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. sherman

    what a shame. I would have been in total support of her and against these conservatives were it not for one thing, and only one thing. First of all I find it abhorrent for men to be plotting to politically upset a woman. Partly because of the things that they will say behind the scenes because she is a woman. As a woman I can not tell you how sick and tired all women are of certain aspects of the make personality and the inability to have a woman rise to the top is one of those. It angers and scares us as a group. But for one small thing.. my pen would have been yours, my voice raised in defense and inspiration. You laughed. Either you didn't know the truth or you didn't care. eeek.

    July 22, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  2. Gabbo

    Hillary's hypocrisy makes me want to vomit – as does the "look the other way" hyprocrisy of her (?) supporters.

    July 22, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  3. Bill

    Always the party of NO – rather than identify a qualified candidate they look to create and obstruction. No wonder their party is shrinking. Sick and sad approach – already negative campaigning and the woman has yet to even say, let alone signal that she intends to run.

    July 22, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  4. Kree

    Seems like a waste of time to me nice try though your still gonna LOSE!!

    July 22, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  5. Anonymous

    not a good plan, the people of this great country teach their children to say nothing if you can't say something nice, does the gop get it ? NOPE. they can shadow the dem candidate as much as they want ,but the American people have had enough of their tatics.......as if the 2012 race did not say it load enough,....it was not the latino vote.....see I gave them 2 hints now lets see what happens !

    July 22, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  6. Griefman

    Hilabilly needs to crawl back under that Little Rock rock and let this country get on with fixing all the Progressive problems her ilk have caused US.

    July 22, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  7. Lib

    Wow GOP are desperate since all their candidates are lunatics.

    July 22, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  8. Johnny5

    Hillary should be given no chance at running for president. Remember Benghazi folks, because Hillary relies on you forgetting.

    July 22, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  9. theala

    Wow. Conservatives must be really scared she can win to go to this kind of effort.

    July 22, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  10. Say it aint so

    Going to a lot of trouble and expense for someone they claim cannot win.

    July 22, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  11. Muri

    Here's a really crazy idea. How about, just go with me, we run platforms on how good a particular strategy is? The current mode of showing me how bad the other guy would be seems to be silly.

    I know. Crazy!!

    July 22, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  12. Jack

    Now that word is out that there is a group and money specifically targeting Hillary, this will just energize her base. There is such a fear of a Democratic woman becoming President. What scares these extremists even more is how experienced and intelligent she is. These same people hate Obama and look where that got them. This is a small, well financed group of extremists trying to hold this country back.

    July 22, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  13. kmp

    Threatened much and notice all involved are men.

    July 22, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  14. RTG

    The party that can't offer strong candidates of their own again turns to trying to tear down others. Again, it won't work. Hillary is an strong choice for president and the American public will see right through this shameful attempt to discredit her candidacy.

    July 22, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  15. unclefcr

    “We’re supporting anything that is the opposite of Hillary,” he said. “We will play however needed, wherever Hillary is playing. How I wish she was pro gun, anti abortion, anti tax and anti science for just one month.

    July 22, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  16. DaveM

    She's not even running yet, but they are terrified of her. Hilarious...

    July 22, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  17. youGOgop

    Instead of putting in effort to "Stop Hillary" why not at least try to "Start" the GOP.

    July 22, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  18. mike sharpe

    she can't be worse than Obama. congress will not work with Obama, maybe they will co-operate with her a little more. our country needs congress to stop acting like a spoiled child not getting their way. compromise, people!!!!

    July 22, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  19. Halaku

    Scared Republicans are scared, because they understand that they have no valid candidates for 2016.

    July 22, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  20. Sprdthewrd

    Stop Hillary at all costs. Think Conservative NOT RHINO
    Get on board the Stop Hillary Express ! Derail that train.

    July 22, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  21. cntrlfrk

    Hillary, please just disappear into the dustbin of History and take your 'husband' with you. You have embarrassed this country enough!

    July 22, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  22. Mike Trottier

    She's got my vote if she runs
    I'm sick of republicans, especially the teabag side of them

    July 22, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  23. Jack 63

    Don't mess with Hillary, she will kill you. Just ask all the "loose ends" from the white water issue.

    July 22, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  24. A Kickin' Donkey

    She REALLY has these GOPTYP'ers terrified. And for thoses braindead numbskulls [or GOP bloggers posing as HRC supporters] who claimed thaty Hiliary would have been a better leader than Mr. Obama; that she'd handle the 3AM call better, I direct you to the Republican words above [paraphrasingf] . . . 'we're against anything she is for' .This is the foundation for the same blatant obstrution the President has faced. By 2016 thought, the rest of the Dem party will have had years of practice facing it down [e.g. the Nuclear Option in the Senate].

    July 22, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  25. Don

    Why start such a campaign now? They seem to be terrified of Hillary.

    July 22, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
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