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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  1. Wes Kench

    Give me a break. Leave Hillary alone. I am an independent voter as well as a former Republican and cannot think of one Republican that could come close to her. Who would you rather see, McCain? Why elect an almost Democrat, just elect the real deal. See what I mean?

    July 22, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  2. Name

    "Our stategy for America's future? .... stop Hillary from being elected and stick things into women's vaginas ... Oh yeah, and ... Wait!, it will come to me ... Jobs!

    Republican "Strategist"

    July 22, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  3. ya rights

    That once again backfires!

    July 22, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  4. Patty

    She will be pres because of illegal voting like when Obama got in there. She belongs to the muslim brotherhood. If people get too close they will be killed.

    July 22, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  5. mb2010a

    Hillary Clinton for President in 2016 and again in 2020!!!!

    July 22, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  6. Balanced99

    If publishers/"news' stations such as CNN actually reported the news, there would be no need to campaign to stop Hillary – enough Americans would actually know what the far left policies are doing to our country – Romney would have one in a Landslide!

    Remember CNN's non stop multi-headline daily reporting of Wisconsin when they limited union powers for state employees then attempted to overthrow the Governor? Note there's NOTHING in their headlines today about what once was one of the greatest cities in the world going bankrupt. A city absolutely destroyed by corrupt liberal politicians and the unions that repeatedly put them in office.

    What if publications like CNN actually:
    – investigated Bengazi and factually reported
    – followed the corruption at the IRS
    – had true stories about our economy
    – the list goes on and on.

    Instead – you pure get the left wing cheer leading.

    July 22, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  7. werewolf1

    Why worry about Hillary? Worry about three more years of Obama Rama.

    July 22, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  8. Mick Smith

    I think poor health or death will prevent her from running. She's old and she looks bad. But I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

    July 22, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  9. GOP Sucks

    I am a registered Republican. I would love to see Hillary Clinton run and win the 2016 Presidential race over the GOP. The GOP's tactics these past few years have devastated the entire economy because of their inability to work with the demacrates and the President. This "showmanship", while maybe impressive on Capitol Hill, has caused every American to suffer with higher unemployment, oil, and consumer costs the likes we've never seen before. Because of the GOP controlled congress, the President has become nothing more than a lame duck figure-head. Hillary inspires people to work towards the common good of all – which has never been the case of the GOP. The time has come to remove the GOP from control of the congress and return it to the people. I for one would gladly vote for Hillary and change. Republications be fore-warned – the time has come that control of congress by the GOP no longer means economic growth, jobs, security, and prosperity. The GOP is nothing more than a few old men desperate for the fleeting control of years past. GOP – get over it.

    July 22, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  10. i_know_everything

    lmao, this only makes her stronger

    July 22, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  11. Rembrant

    If there was anything conservatives are good at, it is wasting time and money chasing ink elephants.

    July 22, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  12. Ahucs

    Don't they get it by now? People are pretty sick of the whole "I oppose anything you support" politics that the right has been championing over the last decade.

    July 22, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  13. Alex

    Hillary could hamstring this effort from the get go – she should sign a pledge saying that she will not support any gun control legislation. Democrats need to understand that it is forever a vote loser, never a vote winner.

    July 22, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  14. William

    After seeing her in action I am not so sure she needs to be POTUS.
    We dont need anymore family dynasties running for office.

    July 22, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  15. ironman59

    Great strategy gop just like you have in congress. You don't have a viable candidate of your own or policies the country wants. So instead of promoting your side you are putting all your efforts into stopping the other side. Just more of the "NO" tactics from the gop.

    July 22, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  16. kurtinco

    If GOTP are already campaigning against her 3 years out and before she has announced she'll run, she's got my vote.

    July 22, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  17. Mike

    Hillary, or any competent Democratic presidential candidate will be tough to beat in 2016.Why? Two reasons: 1) the Republican party continues to be in disarray – not having found its core message, constituents, or mojo, 2) Obama's machine. President Obama has the best social media machine & grassroots data base on the planet. He will sell it to the candidate of his choosing. His political power will not stop once he is out of office. Any half decent Democratic candidate who can run a competent campaign will win the 2016 election. NOTE: I am an Independent with Libertarian values who wishes there were 3 or more viable political parties – however, that is not the case and "it is what it is."

    July 22, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  18. jay

    This is the problem with our political parties, instead of focusing on fixing whats wrong with this country they are focusing on stopping someone who hasn't decided to run yet...

    July 22, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  19. kurtinco

    Why don't you try campaigning FOR something for a change, GOTP?

    July 22, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  20. NameScott

    Won't hurt a bit. We Love Hillary and she will be our next president.

    July 22, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  21. Wm Alderman

    Is it me or does anyone else see these weak minded individuals have nothing else to do but try to cause trouble. It is obvious that they are too narrow minded and too much of a coward to try and run themswlves. If you can't do anything to help this country come together then close your mouth and stand back and let someone who has the balls to try and fix the problems. Its always some fancy collage boy rich kid trying to start trouble.

    July 22, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  22. a reid

    If only these people had seceded from the US, they wouldn't have to fill their time this way.

    July 22, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  23. Mark

    When are Republicans going to learn to field their own decent candidates instead of always attacking Democratic candidates. It just makes them appear out of touch, mean and without hope.

    July 22, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  24. dencal26

    She is the most overrated politician in America. A below average US Senator and a miserable failure as Secretary of State. 4 Years without 1 Diplomatic success. In fact she had very few attempts at diplomacy other than her stupid " RESET" button with Russia. Kerry is in the job just a short time and already trying to host Arab-Israeli peace talks. Hillary married a future President once. That's her resume

    July 22, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  25. Tom Schubert

    Have the Republicans learned nothing from their past failed stategies? This is exactly why Republicans like me have started to vote for Democrats. There is no need for groups to oppose Republican candidates as they are experts at political suicide.

    July 22, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
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