Club for Growth Blog
03/21/2012

Club for Growth PAC To GOP Leadership: Stay Out Of Schweikert-Quayle Race

Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1046

 

Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “Should it become apparent that you are choosing sides on behalf of Rep. Quayle, the Club for Growth PAC will consider it necessary to intervene on behalf of Rep. Schweikert.”
 
Washington, DC - Club for Growth PAC today released the text of an open letter from Club for Growth President Chris Chocola to the House GOP leadership. In the letter, Chocola makes three requests:

 

1.     For House Leadership to stay neutral in the Republican primary race in Arizona’s sixth congressional district between Reps. David Schweikert and Ben Quayle
2.     For the “Young Guns Action Fund” Super-PAC of Leader Cantor and Whip McCarthy to stay neutral in the Schweikert-Quayle race
3.     For Speaker Boehner to donate the same $10,000 to Rep. Schweikert that he has already donated to Rep. Quayle

In conclusion, Chocola writes that “Should it become apparent that you are choosing sides on behalf of Rep. Quayle, the Club for Growth PAC will consider it necessary to intervene on behalf of Rep. Schweikert.”

The following is the text of Club for Growth President Chris Chocola’s letter to the House GOP leadership

A .pdf version can be downloaded by clicking here

 

SENT VIA MAIL AND FACSIMILE

The Honorable John Boehner, Speaker of the House

The Honorable Eric Cantor, Majority Leader

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip


Dear Republican House Leaders:

In the just completed Illinois Republican congressional primary between incumbent Congressmen Don Manzullo and Adam Kinzinger, the Club for Growth PAC chose to stay neutral.  We did so because neither candidate’s record was entirely satisfactory.  Over the course of his long House career, Rep. Manzullo has cast several bad votes.  As a first-term Member of Congress, Rep. Kinzinger has an even worse record than Rep. Manzullo.  In fact, in the only year in which their records can be compared, in 2011, Rep. Manzullo had a clearly better record of voting for limited government then did Rep. Kinzinger. 

Despite our neutrality in this race, we were alarmed to see Majority Leader Cantor, Majority Whip McCarthy, and their Young Guns Action Fund aggressively take sides in favor of Rep. Kinzinger, and even use the committee to promote a false picture of Rep. Kinzinger’s record.         

We raise this concern in the context of another upcoming redistricting-induced primary between two incumbent Republican Congressmen.  In Arizona’s sixth congressional district, incumbent Republicans David Schweikert and Ben Quayle are facing each other.  The Club for Growth PAC’s position in this race is neutral, because in this case both first-term Congressmen have outstanding pro-growth voting records. 

However, we note that Speaker Boehner’s Leadership PAC has already made a maximum contribution to Rep. Quayle’s campaign.  That contribution was made before redistricting put both men in the same district, and it is our hope that it does not signal that the House leadership has decided to take sides in this primary.  In the name of neutrality, we urge Speaker Boehner to contribute the same $10,000 to Rep. Schweikert that he has already given to Rep. Quayle.  We also urge Leader Cantor, Whip McCarthy, and their Young Guns Action Fund to join us in staying neutral in the Arizona race.

Should it become apparent that you are choosing sides on behalf of Rep. Quayle, the Club for Growth PAC will consider it necessary to intervene on behalf of Rep. Schweikert.  As is our practice, if the Club’s PAC entered this primary, it is highly likely that our 75,000 members would donate considerably more funds to Rep. Schweikert’s campaign than the Republican House leadership would contribute to Rep. Quayle’s campaign.

It is our preference to remain on the sidelines of the Arizona race, as both candidates have fine records.  However, we will not sit back and allow House Republican leaders to invest resources with impunity against an incumbent fiscal conservative like Rep. David Schweikert.  Rep. Schweikert stands for the principles of economic freedom even when members of his own party pressure him to do otherwise.  If those same Republican leaders attempt to defeat him, the Club for Growth PAC will vigorously come to his defense.

Sincerely,

Chris Chocola, President - Club for Growth




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