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Two Showdown GOP Primaries Today: Vote Sasse and Mooney

Ben Sasse and Alex Mooney

The Tea Party vs. Big Government Republican establishment battle continues in Nebraska and West Virginia today with two bellwether elections; Nebraska’s Republican Senate nomination and West Virginia’s Republican Primary in Congressional District 2.

One of our prime opportunities to add a principled limited government constitutional conservative to the ranks of conservatives in Congress is the open seat in West Virginia’s Congressional District 2 where conservative Alex Mooney is leading a crowded field of contenders in the Republican Primary.

Like Senator Ted Cruz, Mooney’s conservatism extends much further back than his career in politics. As Will Allen detailed in a profile of Mooney for National Review Online, Mooney’s mother and her family were early opponents of Castro and were imprisoned after the Bay of Pigs (a fiasco that leads her son to dismiss JFK with the one-line verdict, “weak on foreign policy”). Her flight from Cuba eventually led her to the Catholic University of America and to Vincent Mooney, an ROTC student of Irish descent who would earn a Bronze Star in Vietnam and become Alex Mooney’s father.

The Senate Conservatives Fund PAC has a great radio ad running for Mooney that pretty well sums up why we endorsed him and urge our friends in West Virginia to vote for him: 

“He’s never supported a single tax increase, and he will fight to repeal Obamacare.”

“Mooney is firmly pro-life and homeschools his children. We can count on him to protect our traditional family values.”

Alex Mooney is a “boat rocker” like Ted Cruz that will stick to his principles – even when it means taking on his own Party when its leaders forget who elected them. 

As the Senate Conservatives Fund PAC ad says, “It’s not enough to elect Republicans to Congress. We need to elect conservative Republicans. Alex Mooney, West Virginia’s conservative choice for Congress.”

For a list of the many conservative organizations and leaders endorsing Alex Mooney click this link

Nebraska’s GOP primary election is also today, Tuesday, May 13. The increasingly negative GOP Senate primary has caused us to go back and review exactly why we backed Ben Sasse for the Republican nomination, and to conclude that we had it right back in January when we first came out for Sasse.

When Ben Sasse announced his Senate bid he told Breitbart’s Alexander Marlow, "As someone who's not a career politician, I wanted to introduce myself to Nebraskans in a way that would explain what this campaign is about… DC is a sick, dysfunctional place. I've seen it up close. We're going to lose our country if we don't act quickly."

Ben Sasse is whip-smart and he understands that one of the reasons why Obamanomics is destroying the American economy is what economists call “rent-seeking” by Washington’s Ruling Class — political insiders who are devoted to tapping into the economic value created by someone else, rather than creating new value.

Sasse is the only candidate in the Nebraska GOP Senate race who has talked about breaking the “Iron Triangle” of Washington’s rent-seeking bureaucrats, lobbyists, and politicians and how that must be a priority if we are to save what is left of American exceptionalism.

From what we’ve seen of the negative campaigns run by his establishment Republican opponents, career politician Shane Osborn and liberal Republican banker Sid Dinsdale, the Ruling Class must believe Ben Sasse when he says he is going to fight for the people of Nebraska and the values and interests of “flyover country.”

Shane Osborn’s descent into a consultant-driven negative campaign is especially telling. As Ben Sasse’s issue-driven campaign surged, Osborn quickly abandoned any pretense of being an insurgent and threw-in with Mitch McConnell and the Washington establishment. Surrogates for McConnell, the ultimate player in Washington’s “Iron Triangle,” put $100,000 into negative ads against Ben Sasse in the closing days of the campaign.

We strongly encourage our friends in Nebraska to vote for Ben Sasse, president of Midland University, in next week’s May 13 Republican primary. In addition to CHQ Sasse has been endorsed by The Club for Growth and a host of other conservative leaders and organizations, including:

Matt Hoskins: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SENATE CONSERVATIVES FUND

Matt Kibbe: PRESIDENT, FREEDOMWORKS

Connie Mackey: PRESIDENT, FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL ACTION PAC

Brian Burch: PRESIDENT OF CATHOLICVOTE.ORG  

Nebraskans United for Life

Nebraska Right to Life

Tim Macy: VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE GUN OWNERS OF AMERICA

Mark Levin: CONSTITUTIONAL LAWYER AND A NATIONALLY SYNDICATED BROADCASTER 

Erick Erickson: REDSTATE.COM  

Mike Lee: UNITED STATES SENATOR

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