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This Republican Senate candidate wants to raise your taxes

David Perdue

David Perdue is poised to make the runoff in the Georgia Republican Senate primary, according to recent polls. He’s managed to put his name on the map through his personal largess, dropping nearly $2 million of his own money into his campaign, and quickly become the darling of the state party establishment. He’s saturated the media market, running four television ads to raise his name identification, and, as noted, that strategy has paid off.

But Perdue, the former CEO of Dollar General and Reebok, has come under scrutiny in recent days. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Perdue, cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue (R-GA), has never voted in a general primary in Georgia. Whether Perdue’s camp wants to acknowledge it or not, that’s a red flag, but it’s not the only one that has been raised in the past week.

On Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Perdue, in an interview with another local paper, floated the idea of “revenue increases” (hint: that’s a code word for tax hikes) to address the United States’ economic woes.

“Is it better to try to get out of the ditch by curbing the growth of spending or increasing revenue?” a Macon Telegraph editorial board member asked Perdue.

“Both,” Perdue replied.

“And that’s a euphemism for some kind of tax increase, of course,” the editorial board member noted.

Mississippi conservatives rejected Thad Cochran’s big spending record, and he should gracefully bow out

Chris McDaniel may not have defeated Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) outright on Tuesday night, but he might as well have. A majority Mississippi Republicans — 51 percent, to be exact — voted against a 42-year incumbent senator who is symbolic of everything that’s wrong with the GOP.

In other words, the writing is on the wall for Cochran. His path to victory in the June 24 runoff is almost nonexistent, which means that he’ll have to, you know, actually campaign and have a coherent message for the next 19 days. He’ll have to answer for his votes for TARP, Medicare Part D, tax hikes, pork barrel spending, and to raise the debt ceiling.

McDaniel, however, is the real deal. His limited government message, presented in contrast to Cochran’s big spending record, resonated with plurality of Mississippi Republicans, and the momentum is clearly on his side.

“I think we have a roadmap to prosperity. The Constitution works, the free market works,” McDaniel told United Liberty in a mid-April interview. “America works, freedom works, and if you unleash people by getting government off their backs, you’ll see our economy take off again. I believe that.”

Most political observers say that McDaniel has the advantage in the runoff, where the electorate tends to be more conservative, and they’re right. His grassroots conservative supporters will almost certainly show up.

Mother Jones: FreedomWorks isn’t a grassroots organization promoting Liberty…they really want to fight cancer

Tea Party Movement

Mother Jones, best described by Erick Erickson as a far-left magazine eager to destroy everyone on the right, just released another leak of “internal docs” relating to FreedomWorks’ challenging the organization’s billing as a grassroots outfit – then charging that they are bankrolled and run by big-money donors.

Mother Jones essentially claims FreedomWorks is astroturfing:

FreedomWorks, the national conservative group that helped launch the tea party movement, sells itself as a genuine grassroots operation, and for years it has battled accusations of “astroturfing”—posing as a populist organization while doing the bidding of big-money donors.

These are pretty common charges. During Tea Party protests in 2009 and 2010, leftists and the mainstream media frequently made charges of astroturfing. God forbid people actually be pissed off enough with Washington to actually take a stand.

Some of the comments on the Mother Jones article encapsulate their argument even further:

— “Good Lord this is scary. We must stay on top of these people.”

— “It all boils down to the money.”

Wait! It gets better:

FreedomWorks backs Dan Liljenquist in Utah

Given that FreedomWorks had targeted Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) so heavily in the lead up to the Utah GOP convention last week — pointing out his atrocious voting record, which includes voting for half of the national debt during his time in Washington, I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that the group’s PAC has endorsed Dan Liljenquist, who will square off against Hatch in the June primary:

FreedomWorks for America announced today its endorsement of Dan Liljenquist, candidate for United States Senate representing Utah. Liljenquist won 40.8 percent of the delegate vote at last Saturday’s Utah GOP Convention, denying incumbent Senator Orrin Hatch the 60 percent necessary to avoid a June primary.

“Dan Liljenquist is an energetic fiscal conservative who will take a leading role in spending cuts and the repeal of ObamaCare from day one,” commented Russ Walker, National Political Director for FreedomWorks for America.

“We have been working with Utah conservatives since last May to elect the strongest and most consistent advocate for conservative economic policy, and Dan has proven himself to be the man for the job. He will be a great addition to support fellow Utah Senator Mike Lee expanding the conservative coalition in the Senate.”

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