Bannon-tied group kicks off brutal GOP primary season

October 12, 2017

A pro-Trump outside group aligned with Stephen Bannon endorsed three Republicans running for Senate on Wednesday, firing the starting pistol on what’s shaping up to be a nasty primary season for the GOP.

The Great America Alliance — an antiestablishment group which counts Bannon’s political adviser Andy Surabian as a strategist — announced it will support West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R), Montana state Auditor Matt Rosendale (R) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) in their bids for Senate.

Sources familiar with the decision told The Hill that Bannon, the Breitbart chairman and former White House chief strategist, is asking the candidates he backs to oppose Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as the next majority leader, although it’s unclear if they’ve all committed to this. Rosendale has said he will support McConnell.

Bannon is also asking candidates to support eliminating the legislative filibuster in the Senate and to back President Trump’s trade and immigration policies.

27 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Big Ed says:

    My biggest beef with Mitch McConnell is his habit of spending tens of millions of dollars to beat a conservative Republican. He just did it again when he spent $10 million in an attempt to beat Moore from Alabama-this fund may have given full backing to two or three other Republicans, but he spent it to defeat Judge Moore. McConnell did the same thing in 2014 when he spent millions to get Thad Cochran instead of Chris McDaniel. Again, he could have gotten two or three Republicans elected. And, Cochran actually retired before the election started and McConnell had to twist his arm to get him to run against McDaniel. McConnell even had to get Democrats to vote for Cochran in the primary to beat back the conservative candidate.

    1. ItsJo says:

      The Republican Party should have REMOVED “Turtle-Face McConnell”

  • Ah nutz says:

    re-call ? quicker?

  • Tiger says:

    Can hardly wait. Want to see the RINO and all the One World Order guys out.

    1. ItsJo says:

      Me too Tiger, they are “bought and paid for by Evil Soros, who is trying to ‘take America DOWN’…has been for Over 40 yrs. Trump needs to have all these so called Repubs looked into. Glad to see that Steve Bannon(who Always had/has Trump’s back) IS DOING JUST THAT!

      1. Tiger says:

        If Trump can’t take the head of the beasts off then they will continue to be a problem.

  • Dexter L. Wilson says:

    Electing those candidates that bring us closer to the principles that were laid out by our Founders brings us closer to the principle that they laid out. Our form of government will only work for a self-disciplined people.

  • Stan Joy says:

    We get promises after promises, and what happens??? NOTHING! I firmly support Steve in what he is doing. The primaries are where the fight will begin. Some think many Republicans would cross over to the other side, I don’t, especially if we can get our message out there. I also think that we have to get the message out that what the Democratic Party represents today is really Socialism and even Communism, and is that what they really want?? I don’t think so, but look what they are encouraging / allowing, like eliminating free speech, refusing to allow open debates, more something for nothing legislation. We can take our country back if we get the truth out to the people. God Bless

  • CBUJAN says:

    As time goes by on more and more groups and people of different political views will come to be Trump supporters. They are all realizing that the democrats and the lying media are dishonest.

    President Trump is the man that can bring back Americas greatness. The democrats, the lying media, and the Rino’s are scared to death of President Trump and here is why, Trump can’t be bought. The establishment career politicians fear if trump succeeds that it will bring more traditional politicians to Washington and eliminate the establishment. That is why the lying media, the democrats and the rino’s want president Trump to fail. And they will do anything to see that he fails. Most Americans know this and ignore the lying media, democrats and rinos. Americans are tired of the establishment politicians that talk a good story but after elections they forget about everything they promised.

    Americans don’t want open borders, we want illegal immigration to stop, we are tired of supporting illegal aliens by the use of our welfare system, we are tired of illegal aliens taking jobs from Americans and lowering wages, we do not want Muslim refugees into the country, we want lower taxes and a better economy, we are tired of democrats trying to destroy our First and Second Amendment rights, we are tired of criminal and gang violence, we are tired of the lying news media, we are tired of the democrats and their witch hunt on our president, we want Obamacare repealed, we are tired of illegal drugs and human trafficking coming across our borders, we want the wall, These are just some of the issues that President Trump has promised us, that’s why we voted for him, but the president is having a real tuff time getting his promises passed because of all the road blocks by the establishment politicians.

    We as Patriotic Americans must help our president and the best way to do it is at the voting box and make sure democrats and rino’s don’t get elected or re-elected.

    1. ItsJo says:

      What a great post, and I KNOW many do feel as you have written…we NEED to back President Trump, and warn those who want to “topple him and his agenda-THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN…

  • Webb says:

    Discussing Next years elections…Once again. 10 months of Republican controlled House and Senate and The WH…The Major Promises of Obamacare Repeal, Tax Reform, Immigration and The Border Wall, Yet Nothing!!
    Who do we elect next…It’s always the next election but we have seen first hand these promises have not come to fact…
    As Republican and a Conservative, I am on board for New People as long as WE can hold our positions…Vote Republican!!

  • W. Coyote says:

    Concerning “draining the swamp”, Steve Bannon should start by pushing his former boss to get rid of Scott Pruitt, head of EPA. Pruitt was installed by the oil and coal industry- from the very depths of the swamp.

      1. W. Coyote says:

        Webb- Good morning and thank you for your reply. I agree. It is completely nuts that Trump bowed down to oil and coal lobbyists and owners. He nominated Scott Pruitt, who claimed during his hearing that he would work for “clean air”, but who is dismantling the EPA. Trump tried to make a big deal out of “pay to play” concerning Hillary, which was nonsense. In this actual case, big donors to his campaign got exactly what they wanted.

  • metheoldsarge says:

    I hope the recent actions of RINOs, like McConnell, Ryan, McCain and Flake, to name a few, do not make voters vote Democrat. We need to send those old career politicians, from both parties, into forced retirement. Should that mean replacing them with the other party? Of course not! What this country has been caught in is a good old fashioned rut. One party makes all kinds of promises. When they get elected they go back to business as usual. The voters get mad and vote in the other party. Again we get business as usual. What the voters do not seem to realize, is that you can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results.

    Voters in Arizona had a golden opportunity to replace McCain with another Republican last year in the state primaries and blew it big time. Hopefully they will not make the same mistake with Flake. A few Senate RINOs and every RINO in the House is up for reelection next year. Get them in the primaries. By encouraging new candidates to run against the incumbents in the Primaries, you can vote against the incumbent without having to sacrifice party loyalty. That is what happened to Arlin Specter, Tom Foley and Eric Cantor. They didn’t lose their seats to the other party in the General Election. They lost them in the Primaries. It happened then, and it can happen again.

    Last year the primary tool was attempted against Ryan in Wisconsin and Schultz in Florida. Although it wasn’t successful, it could be an indication that the primary idea is starting to catch on. Indications are that it may be attempted again in Wisconsin against Ryan. Perhaps if a lot more voters and potential candidates started using the primary tool, we may not even need term limits. In my opinion the Primaries can be more important than the General Election.

    I’m not saying anything new that I haven’t said numerous times before. Just saying the things that should be said over and over by a lot more people. I hope the primary idea catches on across the entire country. The primary tool can even work against the President. The Electoral College may be able to pick the President in spite of the popular vote but they have no say in the primaries. I say re-elect no one. Fire them all.

    1. Reasoned thinker says:

      metheoldsarge — Your post is excellent . . . great ideas . . . a really good approach (the use of the “primaries”) . . . particularly with respect to getting rid of the four guys you mentioned in your first paragraph (above).

      What I AM concerned about, very honestly, are the two “concluding” sentences in your fourth (final) paragraph (above) . . . specifically: I would be concerned if we were to attempt to simply “re-elect no one,” i.e., . . . “fire them all” . . . I can think of a few individuals, who are actually excellent people (in both Senate and House), AND WHO APPEAR to be “in our camp.”

    2. maxx says:

      The only reason McCain won was due to the democrat crossover votes he received. McCain and McConnell were both double digits behind within 2 weeks of the election then miraculously won by double digits. That is a clear sign of crossover voting. The democrats were out telling their people to vote for McCain and McConnell because Rino’s are very important to the democrat communist party.

      1. PatriotGal says:

        He also rode in on nominee Trump’s coattails because he had an R after his name.

      2. ItsJo says:

        You said it Maxx! All are also “Soros paid for”

    3. ch says:

      McCain also was funded by Soros and Soros paid big money to defeat his opponent.

      1. metheoldsarge says:

        As the old saying goes: “We have the finest politicians money can buy.”

  • Pete Bundy says:

    And again I say that for the last seven years it has been the GOP saying give us this and give us that. Well they got it and still stall so time to get rid of people like McCain, Flake, McConnell, Ryan and a host of others who have said one thing and done another.

    1. maxx says:

      For the most part the GOP needs to be reformed or eliminated. The old entrenched establishment elitists like those you mentioned and more are all Rino’s. When a political party lies and betrays it’s base supporters for as long as the GOP has, like since the 1960’s, it is time for a total overhaul of the party or it’s elimination in favor of a new party. When a political party allows itself to have members that operate in total opposition to the will and desires of it’s base they no longer deserve to exist. We don’t see any democrats acting like conservatives and voting for the oppositions agenda. That is what Republicans have been doing for 6 decades now. 2016 showed “we the people” that we do have power to make and force our wants and desires on the people that claim to represent us because Trumps election proved it. We must now continue the fight into the 2018 mid terms and as was a rallying cry decades ago “THROW THE BUMS OUT”. I find the name Great American Alliance very appropriate. Every republican incumbent that has stood in the way of our wishes needs to be driven out of government.

    2. ItsJo says:

      Include, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, Ben Sasse in the Rino List!

  • Marilynn Reeves says:

    Go Steve the swamp is too crowded and needs to be cleaned completely.

    1. Pete says:

      McConnell was reported to have said several years ago that he would “crush” the tea party. The old fossil picked that fight when he could have joined us.
      Sew to the wind, reap a whirlwind.

  • Son Shine says:

    Praise the lord.

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