Will the 2018 midterms lean Republican or Democrat? The special election to replace former Rep. Tim Murphy in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District very well could decide that.
The showdown is between Republican State Representative Doug Saccone and Democrat attorney Connor Lamb. But while they are the two candidates on the ballot, the fight is truly between President Donald Trump and the Democrat establishment.
President Trump’s appeal to blue-collar workers allowed him to carry Congressional District 18 by twenty points in 2016. If Republicans are not able to hold this seat in next week’s special election, it is being touted as a microcosm for Congressional midterms later in 2018, where Democrats are looking to regain majorities in the House and Senate.
Republicans and Democrats are pulling out all the stops to support their respective candidate. Democrats sent former Vice President Joe Biden to stump for Lamb, and Republicans are sending President Donald Trump to stump for Saccone.
There’s no telling who will win this highly contentious race, or even what will happen before election day. Big League Politics will keep you updated on any new developments.
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Democrat Senate Candidate Buys Bizarre Ad in WaPo: ‘Did You Ever Stare at a Picture of a Naked Child?’
A Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate from Maryland employed a bold advertisement in the Washington Post.
“Yes, I am a socialist, and you might be one too, listen to your body,” said the ad bought by Jerome M. Segal.
After that, it gets strange. Research analyst Anna Massoglia first posted photos of the ad to her Twitter account:
“Did you ever stare at a picture of a naked child?” the ad begins. “Full frontal? And did it stick in your mind? Did it bring about emotions, ones that might have surprised you? Like that cover of Newsweek with the naked, crying Vietnamese girl, desperately following in a line of desperate Vietnamese, not having a clue what was happening to their country, or why?”
Perhaps the intro is meant for shock value – to capture the attention of the reader. But the ad gets weirder.
“Did you ever watch a video of a three-way, between two men, one white and one black, and a big dog?” it continues. “One a big fellow another kind (sic) slender? And did you feel strange emotions? Does it come readily back to your mind? Like that video of the sheriff’s deputy in Selma, with his German Shepherd, assaulting freedom fighters from SNCC?”
So far, the ad contains references to child pornography and bestiality, and we have officially entered bizarro world.
But perhaps the scariest part is the anti-capitalist propaganda that follows.
The rest of the ad is a rambling, semi-coherent rant about what socialism and capitalism are, and some of the virtues of each.
“Capitalism is not the same as free markets,” Segal’s ad says, before lavishing praise on the quality of Soviet tanks during WWII. (Stalin’s communism killed 60 million, but they had great military equipment!)
“My name is Jerome Segal. I’m a socialist and proud. I’m happy to be part of the LBGTQ&S community, and you should fess up, and be proud as well,” the ad finishes.
According to the FEC documents that Massoglia provided, Segal paid nearly $25,000 for the ad.
Segal will likely lose to incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), along with six other Democrat candidates on the primary ballot on June 26.
Sen. Claire McCaskill Husband Invested in Hedge Fund In Caymans
A Senator running for reelection in Missouri has been hit with allegations that her husband is storing investment money in an offshore bank account in order to evade taxes.
“Joseph Shepard’s investment in Matrix Capital Management has earned him between $230,000 and $2.1 million in income since he first invested in 2013, according to McCaskill’s financial disclosure forms. Such forms only show a range of income,” said a Kansas City Star article.
Shepard is the husband of Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri.
According to the report, Shepard has invested $1 million in a hedge in the Cayman Islands, a “notorious tax haven.” The capital gains tax in the Caymans is much lower than the income tax rate paid by the ordinary American citizen.
Campaign finance law mandates that candidates for office must declare the income of spouses.
McCaskill co-sponsored the 2009 Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, but has declined to release her tax returns until later this year. She will not release Shepard’s tax returns. The bill, which was not passed, targeted the Caymans among countries and would have subjected income earned there to be taxed at the same rate as U.S. Corporations.
“Secretive hedge funds seek outsized profits and are open only to the ultra-wealthy, who are considered sophisticated investors and can withstand big losses,” said the report. “These funds do not have to disclose their investors to regulators.”
So far, mum is the word from McCaskill’s office.
“Claire does not make decisions on public policy based on what’s best for her husband; she makes decisions based on what is best for the people of Missouri,” Meira Benstein, a McCaskill campaign spokesperson told the Kansas City Star.
Big League Politics reached out to McCaskill’s office, but they refused to comment.
Ted Cruz Endorses Pro-Trump U.S. House Candidate Lee Bright
This is a solid pro-Trump endorsement.
Tuesday morning, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) endorsed Lee Bright, a former State Senator in South Carolina who is seeking the Republican nomination for South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District seat. Bright is running against who has been described as the establishment pick, state Sen. William Timmons.
— Lee Bright (@leebright) June 19, 2018
Sen. Cruz made his support for Bright loud-and-clear in a statement:
“A healthy republic requires active participation, and it’s encouraging when conservatives step forward to run for office. I’m asking voters in South Carolina’s 4th District to carefully consider the choices before them, and to stand with the candidate who best reflects their conservative convictions. In the 4th District Congressional runoff, I am proud to endorse Lee Bright, and I urge voters there to join me by supporting him.”
Bright and Timmons will face off in next week’s South Carolina run-off election. Bright already beat Timmons by over five points in the state’s primary election last week, but because South Carolina is a runoff election state, a candidate must gain 50% of the vote to win in a primary election.
A win for Lee Bright would be a major boost for President Donald Trump’s agenda. On every one of the President’s main tenants, Bright touts his 100% commitment to stand with the President, and excitement to join in his crusade to “drain the swamp.”
On the other side, Sen. Timmons is endorsed by notorious #NeverTrumper Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
Along with Sen. Cruz, Bright has been endorsed by conservative heavyweights Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Steve King (R-IA), who are hoping to have Bright by their side in the U.S. House.
BREAKING: "I am pleased to endorse Lee and I look forward to having him help me drain the swamp.” – Thomas Massie for Congress 👍🇺🇸🇺🇸
Posted by Lee Bright on Thursday, May 10, 2018
.@LeeBright Congratulations on topping the field for the 4th Congressional District of South Carolina! Lee Bright for Congress! Go get ‘em in the runoff! Together we will get immigration right!
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) June 13, 2018
This is truly a race between the pro-Trump insurgency of the Republican Party and the establishment wing. South Carolina’s runoff election will occur on June 26th.
Big League Politics will keep you updated on this important race.
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