The upcoming primaries are going to be just as important as the general election. Voters in many congressional districts will have to choose between “business as usual” or for candidates that will shake up the status quo. FreedomWorks PAC has been on the frontlines of this battle. And yesterday, they released the first round of endorsements for House candidates in the upcoming election:
After a year of intensive research, countless candidate interviews, and input from thousands of FreedomWorks activists, including many in these districts, FreedomWorks PAC is pleased to endorse its first slate of candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Each of these candidates is a clear choice for those who want to rein in the government’s reckless spending and out-of-control growth.
- Florida 22nd: Adam Hasner
- Georgia 9th: Martha Zoller
- Illinois 8th: Rep. Joe Walsh
- Indiana 2nd: Jackie Walorski
- Indiana 5th: David McIntosh
- Iowa 4th: Rep. Steve King
- Kentucky 6th: Andy Barr
- Louisiana 3rd: Rep. Jeff Landry
- Missouri 2nd: Ann Wagner
- Pennsylvania 12th: Keith Rothfus
FreedomWorks PAC Executive Director Max Pappas commented, “Through extensive personal interviews, detailed research of their records, and feedback from activists in their districts, we are confident these candidates will expand the freedom caucus in the House and lead the fight for economic freedom and constitutionally limited government.”
Existing House endorsements for FreedomWorks PAC include Evan Feinberg (Pennsylvania 18th) and Rep. Don Manzullo (Illinois 16th).
With the vote to repeal ObamaCare supposed to take place today in the House, the Obama Administration and congressional Democrats are playing it down:
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday that the Republican effort to repeal the healthcare reform law is not serious and has no chance of passing.
House Republicans are expected to vote on a bill that would undo the law Wednesday, but Gibbs said that even they know that the legislation is not a winning bet.
“I would share the belief of many, including, I think, enunciated by those who are going to vote for repeal tomorrow, that this isn’t a serious legislative effort,” he said at his daily press briefing. “I don’t think it’s going anywhere.”
Democrats have sought to downplay the importance of the vote as merely a symbolic effort by the GOP to appeal to their base.
I know that not many want to hear this, but it’s true that this is largely symbolic. As has been noted here several times, Republicans simply don’t have the numbers in the Senate since Democrats hold the majority and aren’t even going to bring repeal of ObamaCare to the floor; dares from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) not withstanding. Nevertheless, the administration is telling Republicans that they are open to changes to the law. Of course, they’ve said that before.
With the likelihood that repeal will won’t pass, Republicans are - as a I wrote on Monday - looking at other avenues to get rid of ObamaCare: