A new progressive Democratic leaning SuperPac--called CREDO--announced Monday that Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) will be one of their first targets. Walsh, a freshman, is running in the Illinois north suburban 8th congressional district. Democrats Tammy Duckworth and Raja Krishnamoorthi are locked in a March primary battle.
Earlier, the Democratic House political shop said Walsh is also one of their prime targets.
New Progressive Super PAC Targets 10 Tea Party Republicans in House
CREDO SuperPAC's 11,000 Donors Second Only to Stephen Colbert's SuperPAC
CREDO members vow to "Take Down the Tea Party Ten"
Washington, DC--Today, CREDO Mobile announces the first six candidates to be targeted by the CREDO SuperPAC's Take Down the Tea Party Ten campaign. The SuperPAC will support local organizing in ten districts represented by Tea Party Republicans who are vulnerable in the 2012 elections. The multi-million dollar independent expenditure operation will spend an estimated $3 million to target the most extreme Tea Party Republicans where grassroots organizing by progressive activists both online and in the field can narrow the gap between victory and defeat and retire some of the worst members of Congress.
The first round of targets include:
· Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)
· Rep. Steve King (R-IA)
· Rep. Allen West (R-FL)
· Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL)
· Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH)
· Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN)
An additional slate of candidates will be selected with input from CREDO's members and subscribers.
"We're talking about some of the most odious members of Congress. Even for Republicans these guys are low," said Campaign Manager Matthew "Mudcat" Arnold. "We're going to empower local activists to organize their friends and neighbors to lay out the truth about their representatives in the most basic terms: They are anti-woman. They are anti-science. They are hypocritical, bigoted, and have said and done things that are downright crazy. They've done more to embarrass their constituents then they have to govern or work toward solutions. They are unfit for congress, and we're going to help their constituents hold them accountable."
CREDO SuperPAC will open field offices in each district, partnering with local constituents and organizers to lead voter mobilization and education campaigns targeting the outrageous policies of the "Tea Party Ten." Calling these representatives "unfit to serve," CREDO Super PAC seeks to highlight the worst stances of the Tea Party incumbents, including: Real World star Sean Duffy's out-of-touch policies; Steve King's bigotry; Chip Cravaack's hypocrisy and attacks on Planned Parenthood; Joe Walsh's refusal to pay child support; Frank Guinta's extreme corruption; and Allen West's outrageous public statements and votes for slashing Medicare benefits for nearly 20% of his own constituents - including 125,00 seniors.
"We're taking the traditional SuperPAC model and turning it on its head - to put power back in the hands of the people, instead of consolidating it in the hands of corporate executives and the ultra-wealthy." Becky Bond, president of the CREDO SuperPAC, said "Where Karl Rove and the Koch brothers can use shady money from a few hidden donors to fund a barrage of TV attack ads, this SuperPAC will empower local voters and our list of 2.5 million activists to build a grassroots campaign that is as hard hitting as it is progressive. Using innovative tactics, technology, and good, old fashioned grassroots organizing, we're going to kick some Tea Party congressmen out of office."