July 22nd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
10 years ago

‘Stop Hillary’ group ramps up anti-Clinton efforts

Washington (CNN) - Hillary Clinton may or may not run for president in 2016, but the conservative effort to derail her potential candidacy is already underway.

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The organizers behind Stop Hillary PAC, a political action committee quietly incorporated in May, are stepping into public view this week as they ramp up their efforts to harangue Clinton as she mulls over her political future.

On Monday, the PAC is announcing its leadership team, steered by Ted Harvey, a conservative Colorado state senator who was a vocal opponent of the recent gun control laws passed in the state.

Also coming on board are Garrett Marquis, a media strategist and alumnus of John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign; Alex Shively, a former aide to Georgia Rep. Tom Price; Jacob Leis, a Colorado-based political strategist; and Dan Backer, a Washington attorney and lobbyist.

Those aren’t the most prominent names in Republican politics, but according to Marquis, that’s just fine. The PAC and its messaging are designed to appeal to grassroots conservatives and low dollar contributors, not traditional big donors.

Put another way, the group wants to be a boisterous party-crasher as the 2016 campaign gets underway, ginning up controversy and online contributions with barbed attacks against Clinton. To start, the PAC is releasing a video later this week “that will get a lot of attention,” Marquis promised.

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The organization’s plans to “Stop Hillary” are admittedly scattershot in these early stages of the race. Their portfolio could include “bracketing” events at Clinton appearances around the country, or local TV and radio ads, or social media efforts. If Clinton does decide to run for office, the PAC will be in Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina waiting for her.

The point, Marquis said, is “to make noise” wherever Clinton goes.

“We’re supporting anything that is the opposite of Hillary,” he said. “We will play however needed, wherever Hillary is playing. If she endorses in the Virginia governor’s race, we will go there. Assuming she is active in Iowa, we will be there, too, and we will make some considerable noise.”

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The group is separate from “Stop Hillary 2016,” a project initiated last month by America Rising, a new opposition research outfit helmed by former Mitt Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades and a pair of former Republican National Committee officials.

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soundoff (639 Responses)
  1. markrite

    This woman is a deadly poison pill for America. I agree that she must be STOPPED and STOPPED NOW.For her hubris apparantly knows no bounds. And let's not forget her DISASTROUS turn as Sec'y. of State. Remeber Benghazi? It's the REAL face of Hill'y. clint'n. Go away Hillary! MARKRITE

    July 22, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. creek

    awesome. a bunch of no-names and a mccain hack. this PAC should go really far. by stating that they are against everything hillary does just weakens the zero credibility they have anyway. there's a waste of money if there ever was one. just tell your "supporters" you wanna have a kegger and play circle jerk.

    July 22, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Dave

    These fierce attacks do nothing but sing to the choir.

    July 22, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Clouds9

    Former Sec. Of State Hillary Clinton is one of the most powerful persons in Washington.
    the honorable Hillary Clinton will run and not only will she win, she will win big!!

    July 22, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Stephen

    Here we go...republicans can't do anything but force their negativity down our throats. They can't tell you why to vote for them, only why not to vote for democrats, with the reason being that they never do anything themselves except make it illegal to live your life. "opposite of anything Hillary" ... So even if she wanted to do something they agreed with, they would be against it. yeh thats mature

    July 22, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. ConcernedCitizenVoter

    “We’re supporting anything that is the opposite of Hillary,”

    Here's our problem with the US: attacking people, not issues! This is the most childish thing I have ever read from supposed adults. So if Hillary pro-cancer research, are they going to launch an attack against cancer research??

    this blind attacking of people simply based on who they are and not paying attention to or working on the issue is what is running this country into the ground!

    July 22, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Dryden01

    Hillary became an irrelevant footnote to political history when she couldn't get a dance at the 2008 Democratic Party prom. She has no accomplishments of any significance in her Secretary of State resume filler. Whenever anything of importance came up, the administration sent "Bumbling Joe Biden" in to mismanage things. The last thing America needs is a reprise of the Clinton political circus even if it stars Hillary as cuckquean in chief. Anything these men can do to prevent that will be of benefit to the nation.

    July 22, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Dmitry

    Hmm... Although Her resume looks really good for the job of a president, I don't think America votes that way. America tends to vote for new faces rather then experienced people. Basically I don't think she could win an election, but I think she is a very strong candidate and can be a good president. GOP is so bad, that it's can't really offer anything substantial, don't know why I should listen to anything they say.

    July 22, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. Duh in NC

    "What difference does it make?"

    The most heartless, gutless and corrupt one liner in recent history. The fact that so many libs still support this woman is beyond imagination.

    July 22, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Name willard

    Hillary was lied her story what happened about murder of 4 amercian at benghziana so I will not vote support for hillary 2016

    July 22, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. clickron

    I think all the cocaine trafficking through Arkansas while her husband was Governor is going to hurt her. Barry Seale, the guy who brought the drugs in, was personal friends with both Bill and Hillary. Seale was murdered just before Bill ran for POTUS, case still "unsolved". Hundreds of millions of drug dollars laundered through Clinton sponsored non-profits, not good either.

    July 22, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Retart

    If anyone thinks the united states will vote in a non male then your are crazy. The last new president is considered the worst president we have ever had. The next one wont be another black person, or a female. It will be the undisputed most qualified candidate. This economy hurts and people will vote in whoever will balance the sheets so it stops hurting.

    July 22, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. MacDaddyWatch

    America will not vote for a rapidly aging grandma who is falling apart faster than a sun-drenched beached beluga. Blank-outs, Benghazi, wrinkles turning in to fissures and bulging proportions disqualify Hilderbeast from the get go.

    July 22, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. Larry

    We know the GOP doesn't want another Clinton in the White House – what will they offer as an alternative? We already know what they have to offer. Someone that will cut taxes on the rich, raise taxes on everyone else (like Snyder in Michigan), allow business to do as it pleases to our environment, and quickly take us back to war for middle east oil. Goodbye GOP – no one believes your lies anymore!!

    July 22, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. Peter

    She isn't even running yet, and the conservatives are frothing at the mouth. To make them look even more childish, they are recycling the contrarian strategy that has worked so well for them against Obama.

    July 22, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. roger

    If you like Obama's way of leadership than you'll love Hillary's way of leading.

    July 22, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. cd

    The stink of the 4 brave men bodies which Hillary will carry the smell of for the rest of her life does NOT not work well on international visit.

    July 22, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. loyalright

    She is a cancer just like her old boss.

    July 22, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. ShawnDH

    I can not wait to vote for HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT! The only question is which dead-eyed Republican extremist wacko will have the honor of losing to her.

    July 22, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. Name JOHANNES Rensen

    She is great,the right person to do this,and a female,we looking forward for here!!!

    July 22, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. Sid Airfoi

    “We’re supporting anything that is the opposite of Hillary,”

    I think this says it all. And this strategy worked SO well to make Obama a one-term President.


    July 22, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. loyalright

    I wonder if the screams of Ambassador Stevens haunt her and Obama? I doubt it.

    July 22, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Susan

    There is enough dirt out there on this woman and her husband to keep her from being elected to anything let alone president.

    July 22, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. SalManila

    Hillary needs to get up there and run! Oh, HELL yes! I am a Republican and Hillary running would be a gift. Actually, I think Hillary is fried from her most recent public post and would serve her party better as a supporter rather than a candidate.

    Personally, I would like to see Condoleezza Rice step up to plate and run for President. I think she could do the job and do it well.

    As an American first, I just want to see someone in the White House that has the people and country's best interest at heart.

    July 22, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. Sid Airfoi

    “We’re supporting anything that is the opposite of Hillary,”

    Just like when Republicans were FOR the individual mandate for health insurance...until Obama was for it, then they were against it.


    July 22, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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