Posted: 3:05 pm Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Conservative Super PAC’s new target is Phil Gingrey 

By Daniel Malloy

Ending Spending PAC has been on the air in Georgia hitting Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, but the group does not limit its antipathy to Democrats: It’s now attacking Rep. Phil Gingrey.

The group, funded by Ameritrade founder and Chicago Cubs owner Joe Ricketts, has bought $1.3 million in ad time between now and the May 20 primary. We assumed this was all to bash Nunn, but that is not the case.

The ad is airing in Atlanta, Augusta, Macon and Savannah, according to a media buy report passed along by a tipster. It accuses Gingrey, a Marietta Republican, of such Washington sins as requesting earmarks and voting to increase the debt limit, and it brings back a closed-door remark from September that was bound to rear its head at some point: “I’m stuck here making $172,000 a year,” Gingrey said, while staffers whose health insurance subsidy was on the line can cash out as lobbyists in a couple years.

The Ending Spending ad comes as Gingrey — sitting on more $2 million at the beginning of the year — announces he’s back up on the air with his ad pledging to repeal Obamacare or go home after one term. He’s bought time through primary day.

The Gingrey camp, interestingly, compared the conservative group’s attack to something from the left. From campaign manager Patrick Sebastian:

“This attack on Rep. Gingrey is a clear indication his establishment opponents see that he’s on-the-move, and is the most viable conservative in the race.

“The attacks on conservative Republicans like Phil Gingrey from this special interest group are straight out of Barack Obama’s liberal playbook. Georgians will not let these Chicago-style tactics on leaders who have proven records in cutting spending, protecting our military and veterans, and fighting Obamacare stop them from supporting conservative Republicans like Phil Gingrey.

“Twice named most conservative member of Congress, Phil has fought to reduce the debt, cut the deficit, cap spending, balance the budget, and — throughout his time in D.C. — has returned more than $1.4 million  of his personal office’s funds to the U.S. Treasury.

“It’s telling that this shadowy group would attack Phil’s fight to stop Congress’ Obamacare exemptions. Phil believes members of Congress and their staff’s should have to live under the laws they create. That’s why he introduced the ‘No Special Treatment for Congress Act,’ which reverses the federal taxpayer subsidies intended for members of Congress and their staffs.”

36 comments
Charles50
Charles50

I saw the Gingrey ad this morning.  The reason he can make that pledge is because if he wins he probably only plans to serve one term anyway with is OLD tired self.  It's all about being able to say he served in both the House and Senate if you ask me, i.e. - ego.  

GWilson
GWilson

He does save money by using the same hair dye a his wife.

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

Purdue is the only republican that appears normal,  the rest ha ha.

JonLester
JonLester

Suits me. Gingrey voted in favor of giving $1 billion in loan guarantees to the illegitimate Maidan regime in Kiev. I sent Broun a note of thanks for voting against the aid.

Caius
Caius

So, he voted to raise the debt limit $2.5 trillion?  So?


I am engaged with a friend in a discussion of Rep Westmoreland.  Westmoreland entered the House in Jan 2005, the debt on that day was $7.5 Trillion.  Today the debt is $17.5 Trillion.  And Westmoreland, per my friend, has voted NO on every spending bill.  So?


The bottom line is that Westmoreland has done nothing to stop spending from going through the roof. He keeps voting NO, but those have been meaningless votes.


The same applies to every Georgia congressman.


I had hopes that the tea party were going to fix their attention on deficits and debt.  But instead they have been caught up in immigration, gay rights, abortion, etc, etc and deficits and debt have been consigned to the back seat.


Why should I vote for any of the congressmen seeking the Senate seat?  They have been failures in the House and have not earned a Senate seat.



Jke
Jke

Gingrey is all about Gingrey.  Nothing more.  One term?  No way, unless his health fails.  He loves the power.  That's why he works for a pittance of $174k per year.  


Abolish Obamacare?  It's not going to happen--the reason is shifting demographics.  The young must pay for the chronic diseases of aging baby boomers.  Either that, or we will have to start rationing healthcare to the elderly and critically ill and making drastic reductions to Medicare and Medicaid payments to doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers.  Or just borrow the money and kick a more damaged can down the road to future generations.  Romneycare, Obamacare, Christiecare, Hillarycare; whatever you call it, we're not going backwards on this matter.  Get over it Tea Partiers.          

MartyMartin
MartyMartin

Billionaires Rickets, Kochs, Adelsons....are moving Republicans farrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr right.

he he


SouthGeorgiareader
SouthGeorgiareader

Those GOP folks are all over the place with their opinions and party positions.  Their search for a way to make the GOP tent larger is really a joke---they can't even agree on stuff among their most conservative candidates.  And then on the national level, throw in Jeb's statement yesterday, and you see the real disarray.  However, the one thing they agree on is their worship of power and money as they showed in Las Vegas, bowing to Sheldon Adelson.

DS
DS

This is weird. An out-of-state gabillionaire spends a wad of cash to run ads in Georgia accusing a conservative Republican congressman/senate candidate of being... wait for it... a big spender? I mean, who in their right mind would believe that? And the candidate he's going after is in a 3-way tie for 3rd place, which means he has very little chance of winning anyway.

Thank you, Chief Justice Roberts, for unleashing the floodgates of money into politics with your Citizens United ruling. Now our puppet masters have started pulling strings to have us voters do their bidding. But this puppet master Ricketts seems confused about what he should be doing with all his new-found power.

honested
honested

Why are they picking on gingrhoid?


He is busy trying to keep from suffocating on his foot.


Put your real money on broun....


Yeah that's your guy, nobody can roll the table in November like broun......


Go in early and heavy, spend every dime you can scrape up.....


Georgia will love you for it.

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Yawn - this is boring.  Don't the Republicans have anybody with a sense of humor, a little creativity, maybe a novel idea.  Poor old Gingrey, he didn't have a chance anyway.  Why pick on a guy when he is down and pouting about his mediocre salary?  Maybe he can invent a relaxation class for potential rape victims.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

I checked with all my fellow liberal friends in Midtown and we think Michelle Nunn can carry the State of Atlanta and maybe even DeKalb County.

AvailableName
AvailableName

Dear Republicans,  


Please, please let this guy or Broun win.  Preferably Broun, but I'll take Gingrey.  I'll make it up to you down the road.  I promise.


Regards,


Available.

Corey
Corey

So Obama is causing Republicans to turn on each other? Say it ain't so. 

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

Anyone who supports Ending Spending PAC should have ALL Federal payments stopped for everything. And then they should be drafted into the army/militia for life...and only given room and board. How is that for ending spending? What morons!


The repubs eat their own! (but they make out with other peoples' family members)!

BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

Not hard to figure out. Joe Ricketts greater passion than politics is conservation. Gingrey has a LCV lifetime score of 5%. (So too does Broun, but Broun is presently considered less of a threat to making the runoff.) Kingston's score is double that. Ricketts is just targeting first the greatest evil that is perceived to be the most formidable. Should Kingston make the runoff, I suspect that he will then have some unwanted attention from Joe Ricketts. What will be interesting is if one of these candidates with a record becomes the Republican nominee. Regardless, I suspect that daughter Laura will be bundling for Nunn; and that Joe will end-up doing more harm to the Republicans than good.  

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

Road Kill Possum Gingrey says this attack conservative rightwing attack is straight out of Barack Obama’s liberal Chicago-style tactical playbook?  Dude, nowhere in the Obama playbook does it say, waste that kind of money attacking a pompous hypocritical loser who has a proven track record of being worthless.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

The repuppies problem going forward will not be whether their party can win in 2014 and/or 2016, their problem will be whether or not there will still be a repuppy party, after they get through cutting each other's throats . Rand paul attacks the cheney/bush/haliburton junta, old man mccain attacks the 'wacko tper's' paul and cruz, cheney attacks paul, mcconnell and graham attacked by tper's, christy will go to jail, jeb bush committed political suicide this weekend with his immigration comments, gingrey under seige by a right wing PAC, bobby jindal characterized as 'booby' jindal by almost everyone, ted cruz and madame palin become more like something out of a comic book every time they open their mouth. 

None of them can take a position on anything or pass any legislation, for fear of being primaried on the right for their 'big gummint' agenda, which opens them to opposition from Dems for doing nothing about the country's problems.  

The dems co-opted their healthcare plan, so they have nothing there, their 'laffer curve' voodoo economics have been a complete bust, the country has seen the devastating effects of their "less regulation' mantra as banks failed and markets crashed, and an entire state could not drink from their main water source because of a chemical spill.  They can't beat the drums of war any more to show what good Amerkins they are, since we heard that one before.

Their only hope is running as anti-Obamacare, a hope fading fast in the rear view mirror as more and more people sign up and realize the benefit to the country from the ACA.

rupert murdoch has his work cut out for him. Not even his onslaught of daily lies will be enough to save the hapless bunch of malcontents known as the repuppy party, once they are through running each other through the shredder.

Brosephus
Brosephus

 "The group, funded by Ameritrade founder and Chicago Cubs owner Joe Ricketts, has bought $1.3 million in ad time between now and the May 20 primary."

Maybe Joe should focus more on spending to make the Chicago Cubs a winning baseball team instead of blowing money on Georgia politics.  I would think twice about supporting a candidate backed by someone with a dubious record of business decisions.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Makes you wonder who their favorite candidate is, or if they have more than one.

honested
honested

@DS  

Just think of how much better things would be for everyone if ricketts (and all the other oligarch interventionists) were spending this money on an appropriate amount of taxation.

At some point we have to recognize what the ridiculously low tax rate does to distort society.

Joeleejohnson
Joeleejohnson

-------Price of salt up in Georgia---------

",who in their right mind would believe that?"

An 'out of control' & 'out of touch' governor just announced an increase in state revenue.

"Who in their right mind would believe that?"

td1234
td1234

@DS  All the TV channels are loving infusion of money into our economy. 

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Ralph-43 - Oh Jughead is a LYING POS! Just another Doctor who could not HACK Medicine and needed New Income without working Much. 

Phil , his Millionaire Doctor Buddies and their swimming Pools full of Cash are Ready and Waiting. The phone Calls have been made already. Personally!

Mr_B
Mr_B

@Corey  Well, they've been complaining for the last five years about how divisive Obama is.

AvailableName
AvailableName

@AuntieChrist  All that true and Deal and whichever Republican running against Nunn will probably win.  Sad.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Oh so correct.

anothercomment
anothercomment

Every average joe, and backer of candidates this Ameritrade guy goes after needs to quickly take their money out of Ameri-trade. This guy deserves to loose all his business since he advertised Ameritrade as the broker for the common guy.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@Brosephus- The guy is a self made wealthy philanthropist, and the Cubs team is an incredible successful business (along with Wrigleyville) even if they don't win pennants.

AWA1
AWA1

@Joeleejohnson Hard to link anything Deal has done to the rising tide of economy. He's just lucky to have come into office when it was so low, so that it "appears" he's made a difference. He hasn't. It's still politics as usual. 

Brosephus
Brosephus

@The_Centrist @BrosephusSuccessful in how you define success.  The Cubs are nowhere near as successful a business venture as the Yankees or any other marquee club even though they've been in the league for as long as the others.  Even the Braves have won more World Series pennants than the Cubs, and the Braves did it in three different cities.


They may bring in merchandising dollars, but that's about the only success going on inside the vines.