Rep. Matt Lynch, a solid Tea Party conservative who was trying to unseat LaTourette’s hand-picked successor, Dave Joyce, a big government RINO, whom Mainstreet promoted as practically the second coming of Barry Goldwater (Joyce currently has a 49% rating by Heritage Action, 16 percentage points behind the House Republican average of 65). Did I mention that Lynch decided to run against Joyce after LaTourette’s daughter filed to run against Lynch for State Rep? Defending Main Street dropped nearly $30,000 on a single mailer a week before the Ohio primary lambasting Lynch for opposing Gov. Kasich’s biennium budget. In the mailer (which used Gov. Kasich’s image), the union-supported Defending Main Street PAC dishonestly implied that Lynch opposed the governor on balancing the budget and cutting taxes. In reality, the state representative opposed the budget because it increased state spending and actually raised some taxes. In addition, Lynch was one of only six members of the legislature who sued the governor to keep him from using the controlling board to expand Medicaid against the will of the legislature. Such disloyalty could not be tolerated by LaTourette, the Ohio Republican Party, the governor, and the Defending Main Street cabal.
All in the name of unity, of course.
Defending Main Street was even more vitriolic and divisive in Idaho’s race between Rep. Mike Simpson and his Club for Growth-supported challenger, Bryan Smith. They used a strategy that has proven successful across the country: portray the incumbent as the true conservative in the race (despite voting records and scorecards to the contrary) and take votes and statements of the challengers out of context to imply that they side with the Democrats.
Because their goal is “unity instead of division,” right?
Club for Growth president Chris Chocola was also targeted with this strategy in ads Defending Main Street ran for Rep. Simpson in Idaho. A despicable TV ad took a quote from a debate between Chocola and LaTourette completely out of context and made the outrageous claim that Chocola and Smith “help Pelosi” and that Mike Simpson has been Nancy Pelosi’s “worst nightmare” (with his pathetic 46% Heritage Action score). The ad featured a clip of Chocola saying, “The person I respect most in Washington may surprise you. It’s Nancy Pelosi.” It leaves out the context of that quote where Chocola explains that he wished Republicans would be that dedicated to advancing conservative ideas.
Because nothing says “unity” like lying about your opponent.