Republican hierarchy goes after conservative Manzullo
According to Human Events, the SuperPAC closely associated with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) weighed in for Kinzinger by chipping in $50,000 for advertising on the freshman lawmaker’s behalf.
Days ago, the “Young Guns Action Fund” began running radio spots in the 16th District proclaiming Kinzinger “an important part of the next generation of conservative leaders” and “a conservative rock in the fight against runaway government spending.”
As the race between the two Illinois lawmakers grows increasingly incendiary, the spot run by the Cantor-affiliated SuperPAC also serves to accentuate a rift between some national Republican leaders in Washington and more conservative grass-roots activists.
A Who’s Who of conservative organizations—the American Conservative Union political action committee, Gun Owners of America—along with the Illinois Family PAC and most of the local tea party groups—are firmly in the Manzullo camp.
Conservative activists are particularly upset about the Cantor PAC’s characterization of Kinzinger (lifetime American Conservative Union rating: 72 per cent) after one term as somehow more conservative than Manzullo (lifetime ACU rating: 96 percent) after nine terms.
Among the votes on which Manzullo voted yes and Kinzinger voted no were those to eliminate the Legal Services Corporation, to bar funding to enforce the Davis-Bacon Act, and bar funds for a new United Nations Building. Kinzinger was one of only 21 House Republicans to favor funding for the United Nations. Manzullo also voted to eliminate the Foreign Agricultural Service, with 78 offices throughout the world.
Kinzinger is supported by the Lunchpail Republicans, which styles itself a pro-labor Republican group and has battled GOP Govs. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Mitch Daniels of Indiana in their fights to curb union power in their states.
True conservatives have met their fiscal and social enemy in this election and it is none other than the Republican House and Senate Leadership!