We have just learned that the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spent $175,000 on automated phone calls and media production to help Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) defeat conservative Chris McDaniel (R-MS) in tomorrow's Republican primary runoff election.
The NRSC has been open about its support for Cochran but this is the first time they have spent the party's money in the race. This is a major development that takes the NRSC back to the days when it actively supported Arlen Specter against Pat Toomey and Charlie Crist against Marco Rubio.
The NRSC spending in Mississippi comes after polls show Chris McDaniel in the lead over Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS). And it is the first independent expenditure made by the NRSC in any race for the 2014 election cycle.
Why would the NRSC spend money in a primary where RNC Chairman Reince Priebus says the outcome will not impact the balance of power in the Senate?
Why would the NRSC spend money on a seat the party already controls when it could spend it on a seat it could take away from the Democrats?
The NRSC says its only goal is to win a majority, but that isn't true. If it were, they would not be wasting money in a red state primary like Mississippi.
The truth is the NRSC's true mission is to protect the status quo.
It is controlled by the Republican leadership in the Senate and it's sole purpose is to protect that leadership.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made it clear that he wants to "crush" conservatives "everywhere" and Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), the NRSC's chairman, is dutifully carrying out McConnell's wishes.
It is disgraceful.
Mitch McConnell and Jerry Moran are spending money on a liberal Republican candidate who can only win the primary by getting Democrats to cross over and hijack the election.
They are actively raising money for a Republican incumbent who has been in Washington for 41 years and who votes with the Democrats for more spending and debt.
Mitch McConnell and Jerry Moran are not fighting for principle. They are fighting to protect their own power.
This is why Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) founded the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF). The party establishment does not represent our values and the conservative grassroots need to work together to raise money for principled candidates.
If you are tired of watching Republicans in Washington support liberal incumbents like Thad Cochran, then please contribute to SCF today.
We can defeat the establishment and shake up Washington, but only if freedom-loving Americans like you take a stand.
Ken Cuccinelli II
President, Senate Conservatives Fund
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