Anti-Establishment Candidates Gear Up Across the Country
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by Amanda House20 Oct 20175,082
As the 2018 campaign for control of the U.S. Senate takes shape, a bevy of populist-nationalist candidates are competing for the primary endorsement of a pro-Donald Trump super PAC.
“Great America PAC is building the ‘Trump Ticket’ for 2018 and we are proud to support these candidates who have answered the call of their fellow citizens,” Ed Rollins, chief strategist of Great America PAC, said in a Tuesday press release.
Great America PAC and its sister 501(c)(4) “Great America Alliance” are confident they will come to define the anti-establishment wing of the developing Republican Party civil war. “We will be the vehicle that runs real ground campaigns and ads in those states,” Eric Beach, co-chair of the Alliance, said earlier this month.
So far, Great America has endorsed candidates for Senate including former State Sen. Kelli Ward in Arizona, businessman and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Kevin Nicholson in Wisconsin, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee, State Auditor Matt Rosendale in Montana, State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in West Virginia, and former Chief Justice Roy Moore in Alabama.
Dr. Kelli Ward – Arizona
Doctor and former State Senator Kelli Ward faces a contentious primary against sitting Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) next year.
During a campaign rally last week, headlined by nationally syndicated radio host and soon-to-be Fox News host Laura Ingraham and Breitbart News Executive Chairman and former White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon, Ward described herself as a “liberty-loving constitutional conservative who is ready to go to Washington, DC, and drain the swamp.”
“Who wants to build the wall?” Ward asked cheering supporters in Scottsdale Tuesday.
Flake, nicknamed the “Sanctuary Senator” by Ward, is one of the most unpopular senators in Congress. An outspoken Trump critic, Flake wrote a book about his opposition to the president in which he blames conservatives for Trump’s rise. Flake titled his book Conscience of a Conservative in reference to the generationally significant volume by his predecessor as Arizona’s U.S. senator and 1964 Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater. David Bozell, grandson of L. Brent Bozell Jr., the man who ghost-wrote Goldwater’s book, wrote a scathing review of the book for Conservative Review, claiming, “It makes no sense at all. It’s a recipe for electoral disaster, and it just goes to show you how far detached he is from where the base that put him into power is.”
According to Bozell, Flake “blames conservatives, he blames the president, he blames Obama, he blames the Internet, talk radio” in his book that “ripped off [my grandfather’s] book’s cover and [that] book’s title.”
“Jeff Flake stands, on almost every issue, diametrically opposed to President Trump. He voted for a guy who he knew couldn’t get elected president because he despised the Trump agenda so much,” Laura Ingraham said at a recent campaign event.
Polling has Ward up big against Flake.
Wisconsin’s open primary pits businessman and decorated marine veteran Kevin Nicholson against fellow conservative State Senator Leah Vukmir, around whom establishment support is coalescing. As with many emerging anti-establishment candidates, Nicholson has confirmed he will not support Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
“Kevin supports term limits for himself and the full Senate, including leadership,” Nicholson campaign spokesman Michael Antonopoulos said, according to McClatchy. “The conservative grassroots–and Americans across the board–strongly believe that career politicians aren’t getting the job done and that we need new leaders and fresh ideas in Washington. Kevin could not agree more.”
Kelli Ward has also personally endorsed Nicholson.
If Nicholson were to secure the Republican nomination, he would face Democratic incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) in a state President Donald Trump won. Trump’s victory in last year’s election was the first for a Republican presidential candidate since 1984.
U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) speaks at the Freedom Summit at The Executive Court Banquet Facility April 12, 2014 in Manchester, New Hampshire. The Freedom Summit held its inaugural event where national conservative leaders bring together grassroots activists on the eve of tax day.
In the wake of Senator Bob Corker’s announcement to retire at the end of this term, Tennessee Representative Marsha Blackburn, and the American Conservative Union’s 2015 pick for the most conservative potential Speaker of the House, has emerged as the clear frontrunner to replace him.
Blackburn’s announcement for Senate proved too much for social media network Twitter who promptly censored her initial campaign ad video because it mentioned that she “stopped the sale of body parts,” a reference to her chairing the House Select Investigative Panel on Planned Parenthood. Twitter deemed the ad “inflammatory.”
Tennessee sources tell Breitbart News that McConnell and his allies are desperately searching for an alternative to Blackburn, as Breitbart News Washington Political Editor Matthew Boyle reports.
In addition to her solid conservative voting record on refugees and the travel ban, Marsha has made a name for herself in Washington opposing “net neutrality.”
Matt Rosendale – Montana
State Auditor Matt Rosendale is campaigning on an America first platform in Montana and secured the Great America PAC endorsement last week.
Focused on the need to repeal Obamacare and build a wall on the U.S.’s southern border, Rosendale is hoping to face vulnerable red-state Democrat Sen. Jon Tester in the Big Sky State.
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