February 10th, 2009
02:06 PM ET
9 years ago

GOP group gets tough against Republicans who support stimulus

A conservative group is pledging to work against Republican senators who support the stimulus.

A conservative group is pledging to work against Republican senators who support the stimulus.

(CNN) - An influential conservative political action committee is pledging to support primary challengers to any Republican senator who supports President Obama's stimulus package - the latest public show of dissatisfaction from the right over the massive measure before Congress.

"The American people don’t want this trillion dollar political payoff that will just line the pockets of non-governmental organizations who supported [President] Obama in the election,” said Scott Wheeler, the executive director of The National Republican Trust PAC, an organization that calls for less government spending and lower taxes.

Related: For House and Senate, time to settle stimulus

“Republican senators are on notice," Wheeler said. "If they support the stimulus package, we will make sure every voter in their state knows how they tried to further bankrupt voters in an already bad economy.”

In a Senate vote Tuesday, only three Republicans backed the $838 billion measure - Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, and Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter.

All three senators were involved in cutting spending proposals from the plan, and have said they may not vote for the final version bill if more spending projects are added to it.

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Filed under: Arlen Specter • Olympia Snowe • Susan Collins
soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. AJ

    Great, let these idiots spend their money attempting to unseat Snow, Collins and Specter. These fools and their money will soon be parted.

    February 10, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Vicki5

    This keeps getting better and better. It was just yesterday these same republicans were squalking about the money going to government entities. They are the ones who'd better watch their backs. It's time to start bringing them down, and I'm looking forward to a few of them imparticular.

    February 10, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Glenda

    This is how the GOP treats people who want to focus on problem solving rather than politics as usual. They do not like people to think for themselves and provide rational dialogue within the GOP ( ie, Collin Powell). It seems like they are turning into a dangerous cult like organization that is not healthy for them or America.

    February 10, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. JustPlainSilly

    Considering Snowe is planning on retiring after her term is up, Collins's seat is safe until 2014 and Specter seems to enjoy primary battles; I don't believe this is really going to scare anyone.

    February 10, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Mr. Semaj

    Today's Senate Republicans are part of a dying breed.

    Each time they block a new bill, they're just falling further into oblivion, which will be reflected in the 2010 election.

    February 10, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. LiLa, WI

    I wish one of those three courageous senators lived in my state so that I could go out and campaign for their re-election. The Republican Party just doesn't get it - and that's why they got taken to the cleaners in November. It will happen again if they don't get their act together and start making decisions for the good of the country instead of for themselves. Idiots.

    February 10, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. J.L.

    Yeah... this is the "Country First" party. "Don't follow us and you're a traitor," but... what do you expect. Republicans seem to have a hard time accepting that they are a minority in both house of Congress. And not just a slim minority... and unlike some pragmatic folks (those mentioned in the article), the rest of the party wants to be the obstructionist party, more interested in touting their "conservative" values rather than putting "Country First."

    February 10, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Axl in Iowa

    I estimate this folly will be the beginning of the end of Obama's popularity. Unless most Americans truly are STUPID. And don't mind giving up theirs and their childrens future. Those who are poor now have no chance in the foreseeable future of any prosperity. It has just been guaranteed. Good luck Y'all.

    February 10, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. NIKI


    February 10, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Dems be dopes

    Ahhh yes Comrade, we shall go to a one party rule as this will be better for the underlings....

    February 10, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. Typical White Person

    Kathy February 10th, 2009 12:48 pm ET

    The GOP had control of congress until January 2007. They ran up the national debt, allowed NO BID CONTRACTS to anyone who had their hands out, had HUGE EAR MARKS on every bill


    The GOP is not alone in ear marks. Senator Byrd has racked up over $3,000,000,000 ($3 billion) in earmarks. And Obama, in 3 years, had $740 million in earmarked spending requests. The list included $1 million for a hospital where his wife works.

    February 10, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Jennifer

    So let me see if I get this right: voting for President Bush's $850 billion dollar plan (people claim it was $700 billion but don't forget the $150 billion pork added to it) and you are a good Republican but vote for President Obama's $807 billion dollar plan and you are a bad Republican? President Bush's plan did not address the housing and mortgage issue even though that was the impetus for the bill in the first place and they wanted the money without having to tell anybody what they were going to do with the money and they could not be held accountable for what they did with the money and they went out and used the money to purchase preferred stock in over 200 banks is a good plan. President Obama's plan that does address the housing market, unemployment, job creation and required accountability for how the money is spent is a bad plan. Hey Republicans the American population has regulated you to a worthless, meaningless party in the House and they have almost done it in the Senate. If you keep acting like you are, in the next election we the people will make you a completely irrelevant party in both the House and the Senate?

    February 10, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Jon

    I don't see any Republicans coming up to the plate to help out the American People.

    February 10, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. gt

    get rid off all of them and start over they all stink... both parties

    February 10, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. arithmetic is liberal

    Tax cuts are the answer!!
    What was the question, again?

    The Republicans are EATING themselves...

    February 10, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Kam

    If I were a republican senator , I would shut up at least for a year, because republicans are those who are responsible for financial crisis and two wars. GOP wants to keep giving more money to oil and gun companies, the ones who got us into this mess at the first place, who always supported GOP to get elected. The conservative motion, depending on oil companies, will soon die in America and around the world.

    February 10, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. Sue M

    Thanks to the three Republicans that voted for the Stimulus package......thank you for not listening to the do-nothing Republicans that would rather the people out here on Main Street just tough it out.....with NO help........you Republicans that didn't vote for it, you will be the ones that we will send a message to come the next elections......start looking for another line of work..........

    February 10, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. Had It

    I sent my republican representative (from the district I live in) an email this morning and let him know I'll work AGAINST him next election.

    No threats – just that promise.

    February 10, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. gl, Pittsburgh

    I don't see CNN telling the new that Sen. Arlen Specter office in Pittsburgh received a letter with power on it. These evil Republicans are going to do somthing that is going to get someone hurt.

    February 10, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. Peter of Oregon

    Three Republicans voted for the American people and not their party politics. I don't think they have anything to worry about come time for their relection. It's time to work together and Put Country First.

    February 10, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. sky

    Yeah....you guys who vote your conscious....you guys who vote by what seems right to your heart.....you're out of here.

    How dare you tell someone else how to vote.....Is it really true that you guys have people so afraid to vote their conscious in your party that they dont dare, vote agaisnt you. Is that REALLY what America is about. REALLY?

    Are you REALLY saying you will gang up on anyone who doesnt vote how you tell them to vote.....is that the Republican message now....you people are frightening.

    February 10, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. former republican

    Can't we all just get along?

    Ok, I must say that I just watched the town meeting held in Florida by President Obama. Our President is such a smart man, and I give him much kudos for going on the road and really speaking to Americans and taking the time to answer questions that are important to them.

    February 10, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Minnesotan

    Can someone please stick a fork in these obstructionist Republicans, turn 'em over, and tell 'em that they're done? And then they can explain why the GOP hates America and wants to turn us into a Third World nation. Bunch of traitors and creeps, if you ask me....

    February 10, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. Jackie

    Reps said yes to spend billions in the war in Iraq, but can't agree to spend billions to help Americans? They're just a bunch of rich mem who all have jobs and don't care about the poor people. They voted against provided health care for children....for goodness sake!

    February 10, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. Sally

    The GOP is dedicating itself to thwarting Obama, creating havoc, and generally being negative. For eight years they squandered our treasure and now they have the audacity to refuse to help in the clean-up.

    February 10, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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