“Rattled” Republican establishment scrambles to help career politician Rick Saccone as he struggles to connect with Western Pennsylvania voters

Two national reports today underline that the Republican establishment in Washington is desperate to “prop-up” career politician Rick Saccone, who’s campaign is stalling as Saccone fails to demonstrate that he will stand-up for middle class families and Western Pennsylvania workers instead of the special interests that he has put first throughout his time in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

In recent days, Reuters also spoke with Trump voters in Pennsylvania’s 18th district, who expressed a lack of enthusiasm for Saccone.  These Trump supporters said that they view the tax plan Saccone is promoting as a “giveaway” for the rich and that only throws “a bone” to them.

This comes as polling shows the race is tightening.

“Follow the money – the Republican establishment is in full-on panic mode because career politician Rick Saccone is not connecting with Western Pennsylvania voters,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “Saccone’s failure to gain traction […]

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QUICK CLIP: Lou Barletta Doubles Down on Social Security and Medicare Cuts

Rep. Lou Barletta took to local radio this week to double down on his desire to cut Social Security and Medicare—lifelines that millions of Americans depend on and have paid into their whole lives–and balance the country’s debt on the backs of the middle class.


In an interview he did on on KDKA radio yesterday, Barletta said, “We need to look at entitlement packages and reform. They’re on auto pilot right now, where that’s really what’s driving our debt and they’ve been unwilling to have a discussion about that…”


Listen to the clip here.


“Entitlements,” of course is code for Social Security and Medicare, the hugely popular benefits that Americans have earned, and that middle class families and seniors depend on. They are also not the main cause of our national debt.


Meanwhile, a little more than a month ago, Barletta voted for huge tax giveaways to millionaires, billionaires and corporations that added $1.8 trillion to the country’s debt. 


“Lou […]

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Saccone’s statements on the opioid crisis are unacceptable

Congressional candidate and career politician Rick Saccone was caught admitting he doesn’t believe the government should be fighting the opioid epidemic. Instead, Saccone would leave the entire burden on those struggling with addiction and their families. American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates responded to his callous remarks, first reported by the Daily Beast, with the following statement:

“Saccone’s comments reveal exactly what he would do as a member of Congress to combat the opioid crisis sweeping through Pennsylvania and the nation: nothing. That is unacceptable. The heartbreaking devastation opioids are causing for thousands of Pennsylvanians has already cost thousands of lives and strained too many families, many of whom don’t have the resources to help loved ones recover on their own. It is disturbingly out of touch for Rick Saccone to suggest that this epidemic calls for anything less than a full government response to bolster the efforts of families and nonprofit organizations.”

In contrast to Saccone, Pennsylvania’s state government has designated the opioid crisis […]

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Dean Heller Puts Partisan Politics Before Nevada Women AGAIN

“Dean Heller once again sided with the most extreme parts of his party at the expense of Nevadans’ health and well being,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “Heller’s repeated votes to let politicians make decisions that should be made between women and their doctors is a total betrayal of Nevada women and they won’t soon forget it.”


Reno Gazette-Journal: Heller puts politics above Nevada women’s health: Gilbert

By Jan Gilbert | February 6, 2018

“Last week, Senator Dean Heller voted to advance a bill imposing a dangerous ban on nearly all abortion after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. This irresponsible legislation undermines a woman’s right to make her own personal medical decisions – and even fails to include an exception for the mother’s health.”
“Back in 2015 a similar irresponsible bill came up in the U.S. Senate – a bill so reckless that multiple professional medical groups announced strong opposition to it. Dean Heller […]

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After Disastrous Week, Hawley Runs Away From GOP Convention

“It’s impossible to overstate how disastrous last week was for Josh Hawley — who Mitch McConnell has extolled as his ‘top recruit.’ In five days, Hawley’s campaign chaotically careened from poor fundraising numbers, to his condemnation of birth control, to revelations that concerned Republicans are trying to recruit Rep. Ann Wagner to the race,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. 


Kansas City Star: Ann Wagner’s “potential entry to the race could severely complicate Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley’s path to the nomination”

By Brian Lowery | 3/3/18

“U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner had a palpable presence at the Missouri Republican Party’s convention in Kansas City this weekend without ever setting foot inside the hotel.
“Hawley had…disappeared from the convention by Saturday afternoon.”
Hawley “canceled his scheduled appearance at a panel of statewide elected officials that afternoon and left for Columbia without plans to return for that evening’s dinner and keynote address.”
“He was the only state-level Republican officer absent from the afternoon panel.”
“Austin Petersen, a Kansas City Republican also seeking […]

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Terrified D.C. Republicans Trying to Rescue Dean Heller

After Dean Heller’s dismal fundraising quarter, in which he was lapped by his Democratic opponent, and with polls showing him in deep trouble, Heller’s Washington, D.C. insider friends are attempting to come to the rescue.

They’re so terrified that Heller could lose that they’re getting publicly involved in an intra-party primary, with Leader Mitch McConnell’s super PAC today releasing a new ad to prop up Heller and hurt his Republican rival Danny Tarkanian.

“After his years of broken promises and putting politics ahead of the people he’s supposed to represent, Dean Heller is in huge trouble and his Republican establishment friends know it,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “Nevadans realize they can’t trust spineless Dean Heller as far as they can throw him and they won’t forget it– no matter how much money Mitch McConnell spends trying to bail him out.”

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Florida’s ban on ex-felons voting is unconstitutional and biased, federal judge rules

“Rick Scott has been irresponsibly denying former felons their civil rights for years — and it’s appalling to learn that appealing to Scott’s political party gives former felons a greater chance of getting their right to vote back,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “The right to vote is the most sacred part of our Democracy, and Rick Scott’s partisan bias is a sign of just how corrupt and self-serving this governor really is.”


The Washington Post: Florida’s ban on ex-felons voting is unconstitutional and biased, federal judge rules

By Derek Hawkins | February 2, 2018

“In a blistering decision that could impact the 2018 midterm elections, a federal judge on Thursday ruled that Florida’s system for barring former felons from voting is unconstitutional and potentially tainted by racial, political or religious bias.”

“U.S. District Judge Mark Walker blasted the state panel led by Florida’s governor that decides whether to restore voting rights to people who have completed […]

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