March 3rd, 2009
01:49 PM ET
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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
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  1. Renee

    Apparently it is OK when Republicans borrow money from China to support their agenda. Eventually you have to pay borrowed money back. And isn't borrowing money when it won't be paid back part of what got us into this economic turmoil. Our children will end up paying for our poor choices, but that started long before Obama got into office.

    March 3, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. elizabeth

    Thank God for the moderates.....the rest of the "party of no" ought to pay attention.

    March 3, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Sorry 2CU go

    I'm sure Arlen Specter made a lot of enemies within the GOP for his voracious questioning of ex-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on the subject of Habeas Corpus. Mr. Specter won my respect on that alone.

    Whatever. It's only the Constitution. They (the GOP) never followed their own "Contract With America", either.

    March 3, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Rick

    To those Comrades of the DEMONCRATES, Obama's stimulus made 60 jobs today while UNEMPLOMENT ROSE TO 8%, Good job comrades, you sold out our country to higher TAXES

    March 3, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. Lancesmom

    I think the GOP will do anything to be in the news, they are so non-relevant now.

    March 3, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Michael

    Sounds like a Junior High School Club based on this type of behavior.

    March 3, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Cynthia in Michigan

    Well, David Kaine gets my Burn in Hell award for his espousal of unfettered greed.

    March 3, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Dan

    As a resident of the commonwealth of Pa. I will do everything that I can to support Arlan Specter. I will be donating to his campaign and I am sick of these so called conservatives who offer nothing but complain about everything.

    March 3, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Mike STL

    Well considering the fact that the GOP's version of "economic freedom" is ripping off the people of the USA, then losing all the money themselves, and then blaming the same people they ripped off, then by all means give me a "Comrade of the Year" award too! Of course I don't support that political crap.

    My applause to the three GOP senators who did stand up for America. You may be partyless soon, but there is room for you in the People's Party (Democrats).

    March 3, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Bibek

    I am from Maine and I am a democrat but I am very proud of Sen. Collins.
    Good Job Senator.
    Glad we chose you to be our voice.

    March 3, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. mimi

    HOW JUVENILE !!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. Cystem Phailure

    Only 3 republicans responsible for the national debt? What a laugh! Haven't you pulled your head out within the past 8 years? The GOP is responsible for almost ALL of the total debt. But you are right in your prediction that future generations will place the blame for the debt on the republicans.

    March 3, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. David

    It's simple. Vote them out next time they are up for election.

    March 3, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. patriot

    Eating their own again! The GOP, a marginalized excuse for a party that was already clinging for life, further decimates itself. Incredible!

    March 3, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. lovable liberal

    Time for a new name: The Club for Depression.

    Once that's over in ten years, economic growth out of the wreckage should be easy.

    Spare me the libertarian efficient market nonsense.

    March 3, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. JP

    If these moderate Republicans and the Democrats are 'comrades', i.e., the party of Stalin, does that make Republicans the party of Hitler?

    March 3, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. It is any Wonder?

    For a party that totes Freedom and Liberty as it's badge of honor...the Repubilcansare sure punishing thier brothers and sisters who exercised thier freedom by voting their beliefs. If the Republicans want to punish and demonize these moderates for trying to look at new options to help this country while working with the Democrats...why don't we Democrats welcome them with open arms. I'd love to have 3 more Dem's.

    March 3, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Jesus was a liberal

    Man... no shame.... folks. It was OK to go to war and give tax cuts to the top tier at the same time. But now that the de-regulation that so many conservatives fought for has brought us to our knees, it is unacceptable to prop up the economy. WOW..... how do folks do it? It's like denying your pregnant, you WILL have to face your situation someday, and you CAN'T just make something like that so, because you say it is.

    March 3, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    Just ignore the carping self-righteous right. They have no ideas, so they throw rocks. It is just another example of their "Christian values"

    No wonder America voted them off the island. \

    March 3, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. Luke Brown

    The Club for Grotesque is a joke. It is just one of a number of right-wing groups that do nothing for this country except promote disunity..

    March 3, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. Sonmi

    This McCarthyism nonsense of insinuating that anyone who supports political positions different from one's own preferences is necessarily Communist, Socialist or un-American is simply wrong. We need to respect one another despite legitimate disagreements without resorting to such distortions

    March 3, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. John

    Spector would win because Obama's economic plan will steer not only our economy out of this mess, but the economies made up of the G-7 nations.

    March 3, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. No Hillary = No Obama

    And when the stimulus plan doesn't live up to all the hype, then they can be given the "Chump of the Month" award.

    March 3, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. thanks, but no thanks

    We love Senator Specter. And trust me, PA will vote for him. Where was Club for Growth Executive Director David Keating last 8 years? Where were the fiscal conservatives last 8 years? Oops forgot, they were concerned with gay rights. What a bunch of clowns. Their desire is for this country to fail. Not under our watch...

    March 3, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. Lisa C.

    Oooo, the GOP is dying hard and ugly. Do they not realize that we're reading this stuff? SOMEBODY, PLEASE tell them to logon and check the news. Better yet, this is kinda fun to watch. I wish the best for the Wise-3, who put their careers on the line for the betterment of the American people. Change ain't pretty right now, but it sure will look good when we're done.

    March 3, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
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