The former chiefs of staff to House Speaker John Boehner and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus are part of a concerted effort to target House conservatives with advertisements aimed at pressuring them to cave to President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty and fund it in its entirety through the end of the fiscal year.
“An outside group aligned with House GOP leadership will spend $400,000 this week to urge dozens of conservative House Republicans to vote for Department of Homeland Security funding — a new and more aggressive phase in the legislative battle among Republicans that’s consuming Capitol Hill,” Politico wrote about a new effort from American Action Network, a group whose board is home to power players including Boehner’s ex-chief of staff Barry Jackson and immediate previous RNC chief of staff Mike Shields.
The massive ad buy against Republican members by Boehner’s and Priebus’ ex-top aides, pressuring conservatives to drop their strong opposition to Obama’s executive amnesty, targets three specific House Republicans: Reps. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) and Jim Jordan (R-OH).
“The 30-second spot will run at least 50 times in each district — on broadcast, in prime slots — Tuesday and Wednesday as the House is expected to take up a DHS funding bill,” Politico wrote.
- The group says the ad campaign, which also includes radio ads on nationally syndicated shows and digital ads in dozens of other districts represented by House conservatives, is the opening salvo of a larger effort to help Republican leaders pass center-right legislation. American Action Network says it will spend millions of dollars to contact voters in the coming months. The move appears designed to give Boehner cover to end the months-long impasse over homeland security funding.
RINOTRACKER RESPONSE FROM CHRIS ADAMO
With each passing day, it becomes ever more obvious that “Republican” House Speaker John Boehner is fully collaborating with the Obama regime as it strives to bypass the Constitution in its relentless quest for amnesty. However, with this latest effort Boehner, with help from “Republican” National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, sinks to a new low, incorporating methods that are only marginally different from the bullying and intimidation tactics of Obama’s “community organizer” minions at ACORN.
Whether Boehner is responding to behind-the-scenes threats from Obama (read: blackmail), or he has totally abandoned any political philosophy to the right of Nancy Pelosi, Boehner is now operating in the full capacity of a liberal Democrat interloper holding the House Speaker’s chair under false pretenses. And Priebus’s collusion as RNC Chairman is every bit as appalling. Even the entire effort to conduct this despicable campaign below the radar represents more of the duplicitous methodology of the Obama White House.
Those being targeted by attack ads from Boehner and Priebus should immediately and forcefully respond by identifying their source, and characterizing them as the RINO “fifth column” onslaught that they are. If “Republican” phones quickly start ringing off the hooks back in Washington, to decry such detestable and underhanded chicanery, it is possible that it can be rebuffed.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, just once, Boehner and his RINO cohorts devoted a tiny fraction of this energy to actually opposing liberal Democrats, rather than continually stabbing sincere, Republican conservatives in the back?