The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as usual and like its counterpart, the National Republican Congressional Committee, has its eyes on vulnerable opponents in swing districts. The Club for Growth, on the other hand, has its eyes on Republicans in safe districts that fail to measure up to its own legislative standards.
CfG has posted a list of RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) on its website and asks members of the general public to suggest other Republicans who may be willing and able to challenge them in the 2014 election cycle.
“Big government liberals inhabit the Democratic Party, but they are far too common within the Republican Party as well,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “The Republicans helped pass billions of dollars in tax increases and they have repeatedly voted against efforts by fiscal conservatives to limit government. PrimaryMyCongressman.com will serve as a tool to hold opponents of economic freedom and limited government accountable for their actions.”
On the list:
* Mike Simpson (R-ID)
* Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)
* Rick Crawford (R- AR)
* Frank Lucas (R-OK)
* Steve Palazzo (R-MS)
* Martha Roby (R-AL)
* Larry Bucshon (R-IN)
* Renee Ellmers (R-NC)
* Aaron Schock (R-IL)
RBR-TVBR observation: The best of all worlds for broadcasters interested in raking in a heaping helping of political cash is to be in a battleground, especially one that also has one or two hotly contested primary contests. If your station does not happen to be in a traditional electoral battleground, then a hot primary is a nice consolation prize, yielding a political payday that otherwise might not even exist.
While intramural contests can be good for the political parties insofar as they help them keep in touch with the desires of their constituents, they can also be a distraction that pulls them away from their base due to regional ideological conditions. And they always drain resources that the party leadership would rather spend in the general election.
Broadcasters on the other hand get to collect that drainage – and it definitely looks nice sitting there in the bank account.