February 10th, 2009
02:06 PM ET
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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. Justin, ny

    I think peole would be more willing to take republicans seriously if they were actually offering a NEW plan. Their plan is to lower the capital gains tax, and to lower taxes on corporations. guess what?!?!?! WE TRIED THAT FOR 8 YEARS AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED!!!! YOU LOST THE ELECTION, TIME TO TRY SOMETHING NEW

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

    Dear Mr. Specter, I think is is so impressive how you swindled the dems out all those millions in agreement to voting for the stimulus bill. I read in the stimulus package how you are going to get all that money for your state for your pet project.

    And people think republicans aren't smart? You probably made the dems and Obama pay you more in kickback than anyone else got in that stimulus package, if figures are accurate. Way to take them to the cleaners in their own game.

    February 10, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Ellen Gillespie

    Some of the states already counting on these dollars are the states whose Senators are loudly voting no – is there no end to hypocrisy?

    February 10, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Franky

    You GOP have ego's...I mean, come on, even we see it on your eyes. At least the Dems are happy for their progress and we don't blame them. They've been waiting for this, are you gonna blame them?? Maybe some might not have expected but some did and yeah, whether their ego's have grown like Steele suggested is a good way to say it BUT do you blame them?? As far as I'm concerned and last time we checked, you GOP ego's have been growing since 9/11...*wink**wink*.

    February 10, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I am guessing these Republican groups don't really care about how the rest of the country is doing. I would hope that these people get the understanding that no one else is spending and therefore the government is the spender of last resort.

    February 10, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Ohio Citizen

    If they follow through on the threat these Senators will get my support and many other Democrats. Maybe, just maybe, we can have a final purge of the obstructionists when they start putting thier resources into vendettas. That would be oh so sweet.

    I'll write a check right now.

    February 10, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. SA in OO

    That will work –
    If you can't beat the president, then beat up on your own kind.

    It's absolutely insane how hyper-politicised the congress has become. Unlike the mayors and governors who generally support the bill, the congress is wrapped up in it's own little world, far away from roads, bridges, jobs and real people.

    February 10, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. geecee

    You people are so ridiculous. Your "children" and "grandchildren" are already in debt up to their ears because of the last 8 years of fiscal irresponsibility so get over it. You make it sound like this stimulus package is the end of the U.S.A. What a bunch of whining babies. Get an education, you'll feel better and understand much more.

    February 10, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. EJ

    well so much for "COUNTRY FIRST" and unity without divisions I guess, huh?

    February 10, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. President Obama Brings It!

    Republicans = Gangsters....or so they think. It will be a cold day in hell before they see the White House again. They had eight years to turn this crap around, but chose not to. Now along comes some one who is for the American people...really...and they want to act like thugs and chumps? Oh please. Kick azz Mr. President. Screw them.

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

    Those you who like the bill and the courage of these Republican senators to vote for the bill, please send a 'thank you' note them. I just did.

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

    The Conservative group 'The National Republican Trust PAC" and the the Repubiclan Party that is pledging to work against Republican senators who support the stimulus package is outright "BLACKMAIL".

    February 10, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Mark Grimes

    The problem with this line of logic or political leveraging strikes at the core of what is wrong with politics. The idea that maintaining one's seat is more compelling than doing what is right by your judgment for your constituents and the country is just plain wrong. Politicians should not vote to keep their job; they should do what is necessary and right.

    Now, before I get accused of being naive, I do understand that ego and prestige cause politicians to do the very opposite of what I am suggesting. But that is what is wrong about politics and why term limits came to the forefront of voters minds years ago.

    We "hire" our legislators to represent us based on the ideas they share during their "interviews" with the voters. That is what they should be doing, not doing what is best for them to maintain their positions.

    February 10, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Dan in NY

    Perhaps these Republicans who are threatening Senators Snowe, Spector, and Collins, should look at the poll numbers. These three Repubican Senators should be hailed for looking out for the best interest of the country. The rest of the Republicans have spent all their time fighting against the package, but not one has stood up and offered an alternative or compromise. All talk, no action from the Republican party, with the exception of three intelligent, hard working Senators who are truly looking out for the best interest of the country and their constituency! Shame on the rest of them!

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

    Communists, they are. You either thinks like they think or else.
    Hey, we will gladly welcome Susan, Olympia and Arlen home to the Party of Tollerance and independence, the Democratic Party.
    Let them leave these right wing nuts alone.

    February 10, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. R.E.S.

    It's a sad day when Americans can't vote their conscience without being threatened. Is this a free country or not?

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

    Maybe the three Republicans will change parties and that would really stop anymore Republicans mess.

    All have forgotten that the Republicans have no problems voting for tax cuts and wars but do not want to pay for it. President Clinton left office the debt was around $5,000,000,000,000.00. The eight years of President George W. Bush left a debt of $11,000,000,000,000.00. My question is where in the heck were all these Republicans in Congress stating I am looking out for the American tax payer then?

    February 10, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Mb, North Olmsted

    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.

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME. President Obama raised money for his election through ordinary Americans. what non government organization are you talking about

    February 10, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. PA Dem

    This is the perfect example of why a life-long Democrat from PA like me votes for Sen. Specter EVERY time. He has more guts and integrity than all 37 obstructionists combined. This PAC may want to take note that PA is a BLUE state and Dems will vote for Specter because of his moderacy. Other GOP candidates may not get the same consideration. We learned a hard lesson with Mr. Santorum, one we are not likely to repeat!

    February 10, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Bob in Pa

    Specter never was a Republican and never will be

    February 10, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Ken, Pisgah Forest NC

    These guys are partisan morons. They are the problem with America. Maybe they'll sink back into the slime they came from. Senators need to vote their own concience, not fall in line behind a bunch of bone heads. Hurrah for Senators Snow, Collins, and Spector. They are the heroes of the Republican party!

    February 10, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. No Hope Left

    For to long the GOP have done nothing but cry cry cry. Its time it ends! You people have done nothing but hurt my hope for a better life. YOU SHOULD ALL BE REMOVED FOR OFFICE!! In 2010 i will do what ever i can to make sure no rep wins a vote and i would ask the US people to do the same. Our kid need better. We need love not rep hate.

    February 10, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Barbara, NY

    Whatever, America is suffering. They don't get it.

    February 10, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. WhoCares?

    Good Lord.

    Can the GOP become more infantile?

    They need to change their headquarters to a pre-school somewhere.

    February 10, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Wheelin' & Dealin'

    That's it...send the Republican Party further to the right. Brilliant idea. Limbaugh must be so proud...

    February 10, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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