Six Incumbent GOP House Members Deserve a Butt-Kicking in 2014

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From the title one might ask . . . only six? There are certainly more than six GOP House members that have earned getting primaried by the votes they have taken. What is more infuriating than seeing a conservative lose an election is seeing someone you thought was a conservative win the election, and then stick their tongue out and flip you the bird with their votes. These are the candidates you contributed your money, vote and time to. It’s not enough to just get mad. You need to get even by helping their primary opponent kick their butt. They have the establishment in their corner, but a grassroots organized effort can take them down. All six of these were first elected to the House in 2010 or 2012, and their votes have earned them an expiration date in early January 2015. There will be some who may engage in mischief and suggest failings with the challengers. While any new member to the House bears watching, there’s no way anyone knows beforehand if they are gonna be a sycophant coopted by the establishment or keep their promises made in the campaign. The incumbents have a voting record and a lot of explaining to do. Just to be clear. all the photos below are of the primary opponents and not of the incumbents.

Heritage has developed a Heritage Action Scorecard that monitors how each member of the U.S.House votes on key votes. There have been so far 24 key votes taken during this session of the House, and 66% is the average House Republican score. All six of these members score below average.

Rodney Davis in Illinois’ 13th congressional district is a Republican first elected in 2012, and he was preceded by retiring Republican Tim Johnson. His Heritage Action Score is 44%. Rodney Davis voted wrong on 13 of 24 key votes that include the following list.

  • voting YES on Frelinghuysen amendment to increase Storm Sandy Disaster Relief by more than 33 billion with no off-set in other areas of the budget
  • voting NO on the RSC FY 14 Back to Basics Budget
  • voting NO on bill ordering NLRB to cease all actions that require a full quorum until a full board is confirmed by the Senate
  • voting NO on reforming the Federal Sugar Program. The current sugar program distorts prices for sugar products for consumers. It also inflates sugar prices by capping the amount that manufacturers and consumers in the U.S. can import from foreign producers.
  • voting NO on Ron Kind amendment to limit crop insurance premium subsidies
  • voting NO on Tom McClintock amendment to cut 1.5 billion from the Dept. of Energy
  • voting NO to eliminating the Essential Air Service Program
  • voting YES on senate negotiated CR spending and debt ceiling deal that did nothing to stop Obamacare.

His primary opponent in 2014 is Erika Harold. Her website is here, and you can click “Like” on her facebook page here.
Erika Harold

Jaime Herrera-Beutler in Washington’s 3rd congressional district is a Republican first elected in 2010, and she was preceded by retiring Democrat Brian Baird. Her Heritage Action Score is 48%. Jaime Herrera-Beutler voted wrong on 9 of 18 key votes that include the following list.

  • voting NO on the RSC FY 14 Back to Basics Budget
  • voting YES on American Battlefield Protection Program providing taxpayer handouts to local governments to purchase land not within National Park System boundaries
  • voting NO on Tom McClintock amendment to cut 1.5 billion from the Dept. of Energy
  • voting YES on senate negotiated CR spending and debt ceiling deal that did nothing to stop Obamacare.

Her primary opponent in 2014 is Mike Delavar. His website is here.
Mike Delavar

Adam Kinzinger in Illinois’ 16th congressional district is a Republican first elected in 2010 by defeating incumbent Democrat Debbie Halvorson. His Heritage Action Score is 51%. Adam Kinzinger voted wrong on 9 of 24 key votes that include the following list.

  • voting NO on the RSC FY 14 Back to Basics Budget
  • voting YES on American Battlefield Protection Program providing taxpayer handouts to local governments to purchase land not within National Park System boundaries
  • voting NO on additional work requirements for SNAP recipients and additional spending cuts
  • voting NO on reforming the Federal Sugar Program. The current sugar program distorts prices for sugar products for consumers. It also inflates sugar prices by capping the amount that manufacturers and consumers in the U.S. can import from foreign producers.
  • voting NO on Tom McClintock amendment to cut 1.5 billion from the Dept. of Energy
  • voting YES on senate negotiated CR spending and debt ceiling deal that did nothing to stop Obamacare.

His primary opponent in 2014 is David Hale. His website is here, and you can click “Like” on his facebook page here.
David Hale

Susan Brooks in Indiana’s 5th congressional district is a Republican first elected in 2012, and she was preceded by retiring Republican Dan Burton. Her Heritage Action Score is 60%. Susan Brooks voted wrong on 9 of 24 key votes that include the following list.

  • voting NO on the RSC FY 14 Back to Basics Budget
  • voting NO on Ron Kind amendment to limit crop insurance premium subsidies
  • voting NO on Tom McClintock amendment to cut 1.5 billion from the Dept. of Energy
  • voting YES on senate negotiated CR spending and debt ceiling deal that did nothing to stop Obamacare.

Her primary opponent in 2014 is David Stockdale. His website is here, and you can click “Like” on his facebook page here.
David Stockton

Steve Womack in Arkansas’ 3rd congressional district is a Republican first elected in 2010, and he was preceded by Republican John Boozman who was successfully elected to the U.S.Senate. Steve Womack voted wrong on 9 of 24 key votes that include the following list.

  • voting NO on the RSC FY 14 Back to Basics Budget
  • voting YES on American Battlefield Protection Program providing taxpayer handouts to local governments to purchase land not within National Park System boundaries
  • voting NO on Ron Kind amendment to limit crop insurance premium subsidies
  • voting NO to eliminating the Essential Air Service Program
  • voting YES on senate negotiated CR spending and debt ceiling deal that did nothing to stop Obamacare.

His primary opponent in 2014 is Tom Brewer. His website is here, and you can click “Like” on his facebook page here.
Tom Brewer

Paul Cook in California’s 8th congressional district is a Republican first elected in 2012, and he was preceded by retiring Republican Jerry Lewis. His Heritage Action Score is 64%. Paul Cook voted wrong on 8 of 24 key votes that include the following list.

  • voting NO on the RSC FY 14 Back to Basics Budget
  • voting YES on American Battlefield Protection Program providing taxpayer handouts to local governments to purchase land not within National Park System boundaries
  • voting NO on Ron Kind amendment to limit crop insurance premium subsidies
  • voting NO on Tom McClintock amendment to cut 1.5 billion from the Dept. of Energy
  • voting YES on senate negotiated CR spending and debt ceiling deal that did nothing to stop Obamacare.

His primary opponent in 2014 is Rodney Lee Conover. You can click “Like” on his facebook page here.

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