Karl Rove’s new “Conservative Victory Project” is not the first establishment GOP PAC to target conservative candidates in primary elections and it will not be the last. The new super PAC is designed, according to the New York Times, to “recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s effort to win control of the Senate.”
This week, the outrage continues. The backlash has begun. Radio host Mark Levin called Rove a “despised propagandist.” Back in Illinois, former Rep. Joe Walsh announced plans to form a Super PAC of his own to help protect social conservatives and tea party candidates against Rove’s new PAC.
But the Rove’s GOP civil war has been ramping up for a long time. In Illinois, GOP Chairman Pat Brady used his official capacity to denounce the party platform on gay marriage and Illinois Republicans and conservative organizations have been calling for him to resign. Recently, Illinois GOP leaders worked with Democrats to pass the new law to give driver’s licenses to 250,000 illegal aliens in Illinois – despite the opposition of law enforcement. Last summer, the Illinois GOP helped pass a law that implements Obamacare two years early.
The latest insult to injury comes on March 19th. Pat Brady will be having a private reception with the RNC’s Reince Priebus to honor a major Democrat donor, John Rowe of Exelon.
According to the Illinois Review:
“The IL GOP honoree has an interesting donor record. Over the past 12 years, Rowe has written 96 checks to political candidates in Illinois state and local elections, totaling $232,000+. Over $123,800 has gone to Democrats and $83,000 to Republicans. He has donated thousands of dollars to Chicago Mayors Richard Daley and Rahm Emanuel, as well as Chicago Alderman Ed Burke (D), and Burke’s wife Anne who is an Illinois Supreme Court Justice. He’s also written checks to Cook County Board President John Stroger, his son Todd, and current board president Toni Preckwinkle. At the state level, Rowe has written several checks to House Speaker Mike Madigan, former Senate President Emil Jones and current Senate President John Cullerton. He supported former Governor Rod Blagojevich and now supports Governor Pat Quinn.”
It will take BOLD action and planning to reverse the fortunes of the national and Illinois Republican party. First, we need Republican candidates and leaders that can distinguish themselves from the Democrats and their entitlement-driven solutions. These solutions have only led to economic crisis, debt, and dependency. It is capitulation to Democrat ideas that has lead the party to failure. The Illinois GOP has a history of ties to Democrat donors, who play both sides of the political aisle, and to corrupt insider political deals.
But GOP leaders like Pat Brady will never learn – that is why he and others continue to insult Republican primary voters by honoring Democrats. That is why leaders like Brady and other GOP leaders who game the system must go. There will be a protest rally against this event on March 19th at the Chicago Club in downtown Chicago. Help us send a message to the establishment GOP and Chairman Pat Brady by attending.
This is the latest example of why Pat Brady is not qualified to be the chairman of the Illinois Republican Party and why he must go.
If you and your organization would like to take action, call us 312-768-8683 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is the time to rebuild our party so that there is a Republican Party now and in the future.
William J. Kelly
Safer Families Coalition