Campaign 2010

Sep 25, 2013

Packers Fan Stewart Mills’ First Big Endorsement: From New Hampshire?

Dedicated Green Bay Packers Fan Stewart Mills (pictured below) launched his first major endorsement of his campaign this week, with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reporting that New Hampshire resident and failed, one-term Congressman Chip Cravaack “is back.”

“If Stewart Mills is taking endorsements from out-of-staters like Chip Craavack, will he also take marching orders from the Tea Party to force a government shutdown?” said Brandon Lorenz of the DCCC. “Stewart Mills’ willingness to take his endorsement from Chip Craavack is a troubling sign that rather than stand up for Minnesota values, Mills would also follow the lead of Ted Cruz and march toward a government shutdown, all to win a partisan fight.”

Background:

Extreme House Republican Plan Would “Likely Result” In a Government Shutdown. In 2013, House Republicans voted for the extreme House Republican Continuing Resolution that the Associated Press reported would “likely result” in the shutdown of the federal government. According to the New York Times: “After three years of cajoling, finessing and occasionally strong-arming his fitful conservative majority, Speaker John A. Boehner waved the white flag on Wednesday, surrendering to demands from his right flank that he tie money to keep the government open after Sept. 30 to stripping President Obama’s health care law of any financing. […] The House’s stopgap spending measure would finance the government through Dec. 15 at the current spending levels, which reflect the automatic spending cuts that took effect in March, known as sequestration, while blocking the health care law, under which the uninsured will be enrolled beginning on Oct. 1.” [HJ RES. 59, Vote #478, 9/20/13; Associated Press, 8/23/13; New York Times, 9/18/13]

Karl Rove: The House Republican “Approach [to the Continuing Resolution] Means We’ll Get [A Government Shutdown].” Former Bush Advisor Karl Rove wrote in the Wall Street Journal: “There is, however, one issue on which independents disagree with Republicans: using the threat of a government shutdown to defund ObamaCare. […] Even the defund strategy's authors say they don't want a government shutdown. But their approach means we'll get one. […]  It is an ill-conceived tactic, and Republicans should reject it.” [Wall Street Journal, 9/19/13]

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: House Republicans are “Creating a Crisis” That’s “Counterproductive.” “The powerful U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday urged Congress not to play with fire by risking a government shutdown or debt ceiling-caused default. In a letter to members, the big business organization took direct aim at House Republican plans announced earlier Wednesday to use an Oct. 1 shutdown deadline and mid-October default deadline to try to stop the implementation of ObamaCare. […] While the Chamber said it agrees that the Affordable Care Act has problems and that entitlement spending needs to be addressed, the group said creating a crisis to force action on those issues is counterproductive.” [The Hill, 9/18/13]

Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Likened House Republicans’ Crusade to Defund Obamacare a “Kamikaze Mission” That “Rarely Turns out Well for the Pilots.” The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board compared this kind of plan to “threaten(ing) to crash their Zeros into the aircraft carrier of ObamaCare” and a “Kamikaze mission” that “rarely turns out well, least of all for the pilots.” Beyond the politics, the Journal wrote, “[t]his all-or-nothing posture also usually results in worse policy.” [Wall Street Journal, 9/16/13]