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February 8, 2016

FreedomWorks Vs. John Cornyn: Round 2 | #TXSEN

FreedomWorks, a national organization aligned with the tea party, took its second shot at Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, this summer as part of a digital advertisement campaign targeting several GOP senators.

The Facebook spots link to a letter that notes “a number of Senators have joined Mike Lee’s efforts to defund ObamaCare.” The Utah Republican’s efforts are essentially a defacto threat to shut down the government if funding for the 2010 health care law is not eliminated.

“Now some are getting cold feet,” FreedomWorks continued. “Senator John Cornyn – one of the original supporters – has bowed to the Republican Establishment and no longer wishes to help Senator Lee. Why is Senator Cornyn withdrawing his support for Mike Lee?”

This marks the second noteworthy flare-up between Cornyn and FreedomWorks in recent months.

In July, Cornyn hired FreedomWorks’ former campaigns director, Brendan Steinhauser, as his re-election campaign manager, describing him as the operative who “led the group’s effort to elect Ted Cruz to the Senate in 2012″ in a news release.

FreedomWorks responded with a statement that said Steinhauser “did not lead our efforts to elect Ted Cruz.”

The most recent anti-Cornyn advertisement is part of a broader FreedomWorks campaign boosting Lee’s effort in 50 states, according to group spokeswoman Jackie Bodnar. “In terms of negative ads, we have named Toomey, Heller, Cornyn and Burr specifically so far,” she wrote in an email.

Cornyn addressed the letter in a recent Google Hangout.

“The letter that you’re referring to that Mike Lee authored is about a tactic, not a goal. … I don’t believe this is a particular tactic that will work,” Cornyn said. “This is a disagreement among friends.”

But tea party groups such as FreedomWorks and others remain emboldened in Texas, where Cruz’s 2012 Senate victory shocked the Texas Republican old guard. However, a serious tea party challenger for Cornyn has yet to emerge.

Meanwhile, the window narrows to recruit a conservative rival to take on Cornyn. The filing deadline is Dec. 9 and the primary is early — March 4. A Cornyn challenger would need millions of dollars to compete in one of the most expensive and expansive media markets in the country.

A spokesman for Cornyn noted that despite FreedomWorks’ current efforts, the Texas Republican ranks well with the group.

“He’s been fighting Obamacare tooth and nail for the better part of four years, which the folks at FreedomWorks have recognized by giving him a 92 percent rating and ‘Principled’ status,” Cornyn spokesman Drew Brandewie said.

  • View From The Left

    I love when the GOP gets into a circular firing squad.
    Ready…aim…FIRE!!! Yippee!!

  • The Spirit of the Laws

    Liberals’ war against Western civilization uses three main attack vectors:-Attacking the family-Attacking private property-Attacking Christianity

  • Benjamin Dover

    Those who preach from collectivism’s altar claim that equality of condition must be imposed in the interests of “society” and “fairness”.

  • Scott Davis

    Senator Cornyn,
    Being one of your constituents, I expect you to do everything in your power to oppose the Obama administration, Democrat legislation in the Senate that takes away the rights of states, opposes legitimately securing the border, or gives citizenship to illegal aliens who have already violated Federal law in being here. Doing everything you can to remove this travesty of a law that is Obamacare is the least you can do.

    Laws should be titled with the intent of the legislation. Legislators should be required to read every word of every law they are allowed to vote on. Laws that do not do what they are titled to do, should be immediately repealed.

    The “Affordable Care Act” was a child of Obama and 2 years of Democrat control of our government. They have done their best to destroy our economy and freedom while at the same time increasing dependency on government subsidies and entitlement programs. We cannot sustain this law, our health care system is already suffering, and citizens are losing their health care left and right. Well… and premiums have risen by more than Mr. Obama promised they would decrease.

    Please do what you have been elected to do, and truly represent what your constituents elected you to represent… Us. We didn’t vote for the Republican Leadership. We didn’t vote the Speaker of the House. We did vote for you, so you would represent us and vote as we believe on the issues, and that includes laws a congress of Democrats passed that can be defunded. The law may be the law, but it’s your job to make the law and you can help fix this. Chief Justice John Roberts said that Obamacare was constitutional, he did not say it was a good law. He said it was the job of Congress to pass good legislation, and this is not it.

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