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. DH

    The Repubs are headed for the hole their loser Romney fell in.

    July 22, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  2. are122

    She failed at her healthcare intuitive. She failed as Secretary of State. She knows nothing about the economy and she's a lawyer. Which makes her a perfect candidate for democrats.

    July 22, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  3. a great idea

    why don't the repubs just work on passing a law in the USA that one family or group of family's CANNOT run the USA government EVER again ...

    July 22, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. Steve Allard

    Funny comments such as "I see a lot of liberal, low informed voter types here.". Obviously you feel anyone not voting Repbulican is uniformed. It's actually the complete opposite; we are very well informed. I can't wait for the 2014 elections to give you guys another taste of 2012.

    July 22, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. rosspest

    Sadly the GOP is no longer about their own party platform, since they don't seem to have one.
    It's now about slinging mud at their political opponents, and trying to sabotage everything they try to accomplish.

    July 22, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. DE

    Conservatives are scared to death of Hillary.

    July 22, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  7. nwg6011

    I suppose next they're going to ask for her birth certificate.

    July 22, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  8. Wayne

    She's looking good for 2016. The party of "NO" should be concerned. 🙂

    July 22, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  9. ruemorgue

    these are clowns are really desperate.

    July 22, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  10. Palin Power

    This is a clear sign that Sarah Palin will become our next President. Hillary stands no chance against Sarah Palin.

    July 22, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  11. DE

    Todd, the economy was put in the dumpster by delusional stupid repugs economic policies. And "low" informed liberals? The only "low" people in this country are the fools on the right who watch the idiot talking heads a FAKE News. I would rather be an open minded, curious, eager to learn free thinking liberal than a closed minded, discurious, don't want to learn anything thought repressed conservative. The combined IQ average of voters who vote for Democrats is 104. The combined IQ average of voters who vote for Republicans is 96.3. This IQ data is based on SAT/ACT test scores. So whose the "low"informed? The major ills of this country are caused by 2 digit IQ voters who vote for 2 digit IQ representatives.

    July 22, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  12. nunya

    Go Hillary Go!!!!

    July 22, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  13. Freedom Storm

    America has seen NOTHING yet. Let her utter one peep about running, and witness a tsunami.

    July 22, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  14. Jimmie Russells

    Is this the same woman that said women are the true victims of war? What a bigot.

    July 22, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  15. CW

    End Snuke warfare! Anyone but Hillary in 2016.

    July 22, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  16. itzmeman

    Seriously. A group that has a sole purpose of following a person around to try and discredit her? Same ole' negative republican party that does not have anything positive to contribute so instead, spews hate. Sad

    July 22, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  17. Sally

    What difference does it make? So what if, it was your son ,husband ,father or uncle who died! We don't need them anymore! You've got me Hillary!

    July 22, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  18. NickAnast

    First they run attack ads against noncandidate Ashley Judd. Now they prepare attack ads against noncandidate (as of now) Hillary Clinton. They cannot give the American people a single positive reason to vote for the GOP, so they make up fact-free attacks against Democrats.

    July 22, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  19. MeanOldMan

    I figured the GOP was afraid of women by the way they try to suppress them whenever they can and their reaction to Hillary is further proof.

    July 22, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  20. Monomachos

    If she will explain why she went around telling people the Benghazi attack was the result of a demonstration about a video when it is clear that her personal staff knew otherwise from the get go (as is also now clear from the Pentagon and the CIA), I would consider voting for her depending on how she stacks up against her opponent. If she is going to be one of those politicians who promises transparency and does the opposite, then no thanks.

    July 22, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  21. makak

    Republicans – cry all you want, play whatever nasty games you come up with – regardless of it all, Hillary will win!

    July 22, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  22. David

    It's simple now...thanks...for making it easy...GO HILLARY...you get my vote now....and for a moment I wasn't sure...now I am

    July 22, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  23. craigorie

    The Republican crazies are just wasting their time once again. Hillary isn't going to run and whoever the Democrat is will beat any Republican. The Republicans will never again win the White House as they keep digging their hole deeper and deeper.

    July 22, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  24. Jeb Bush

    Hate, fear, and smear......same old GOP.

    July 22, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  25. Stoney

    Hilary should run for Ambassador of Libya

    July 22, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
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