Friday, May 15, 2009

GOP Disaster: Candidates Should Be Diverse, Female, Less Partisan, Supportive of Abortion

I'm ready for the third party option. Bloomberg reports that the "chief recruiter" for House Republicans wants candidates that can win, and in his mind those are "ethnically diverse, female, less partisan and even supportive of abortion rights."

GOP Disaster - Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
California Representative Kevin McCarthy says he is getting inspiration from the White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel. He likes Emanuel's "brass-knuckles approach." A candidate's "ideology" will not count for much as McCarthy does his recruiting. A conservative candidate? Nah! Who cares? Now Rep. McCarthy sees that Emanuel:
...recruited anti- abortion, pro-gun candidates such as Brad Ellworth, 50, a sheriff in Indiana, and Heath Shuler, 37, a former NFL quarterback, in North Carolina. The premise: identify candidates whose views best mirror those of their districts’ constituents rather than Democratic Party orthodoxy.
McCarthy is at busy at work recruiting in Emanuel's dynamic fashion, anti-abortion, pro-gun candidates:
1) John McKinney, a Republican State Senator from Connecticut: fiscally conservative, socially moderate centrist and "supports abortion rights." 2) Van Tran, a California state assemblyman, born in Viet Nam 3) Martha Roby, a city councilwoman in Montgomery, Alabama 4) Sid Leiken, 47, Mayor of Springfield, OR. 5) Frank Guinta, 38, who has already announced that he is running against for U.S. House against Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH).
Texas Senator John Cornyn, according to Bloomberg, says he will also seek candidates who deviate from the party platform.

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