July 22nd, 2013
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‘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)

    Run Hillary, please run.

    July 22, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. uglygosling

    If the 'stop Hilary' crowd irritates me enough, I just might vote FOR her to show them I will decide who I am going to vote for, not them!

    July 22, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Joe

    This is their plan? Good Luck

    I am no Hillary Supporter (although I would of preferred her to Obama) but if this is the plan Repubs have than you might as well not even run against her.

    I personally think Hillary can't win, not because she isn't capable (she is) but moreso because there are to many men in the Dems party who wouldn't want a woman as the president and there are also a lot of women who would want that either.

    As for the Repubs, if Rubio is in then he will win...hands down. The Latin vote will help as well as the conservative base that is tired of Obama's uselessness...on the world stage Obama gets an F IMO on the domestic front he gets a C-, on social issues he gets a B+......but social issues don't pay the bills.

    July 22, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. mitchgam

    I am not sure if Hillary is the best choice to be our next president, but given her actual hands on experience and the fact that the Republicans have Darwin Awarded themselves into obscurity, if she wins the Democratic nomination, what other choice to we have.

    July 22, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. conoclast

    Isn't it time the "conservatives" and their fellow-travelers, the "christians" stood for something positive instead of being the Constant Naysayers they are?

    Wouldn't it be nice if they actually had a vision for the future of the nation-so that they wouldn't feel like their only option is to obstruct those who do?

    July 22, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. pprty

    The "committee" to attack Hillary will UNITE WOMEN to fight these MEN!! YIPPEE !! Couldn't be better 🙂

    July 22, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Robert

    It would take quite a bit for me not to vote for her.Go Hillary – I hope you run!

    July 22, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Nick

    The bigger question is why anyone thinks Hillary would be a good President. Like Obama, minimal time in the Senate. Minimal time in actual executive positions, and her stint in the State Department was hardly encouraging (can you say Iran, North Korea, Libya, Syria), ending with the Benghazi debacle/cover-up. If Democrats want to try to relive the glory days of Bill, knock yourselves out, but as Obama has proven there better be a solid resume or we're just going to further our demise.

    July 22, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. JoshO

    Why bother? The best thing for the republicans is if the dems run Clinton. She's unelectable. The blacks aren't going to come out in droves to vote for a white lady like the last two elections. Few moderates will vote for her. If we could get the republicans to run an electable ticket we might be able to get somebody in the cockpit that can pull up on the stick before it's too late...if it isn't already.

    July 22, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. VT_Citizen

    They must be pretty scared if they are organizing to defeat someone that isn't even running.

    July 22, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. civility

    By the way, surely most folks will eventually appreciate that its not the greatest idea to have a woman "Commander-in-Chief" anyway, right? Even a 'Secretary of State' was pushing it and look how that position lost its credibility recently. Where's Henry K. when we need him now ??? Hello? No, this isnt Thatcher's Britain, or Ghandi's India either....

    July 22, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Vince

    Maybe they should stop talking about abortion rights and worrying about what consenting adults are doing in their bedrooms? Sure sounds like a bunch of big government intrusion to me. If the GOP keeps focusing on that stuff...there is no stopping Hilary.

    July 22, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. The REAL Truth...

    @joe – As for the Repubs, if Rubio is in then he will win...hands down. The Latin vote will help as well as the conservative base that is tired of Obama's uselessness...on the world stage Obama gets an F IMO on the domestic front he gets a C-, on social issues he gets a B+......but social issues don't pay the bills.
    Rubio will not get much of a crossover vote.. so big fail IMHO. The Conservative base has been tired of Obama since Jan 2009, since the GOP made it clear that they intended to make him a one-term President. That worked so well, that we have him for 3 more years. Obviously the country felt otherwise, and now the GOP is taking this approach to ensure victory?? The manufactured scandals worked so well for them.. I guess they are at their wits end... and now we can expect Perry from TX to run in 2016??? It's no wonder they are becoming irrelevant... they are so far out of touch with anyone with a brain...

    July 22, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Mr Foobar2u

    Mr OKOFIA – Not a closet republican.. I can almost guarantee that everyone has values that are either conservative or liberal...
    In my case, I'm a liberal when it comes to healthcare, war, space exploration and the environment..
    I'm a conservative when it comes to the out of control spending (sadly, the "conservatives" have created a deficit bomb over the last 30+ years)

    July 22, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. sly

    Great times for America. We finally ended 200 years of White Men Rule in the White House, and hopefully Hillary Clinton can end 200 years of Men Rule in the White House.

    Americans should be grateful President Obama ended the 2 Bush Oil Wars, the stock market is approaching 20,000, unemployment is plummiting, we have health care for 40 million unprotected citizens, and our President killed America's biggest enemy of all time.

    Good times, America – keep it up!

    July 22, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. rosie

    Historical fact: Just say NO to everything Obama proposes and he will not win a 2nd term. Hmmmmm, how did that work for you GOP?

    July 22, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Chelsey Clinton

    300 million people in this county and all we can do is elect Clintons and Bushes for office? It's painful.

    July 22, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. alpeaston

    Doesn't matter what muck they throw at Hillary (as if they had ever stopped flinging it) unless the GOP can find a presidential candidate that the religious nuts like (they hated Mormon – it's a cult – Romney) and a candidate that the average moderate independent can vote for (they did not like Santorum's extreme homophobia or Newt's shady past with his, all too numerous ex-wives and campaign finances!

    Hillary is a shoe-in (and even if Christie get down to a normal size) his "liberal" New Jersey cred will kill chances to win.

    July 22, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. Hank

    No need for a campaign or election since the liberal media have already declared a winner. Too bad she will only have Obama to blame for the mess she will inherit.

    July 22, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. nick

    Christie is a good guy ,but his problem is his Party. The people have seen what they've done since Obama got elected . No this, no that, no to everything. So, just to make Obama look bad theyve sacrificed the country
    When the election comes, the people wll ask "are you better off now than when Bush left office " The resounding answer YES

    July 22, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Rhette Michaels

    I'm all for Hillary if she picks someone from Texas or Florida. She'll need a VP running mate from one of the southern states to swing the vote....not too progressive, just more liberal than the current White House.

    July 22, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. bajadelmar

    Don't think about it, just say or do the opposite no matter what happens??? This just points out the blaring lack of intelligence from CONservatives.

    July 22, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. joe

    There seems to be no end to the childish spiteful obstructionism of the Republicants. Obviously they have nothing more to offer. No ideas, no policies, no talents, just a vestigial ability to stamp their feet, throw themselves down on the floor, and scream NO.

    July 22, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Jerry5555

    It doesn't matter if Hillary decides to run. It's all up to Christie. If Christie runs he will win easily regardless of who else runs. It's his decision to make.

    July 22, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. Steve Hamilton

    mitchgam: Well stated. A lot of people forget that politicians are graded on a curve. the major issue in 2016 will be who will she run against. So far, the GOP seems to be repeating the Elmer Fudd clone contest of 2012; infighting has started, the Tea Party is insisting on a candidate so far right, he will be off the road. I like your Darwin comment; this once great party is going the way of the dodo bird. It's the poorest run party since the "Know Nothings" of the mid-1800's.

    July 22, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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