March 3rd, 2009
01:49 PM ET
6 years ago

GOP senators given 'Comrade of the Month' award

A conservative Club for Growth is criticizing three Republican supporters of the president's stimulus bill.
A conservative Club for Growth is criticizing three Republican supporters of the president's stimulus bill.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Club for Growth has bestowed the three moderate senators who supported President Obama’s stimulus plan with their monthly “Comrade of the Month” award.

The small government advocacy group announced Tuesday that 86 percent of its members chose to give the February award to Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, who broke with their party last month to give the White House the 60 votes needed to pass the stimulus package.

“As future generations of American taxpayers struggle to pay off the country’s mountain of debt, they will have these three Republican Senators to thank,” said Club for Growth Executive Director David Keating in a press release.

According to the group, the dubious honor “is awarded at the end every month to the public official or figure who best lives up to the policies of big government and favors restrictions on economic freedom.”

The jab at Specter is particularly eyebrow-raising because it comes one day after the Club’s president, Pat Toomey, said he is considering challenging the Pennsylvania senator in next year’s Republican primary. If Toomey runs, it would set-up a re-match of the bruising 2004 GOP primary battle that Specter ultimately won.


Filed under: Arlen Specter • Olympia Snowe • Susan Collins
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Gene

    So basically the RNC is saying you vote the way we want you to vote or you'll be punished. It is not your place to have your own opinion. Can you say fascism?

    March 3, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. JonDie

    I guess that GOP should know a comrade when they see one; for eight long years the GOP rubber-stamped Bush's budgets and wars (that led up into the current depression) just like the Soviet Politburo. The GOP also abolished many of our constitutional liberties and traditions under Bush...just like the commies in the Soviet Union and China.

    March 3, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. dumbocrat alert

    Well deserved, now please run as liberal jerks next time.

    March 3, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. Joe Terrogano

    What a pathetic bunch these conservative groups are. "Comrade of the month". Nothing of substance, just more negative propaganda. I hope these folks cross over to the Democratic side. Conservatives went from being the Moral Majority to the Constipated Minority.

    March 3, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Oh...is it that time of the month again?

    March 3, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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