Conservative Intelligence Briefing Coverage of Conservative Political Candidates and Campaigns. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:48:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 #ARSen: You know it’s Harry Reid’s SuperPAC because it can’t stop lying Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:46:47 +0000 David Freddoso Democrats’ claims that Tom Cotton made a fortune working for health insurance companies have been thoroughly disproven — the Washington Post gave the claim four Pinnocchios and called it “as phony as a three-dollar bill.”

But the new ad below, by Harry Reid’s SuperPAC, tries once again to make it look like Cotton worked for health insurers — going so far as to show the words “health” and “insurance” close to one another in this image — note the word “health on the right, which was actually separated by several words from the word “insurance” in Cotton’s bio.


In fact, the experience on “insurance” referred to here had to do with Cotton’s work on a federal government program that provided insurance for home lenders. Cotton didn’t do any work for insurance companies or health insurers.

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#ID02: Mitt Romney appears in new campaign ad for GOP incumbent Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:21:55 +0000 David Freddoso Next month’s GOP primary between Rep. Mike Simpson and attorney Bryan Smith is one of the more interesting House races this year, pitting the Club for Growth against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the NRA.

Before you scoff at how much a Mitt Romney endorsement can mean for any establishment candidate in 2014, bear in mind that Idaho’s second district is heavily Mormon — and that in fact, both of the candidates in the GOP House primary are Mormon as well.

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#TXGov: Republicans have successfully defined Wendy Davis early Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:18:24 +0000 David Freddoso davisPPP just released a new poll of Texas that should add a bit of context to Democrats’ triumphalist rhetoric about turning the state Blue. The only thing to change in the last five months is Wendy Davis’ disapproval rating — it has risen even faster than her approval rating has fallen:

In the Governor’s race Greg Abbott’s at 51% to 37% for Wendy Davis. Those numbers are largely unchanged from our last poll of the state in early November when Abbott had a 50/35 advantage. Davis had a 39/29 favorability rating right after her famous filibuster last June, but since then voters in the state have mostly moved toward having negative opinions about her and now she’s at a 33/47 spread.

Republicans lead in all tested statewide races, and voters who self-describe as “conservative” comprise 52 percent of the Lone Star State’s electorate. See the full poll here. Davis’ campaign has suffered under a barrage of negative coverage.

She has gone from the champion of a controversial abortion-related cause to someone who backs away from controversy (and abortion), and to make matters worse, her inspirational life story had a few holes poked in it a few months ago.

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#LASen: Landrieu ad contains footage from faked congressional hearing Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:51:58 +0000 David Freddoso

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has a new ad that tries to establish her independence from the Obama administration. But as the Weekly Standard notes today, someone thought it would be a good idea to put fake footage of her speaking at a re-enacted hearing:

Most of the clips the ad features are from her appearances on local and cable TV news. But watch the clips of Landrieu around the video’s halfway point. They feature the senator speaking in what looks like a congressional hearing, excoriating a faceless witness. “They have to sit here and listen to the federal government say, ‘We can’t share a penny with you’? I will not rest until this injustice is fixed,” Landrieu says. “Do you think there are a bunch of fairy godmothers out there who just wave a magic wand?”

As Michael Warren notes at the link, in the real life hearing being reenacted here, Landrieu actually flubbed that line about fairy godmothers. Mind you, campaigns have been attacked for much less — some just for hiring actors. 

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How to prevent anyone from knowing Obamacare’s effects Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:43:29 +0000 David Freddoso We’ve already seen how flexible Obamacare’s statute can become for a determined president. Here, from the New York Times, is how the feds can eliminate any real way of measuring its results:

WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.

The changes are intended to improve the accuracy of the survey, being conducted this month in interviews with tens of thousands of households around the country. But the new questions are so different that the findings will not be comparable, the officials said.

An internal Census Bureau document said that the new questionnaire included a “total revision to health insurance questions” and, in a test last year, produced lower estimates of the uninsured. Thus, officials said, it will be difficult to say how much of any change is attributable to the Affordable Care Act and how much to the use of a new survey instrument.

This pretty much guarantees that the law will still have defenders, even after it’s clear that we’ve spent a trillion dollars mostly to shift people from one insurance plan to another and to prompt already-eligible people to sign up for Medicaid.

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#MI11: Chamber of Commerce officially backs Bentivolio challenger Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:57:13 +0000 David Freddoso This isn’t unexpected or anything, but take note — the Michigan Chamber of Commerce just formally endorsed David Trott, the primary challenger to Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich.

Bentivolio, a reindeer farmer and Santa Claus impersonator, is one of the least politically savvy members of Congress and one of the worst fundraisers currently serving. He won his seat by accident after Rep. Thad McCotter, R, was thrown off the ballot for submitting fake nominating petition signatures.

Bentivolio is in many ways ideologically similar to Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., but with none of the political skills. Neither Bentivolio’s nor Trott’s fundraising numbers have been posted yet for the first quarter, but Bentivolio had only $1,100 cash on hand at year’s end, compared to $700,000 for Trott.


LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced its endorsement of Dave Trott for U.S. House. Trott is seeking election to represent Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, which includes portions of Oakland and Wayne counties.

“We are pleased to announce the Michigan Chamber endorses Dave Trott for Congress,” said Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley. “Dave possesses the business experience, leadership skills and vision needed to build Michigan and America’s economic competitiveness, create jobs and move our country forward.”

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#PASen: Philly D.A. wants to pursue bribery charges against state Dems caught in sting Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:04:21 +0000 David Freddoso CaptureYou probably saw the story about how Pennsylvania’s Democratic attorney general, Kathleen Kane, killed off a public corruption prosecution after a successful sting operation that had caught Democratic state legislators on tape taking bribes. She then threatened the Philadelphia Inquirer with a lawsuit if the paper kept covering the story. She then was caught in a lie for her claim that federal prosecutors had deemed the case too weak to pursue.

On Saturday the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Philadelphia’s D.A., also a Democrat, is now demanding the evidence that he can prosecute the case himself.

HARRISBURG — Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams will try to prosecute a high-profile legislative sting case — even though, he said, Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s attacks on the prosecutors and chief witness make it “damaged goods.”

In a letter to Kane this week, Williams said he would take the case that she declined to prosecute, in which lawmakers accepted cash from an undercover informant, and all its internal correspondence and emails. The basic case file with audiotapes is the key item.

…Williams told Kane that he would be willing to take the case but conceded it’s “a matter of doubt” whether a prosecutor could win “because up to this point you have been doing everything in your power to ensure that my office could never successfully bring charges.”

“You began by attacking line prosecutors and investigators as racist because you disagreed with their judgment about the case. You have gone out of your way, repeatedly, to mention my office in connection to these charges of racism,” he said.

Williams, by the way, is black — Kane is white.

The piece linked above contains speculation that Williams wants to run for Senate (presumably against Republican Pat Toomey in 2016).  Before the revelation that Kane had killed this investigation, she was herself viewed as a viable challenger to Toomey. A successful prosecution by Williams would be an enormous black eye for her.

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#FL19: The weirdest political ad you’ll see today Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:19:22 +0000 David Freddoso Here’s an unconventional strategy for a special election in its final eight days. Curt Clawson, R, hopes to capitalize on backlash from his primary opponents’ (and their SuperPACs’) negative ads by playing 30 seconds of waves on the beach:

Paige Kreegel and Lizbeth Benacquisto both have their own SuperPACs — an unusual thing for House candidates. Clawson is a wealthy self-funding candidate. The special primary election to succeed former Rep. Trey Radel, R, in this heavily Republican district is next Tuesday.

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Maryland grocery store careful not to expand beyond 49 full-time employees #ThanksObamacare Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:39:26 +0000 David Freddoso “We won’t be hiring any baggers or any more cashiers for right now,” says the manager of this independent grocer in Silver Spring.

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#ID02: ‘Bailouts Anonymous’ ad slams Rep. Simpson Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:58:22 +0000 David Freddoso We brought this up recently and pointed out how Simpson’s defense was somewhat misleading:

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