This has been a tough week for conservatives in Washington. Republicans in both houses are caving on the postal bailout, highway bill, appropriations, Ex-Im Bank, Violence Against Women Act, and the student loan bailout. It's not going to get easier when they come back from recess in May. This is why we need game-changers like Scott Keadle in Congress. Keadle is running in NC-8, the seat currently held by born-again blue dog Larry Kissell.
As I search out conservative candidates throughout the country on behalf of the Madison Project PAC, I'm struck by how few candidates truly grasp the problems at hand within the Republican conference. Sure – they all talk about repealing Obamacare, a balanced budget, and out-of- control spending. But it is some of the aforementioned issues that separate the real supporters of free-markets from those who merely offer a pale-pastel contrast from the Democrats.
I've spent a lot of time with Scott Keadle, and have come to realize that he is one of the biggest super stars of this election cycle. This is a guy who will get it right on every issue. And he truly understands the problems inherent with our current leadership. Perforce, it comes as no surprise that Eric Cantor and his "Young Guns" are taking their show on the road to NC-8. This, from Hotline:
The super PAC affiliated with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has made its first independent expenditure in support of a Republican challenger, according to FEC filings. And it comes in a race where another powerful conservative outside group has lined up on the other side.
The YG Action Fund, which is run by ex-Cantor aides, has spent $22,750 on a mailer supporting Richard Hudson for the Republican nomination in North Carolina's 8th District, currently held by Democratic Rep. Larry Kissell. The GOP race also includes Scott Keadle, a dentist and former county official who is one of six House candidates who received endorsements from the Club for Growth this cycle.
Hudson is a longtime Hill aide who served as chief of staff to Texas GOP Reps. Mike Conaway and John Carter and Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C.
There is a reason why this is Cantor's first independent expenditure on behalf of a Republican challenger. Keadle will never beat to the drum of leadership. Richard Hudson is a creature of Washington with his robust ties to GOP establishment leaders.
People often ask me where they could get the best value for their political contributions. There are a few good stars this cycle, but if I were forced to pick the best individual to support, it would be Dr. Scott Keadle. If you don't believe me, just ask leadership.
The primary will be held on May 8, but there will be a runoff if no candidate receives 40% of the vote. Let's help end it on May 8.
Cross-posted from The Madison Project