Former Ohio Republican Congressman Steve LaTourette’s “Defending Main Street” Super PAC has been endowed with a reported $400,000.00 from labor unions to stop Tea-Party-minded politics. Defending Main Street was formed to stop the TEA Party, a clear irritant to Speaker John Boehner, with whom LaTourette was, still is, joined at the hip. LaTourette held Ohio’s 14th District Congressional seat until he decided not to run for re-election in November 2012. Boehner’s contentious relationship with the House Appropriations committee convinced LaTourette to give up his chairmanship of two subcommittees because Boehner needed him on Appropriations, and got him there in 2008. Beating “the snot” out of Tea Party candidates in 8-10 races is LaTourette’s stated high-water mark. To add some color, LaTourette voted not to hold Eric Holder in criminal contempt of court, and not to stop taxpayer support of NPR.
LaTourette, who is one of labor’s closest allies in the Republican Conference — and a lawmaker with a long interest in bipartisanship, as well as a loyal lieutenant to Boehner — might have viewed himself as an ideal chairman at Labor-HHS. Source: RollCall
Along with spearheading the Defending Main Street PAC, LaTourette was hired to head a new subsidiary of McDonald Hopkins Law Firm for the purpose of “extending” the firm’s reach to Washington, D.C.
One day last decade, LaTourette called his wife Susan and told her that “he had a girlfriend and wanted a divorce,” as she reported it. The girlfriend was LaTourette’s chief of staff Jennifer Laptook, whom he soon married.
Jennifer then cashed out to K Street lobbying firm Van Scoyoc Associates. That website won clients by touting “As chief of staff, Laptook was responsible for advising on all legislative issues, particularly those that came before the committees on which Congressman LaTourette serves. Laptook worked intimately with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee staff, on which the congressman is a senior member.”
Rep. LaTourette left Congress in January and today, of course, he is a lobbyist. He launched the lobbying arm of the McDonald Hopkins law firm, and hired his wife. So LaTourette lobbies on behalf of hospitals, alternative-energy interests, and other major companies and industries.
On the side, LaTourette champions compromise-minded Republicans for Congress. Because how else are you supposed to get bailouts and subsidies for your clients, except by getting some “pragmatic” Republicans in Congress. Ideological flexibility is what corporate lobbyists look for. Free-market dogma is a major turnoff to lobbyists seeking handouts. Source: American Enterprise Institute
Among LaTourette’s unprincipled stands while in Congress, he was the only Republican voting “no” to stop all funding to NPR, and he voted not to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress.
As the Associated Press notes, these Republicans believe the Tea Party has “overstayed their welcome in Washington and should be shown the door in next year’s congressional elections.” Now they are taking action to start raising the money they think will be needed to make that a reality.
“Hopefully we’ll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them,” former Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), who is running the group aiming “to raise $8 million to fend off tea party challenges,” recently told National Journal. “We’re going to be very aggressive and we’re going to get in their faces.”
Defending Main Street “plans to spend that money on center-right Republicans who face a triumvirate of deep-pocketed conservative groups–Heritage Action, Club for Growth and Freedom Works.” Source: Breitbart October 29, 2013
The political ether is so putrid that TEA Party activists said they expected the GOP to use union monies against being ‘Taxed Enough Already’ (TEA), lower and fewer taxes, and a smaller, constitutional government, because, after all, most with a seat on Capitol Hill are threatened by smaller, more efficient government.
Tea Party activists around the country were not surprised that the Republican establishment has enlisted the financial support of unions in their efforts to defeat limited government policies. Ben Cunningham, founder of the Nashville Tea Party, told Breitbart News on Monday “this confirms our belief that Washington, D.C. is about one thing and that is power. Whatever method will allow those in D.C. to keep power will be used.” Breitbart December 9, 2013
The October 2013 Breitbart piece says the GOP establishment “from Alabama to Alaska” is gearing up for war against conservatism. Let the hunger games begin, and God help us.
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