Today, the Club for Growth PAC endorsed Chris Hackett in the Republican primary in Pennsylvania’s Tenth Congressional District.
While Hackett does not have a voting record, he has quickly demonstrated a commitment to pro-growth issues on the campaign trail. Taking the lead against congressional pork, he wrote an op-ed for the local Scranton Times, criticizing Democratic Representative Chris Carney’s record of voting for such wasteful earmarks as California’s Mule and Packers Museum. He recently signed Citizens Against Government Waste’s Earmark Reform Pledge and challenged both Carney and his primary opponent, Dan Meuser, to sign the pledge as well. Hackett is also a strong supporter of tax cuts, school choice, and tort reform.
“With his business background and his pro-growth campaign platform, Chris Hackett has demonstrated an intuitive understanding of the importance of limited-government, free-market policies in advancing economic growth,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “We are confident Chris Hackett will fight for lower taxes and an end to wasteful government spending if elected to Congress. He is exactly the kind of principled conservative Pennsylvania taxpayers deserve to have representing them.”
Most endorsements are a one day event that are good for a press release but this one counts. The Club for Growth is a big player in Republican politics that can steer a lot of money to a candidate and Pat Toomey has a committed following among my PA conservative friends.
The new Meauser ad is titled Securing Our Borders
It starts off with the family gathering for dinner and a friend asked "is there any food on the table?" Then it shows some scary pictures of Mexicans claiming that there are 20 million illegal immigrants in "our country." Who counted them? I sure they don't send in their census forms. It cuts to a very serious looking Meuser telling us that immigration is a problem that costs millions. How much? He then gives us the "Meuser Plan" that sounds like what every other Republican candidate is saying. Secure the borders (does he want to also build a fence on the Canadian border?), no amnesty and making English the official language. I'm still not sure how naming an official language will discourage immigration.
Standard Republican fare playing on our fears instead of appealing to our hopes. Whatever happened President Reagan's "Shinning city on a hill?"
This will probably play well with the one issue voters but the recent F&M poll from last week lists immigration as the 6th most important issue to Republican voters scoring only 8%.