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Dan Sullivan, the new favorite of the Club for Growth—and the NRSC
On Tuesday, when Club for Growth chief Chris Chocola teased that his organization would be issuing a new Senate endorsement, we crossed our fingers for Georgia crazy-man Paul Broun. Sadly, it's not to be. Instead, they're backing former state Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan, who's running in the GOP primary in Alaska.

It's a rare occasion when the Club is on the same page as the Republican establishment, which has expressed a definite preference for Sullivan over Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell. It's also notable because tea party nut Joe Miller is in the race, too, and this means there likely won't be much in the way of outside help for his troubled cause. It's all the more galling for Miller given that he had the Club's support in 2010.

Still, the fact that Sullivan has earned the extremists' seal of approval makes you wonder if he could have some real liabilities in the general election against Democratic Sen. Mark Begich. Just take a look at some of the people they've endorsed in recent years, along with Miller: Steve King, Ted Cruz, Richard Mourdock, Sharron Angle ... you get the idea. Maybe Sullivan will be the next Pat Toomey, but he could also turn out to be the next Ken Buck.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 03:00 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

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    by David Nir on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 03:00:32 PM PDT

  •  Let's hope it's Ken Buck redux. (0+ / 0-)

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 03:52:58 PM PDT

    •  Let's hope it's... (2+ / 0-)
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      CwV, pvasileff

      ...John Lindauer redux!

      Lindauer was a complete idiot. He ran "They are going negative on me again!" ads before anyone had even heard of him. And he made them a year in advance!

      "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

      by CanisMaximus on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 06:34:10 PM PDT

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  •  The Dans (3+ / 0-)
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    cocinero, CanisMaximus, pvasileff

    Strangely, a different Dan Sullivan, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, is running for Lt. Governor.

    Can't these dudes use their middle initials?

  •  Can an endorsement of Vladimir Putin be far (1+ / 0-)
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    ". . .as singularly embarrassing a public address as any allegedly sentient primate ever has delivered." - Charles P. Pierce

    by Rikon Snow on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 06:10:49 PM PDT

  •  Club for Growth sounds like a men's magazine ad (3+ / 0-)
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    CanisMaximus, pvasileff, buffie

    Or it sounds like a multi-level marketing pyramid scheme. It's astonishing to me that these jokers manage to get power, but they seem to be all the testimony we need for the proposition that money is more important than seriousness, thought, morality, or concern for the nation when it comes to the GOP.

    "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

    by The Geogre on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 06:10:57 PM PDT

  •  Ah, good, he's wearing a Carhartt (2+ / 0-)
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    CanisMaximus, pvasileff

    That's how you know he's for real.

  •  Didn't Joe Miller support repeal (2+ / 0-)
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    of the 17th Amendment?  

    Vote for Miller for Senate and you'll never vote for Senator again.

    "Corporations exist not for themselves, but for the people." Ida Tarbell 1908.

    by Navy Vet Terp on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 06:25:12 PM PDT

  •  Pot legalization, oil tax giveaway on Aug ballot (0+ / 0-)

    Alaska's August primary, featuring Sullivan, Treadwell and probably Miller, will also have ballot measures to make recreational marijuana legal and to reverse a law that Governor Sean Parnell rammed through to give a massive tax cut to big oil companies.

    Mark Begich has not specifically said he's opposed to the repeal of the tax cut, but he's certainly not going to come out in favor of it. Neither are any of the Republicans.

    The marijuana legalization referendum, though occurring in August rather than the November balloting, could bring out some Democratic-friendly voters that Begich will snare in the
    general election. Begich, like Congressman Don Young, favors letting the voters decide about pot legalization, while Sen. Lisa Murkowski---who's not running---opposes it.

    Sen. Mark Begich expressed a similar sentiment. “If Alaskans have the opportunity to make their voices heard I will support their decision,” Begich said in a written statement Wednesday.

    The last time marijuana legalization was brought before voters was in 2004. That measure failed to garner enough support at the polls, with 44 percent of voters in favor of the act. That act would have offered a much looser regulation of marijuana than the current act proposed under the new ballot initiative.

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 06:40:17 PM PDT

    •  Oil tax giveaway referendum: corrected link (1+ / 0-)
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      Groups trying to stop the repeal of a massive tax cut for the oil industry have outspent their opponents 43-to-1, dropping a staggering $3.6 million in four months, with most of the contributions coming from some of the world’s richest oil companies.

      A barrage of ads has already appeared on radio and TV. Millions more will likely be spent in the months before a referendum on the new tax system appears before voters in the Aug. 19 primary election, said an official with one of the groups.

      Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

      by willyr on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 06:52:44 PM PDT

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  •  Begich PPP poll (2+ / 0-)
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    Begich is leading in this GOP heavy state because he has double digit crossover support from Republicans and holds double digit leads with independents. Anywhere from 14-19% of Republicans support him over Sullivan, Treadwell, and Miller while he loses only 5-9% of the Democratic vote. He also leads by 13-14 points with independents against Sullivan and Treadwell, and 28 against Miller.

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 06:45:36 PM PDT

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