The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) recently released a memo and notice to its subscribers from SCF president Ken Cuccinelli II that a political group with close ties to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) ran broadcast ads attacking conservative congressmen for refusing to fund President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty. SCF is a grassroots organization dedicated to electing strong conservative leaders to the United States Senate.
Two weeks ago the group, called American Action Network, began airing TV and radio ads accusing U.S. Representatives Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), and Jim Jordan (R-OH) of “threatening US national security.”
The ads were part of a $400,000 campaign designed to punish these lawmakers for opposing Speaker Boehner’s plan to fund the president’s amnesty. SCF believes this was done to soften these lawmakers up for a future primary challenge.
The attack ads feature terrorists and claim “some in Washington are willing to put our security at risk by jeopardizing critical security funding. That’s the wrong message to send to our enemies.”
American Action Network is a pro-amnesty group that is controlled by the GOP establishment. Its board includes, among others, Mike Shields, the former Chief of Staff to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, and Barry Jackson, the former Chief of Staff to House Speaker John Boehner.
This was, said Cuccinelli, a “direct attack on three constitutional conservatives by the GOP establishment to punish them for opposing House leadership. Jim Bridenstine has as 95% Liberty Score™ from Conservative Review and Tim Huelskamp and Jim Jordan both have 92% scores.”
SCF stated that conservatives must stand with these leaders, who need help to defend themselves against future primary challenges by the progressive GOP establishment.
“The Republican establishment used race-baiting attacks to smear conservatives in Mississippi last year,” one memo read, “and now they’re using bogus attacks to make House conservatives look weak on terrorism.”