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. Matthew, Detroit

    Go Get'm Toomey.

    Specter is a lousy representative of Conservative Values.

    March 3, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Kevin in Ohio

    Lets get rid of all three of these "comrades". We need to take back America from the left-wing and George Soros.

    March 3, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. big papa

    NEVER forget who is responsible for this economic crisis...

    ...Bush/Limbaugh Republicans and their conservative worshippers...

    ...should be reviled throughout this country...

    ...Conservatism should be dead as an ideology...

    ...and its adherents relegated to the dung heap of political and social obscurity...

    March 3, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. JOE

    Republicans are starting to eat their YOUNG....GOOD NEWS..

    March 3, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. JOE

    Republicans are starting to eat their YOUNG....GOOD NEWS..

    March 3, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. JOE

    Republicans are starting to eat their YOUNG....GOOD NEWS..

    March 3, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    It's so refreshing to see them eat their own. The serpent swallowing its tail....

    March 3, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. dallas female

    i keep hearing that the republicans want bipartisan ship, so when a member finally exhibits it they call them a comrade?

    W-T-F IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY!!????

    i say half of you need to go jump off the edge of the flat world.

    March 3, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. SHIRLEY "60"

    You can give me three reasonable, rational adults who put America first like these as comrades any day!!

    March 3, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Moderately Moderate

    Who are they kidding!?

    The Bush Administration and the GOP took us from a surplus to thumping big deficits.

    News Flash to Toomey: PA is a blue state now.

    March 3, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. greed is not good

    Bunch of Neo-Con fanatics don't run this country. The majority do. These 3 sole Senators also come from very liberal-leaning regions which forced their hands. Either sign-up for the new liberal agenda, or face almost certain defeat in the next elections.

    March 3, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Todd

    Broke from their party??? These are just Libs, in Republican clothing!!

    March 3, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. John

    Go right ahead, extremist Republicans. Keep pushing away the moderates. Keep pushing them towards independents and Democrats. Keep killing your party.

    -signed, a Democrat

    March 3, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Randy

    These three people are sad, uneducated and unamerican. These POS will be out of office very soon. Look your kids in the eye and give them these traitors telephone numbers and email address. Every time they complain about not being able to afford something tell the to call and email the three stoogis and thank them.

    March 3, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. Pam

    “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.

    To: Club for Growth Executive Director David Keating Shouldn't it read?: As future generations of American taxpayers struggle to pay off the country’s mountain of debt, they will have the Republican Party to thank for getting us in such a mess that the government had to bail us out.” This is what history will remember!

    March 3, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Dace Tucson AZ

    This is a true honor to be targeted by a white hood confederate theocracy group of haters. Thank you to the GOP senators that have not joined the 99% of their party that has embraced a new confederacy and caused more damage to this country than all other terrorist combined. Look at what they have done to us in 8 years – far worse than 9/11.

    March 3, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Willy Brown

    Arlen Specter • Olympia Snowe • Susan Collins; Three RINOs that need to cross the isle today and become dimwits!

    March 3, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. I voted for change!!!!!

    It's amazing how this group and others alike were not thinking about the future generations debt when President Bush was spending billions on the useless IRAQ war. Where were they then!!!!!

    March 3, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Minnesotan

    Nice Comrad, huh? We are headed past socialism now!

    March 3, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. Andi

    ouch! That's the sound of the GOP shooting itself in the foot (or face, if you're Cheney)

    March 3, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Mari

    What IS NEW???? During the 50's & 60's the GOP cried:

    "THE COMMIES ARE COMING!" And now, since they have no solutions, no ideas, just the SAME old FEAR-mongering......... they are handing out the "comrade of the month"!

    Criticizing Snowe & Collins for doing the right THING, for their country!

    Pathetic.

    March 3, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Accountability

    The "Club for Growth" stands really only for the growth of the top 5% of Americans.....These three ought to be proud of the honor of "Comrade of the Month" for caring about the other 95 % of us.

    March 3, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Lisa

    And what award is given to members of Congress who rubber stampled Bush's agenda and ideological policies that brought the greatest nation on earth to its knees during his 8 distasterous years?

    March 3, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. STL Paul

    And this award comes from people who support the billions upon billions we've spent on democracy in Iraq?

    March 3, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. KLK

    At least these three "comrades" have big enough esteem to not bend over for Rush.

    March 3, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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