The following piece appeared in RedState.Com on March 10, 2010, the day Christine O'Donnell announced her candidacy for the Delaware US Senate seat.
Today [March 10], Christine O’Donnell announced that she would run for Joe Biden’s vacant seat in Delaware. O’Donnell made a brave run in 2008 against Joe Biden, likely knowing full well she could never win in the political environment that existed in 2008, but went for it anyway.
But that was 2008, this is 2010. The Dems are choking on their own vomit with this socialistic healthcare bill, and we need to Kick them while they are down. There is very little doubt in my mind that DE will go red in the Senate due to the fact that the lamester liberals are running a candidate who has never run at the state level and not someone who could make it competitive like Beau Biden. So here is my proposition:
RUN A REAL CONSERVATIVE
Sure, we have Mike Castle who has been a career politician for literally more than half his life (45 years, he is 70), who is with us on some things, but against us on important things, here is a small list:
- Supported SCHIP (HR2, 7/14/2009)
- Supported Omnibus Appropriations (HR1105, 2/25/2009)
- Supported Mortgage Loan Modifications (HR1106, 3/5/2009)
- Voted Against Balancing the Budget in 10 Years (HRes 85, 4/2/2009)
- Supported Hate Crimes Bill (HR 1913, 4/29/2009)
- Supported Parental Leave for Federal Employees (HR626, 6/4/2009)
- Supported Cash for Clunkers (HR2751, 6/9/2009)
- Supported funding for Legal Services Corporation (HR2847, 6/18/2009)
- Voted Against Missle Defense (HR2647, 6/25/2009)
- Supported Cap & Trade (HR2454, 6/26/2009)
Supported funding for Planned Parenthood (HR3293, 6/24/2009)
This is simply inexcusable to me, and this is one of the reasons why we need O’Donnell as our GOP nominee.
It’s time for a fresh face who will be with us 100% of the time as opposed to an old face who will be with use 80% of the time, and stab us in the back on close votes like what Specter, Snowe, Collins, and Brown have done in the past. It is disturbing to me that an organization as inept as the Democratic party is able to field candidates against incumbents because they feel they aren’t representing their best intrests.
I feel that us as conservatives are just willing to play it “safe” to win an election, and then everyone is surprised why we have RINOs running the senate. When was the last time a conservative primaried an incumbent? Toomey and Rubio. Look at them now, they are both poised to win seats in bluish/purple states.
It’s time to get real and time to support candidates that will fight for us, and that we can be proud of. This doesn’t just pertain to Delaware, but also in Arizona, New Hampshire, California, and wherever there is a conservative willing to put their neck on the line for our movement.
Americans are tired of Obama’s ideas, but people won’t vote for us unless they are able to differentiate on a policy level, not just a party level.
As primaries move closer, I will be examining specific races around the country where the Establishment choice is not essentially the best choice for us Real Conservatives.
"The Argument Against Career Politician Mike Castle"
January 25, 2010 by Jason O'Neill
The biggest argument against current U.S. Rep and U.S. Senate candidate Mike Castle (R-DE) is that he is part of the establishment. Congressman Mike Castle has been on the government dole since 1967. Here is a breakdown of his elective office career:
Delaware State Representative (1967-1969)
Delaware State Senate (1969-1977)
Lt. Governor (Delaware) (1981-1985)
Governor (Delaware) (1985-1992)
U.S. Represntative (R-DE) (1993-Present)
So basically, with the exception of a four year break during the Carter Administration, Mike Castle has been on the government dole for over 42 years. Isn’t he part of the problem? More importantly, Congressman Castle is really an Arlen Specter Democrat! Here are some of his highlights:
- In 2008, the American Conservative Union gave Mike Castle a 28% rating.
- In 2008, Congressman Castle supported the interests (fiscal conservatism) of Club For Growth 26% of the time.
- Americans for Fair Taxation considered how each congressional representative stood on the FairTax, illustrated with +3 as a sponsorship, +2 as a co-sponsorship, +1 as support, 0 as does not support, and -1 as against. In 2008, the actions of Representative Castle is represented by -1.
- In 2008 National Taxpayers Union gave Representative Castle a rating of D.
- In 2007 Americans for Tax Reform gave Representative Castle a grade of 58.
- In 2007, the American Conservative Union gave Mike Castle a 20% rating. Source: VoteSmart.org
- Representative Castle supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity only 63 percent of the time in 2007.
- In 2007 Traditional Values Coalition gave Representative Castle a grade of 0.
Representative Castle supported the interests of the National Small Business Association 60% in 2007-2008.
- Castle supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 75% in 2008.
- In 2007 NARAL Pro-Choice America gave Representative Castle a grade of 100.
- Castle supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100% in 2006.
- Representative Castle supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 55% in 2007-2008.
- Representative Castle supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2007-2008.
- Representative Castle supported the interests of the Family Research Council 23 percent in 2007-2008.
Representative Castle supported the interests of the PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays 100 percent in 2007.
Representative Castle supported the interests of the Citizens Against Government Waste 48% in 2007.
- In 2008 National Rifle Association gave Representative Castle a grade of F, in its scorecard for candidates seeking office in 2008.
- In 2007 Gun Owners of America gave Representative Castle a grade of F-.
- Based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionnaire sent to all Congressional candidates in 2006, the National Rifle Association assigned Representative Castle a grade of F (with grades ranging from a high of A+ to a low of F).
- Representative Castle supported the interests of the AFL-CIO 73 percent in 2008.
- Representative Castle supported the interests of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 57 percent in 2008.
- Representative Castle supported the interests of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 83 percent in 2008.
- Representative Castle supported the interests of the American Security Council Foundation 50% in 2007-2008.
- In 2007-2008 Center for Security Policy gave Representative Castle a rating of 54%. So how is Congressman Castle a CONSERVATIVE?
RedState.com, Michael Castle, Christine O'Donnell, Arlen Specter, Joe Biden, Jason O'Neill, Cap and Trade, American Conservative Union (ACU), http://DelawareRepublican.wordpress.com