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Texas Conservatives Revolt Against Republican Incumbents in 2020

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Grassroots conservative leaders in Texas are angry.

According to a report from Texas Scorecard, Northeast Tarrant Tea Party leader Julie White McCarty said she nor NETTP will help with any incumbent elected official’s re-election campaigns.

In a Facebook post she cited their poor performance during the 2019 legislative session as the reason behind this move.

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She wrote in the post, that “There will be no Shark Tank. I will not personally campaign nor lead NETTP to campaign for any re-election. Not worth my time when the returns yield nothing. Open to new candidates but I’ll be pretty picky”

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According to McCarty, Shark Tank is a one-day event that she and other grassroots activists have been organizing during the past two election cycles. This event aims to find new candidates for the Texas House who meet grassroots conservatives’ criteria. McCarty claims that Shark Tank raised $200,000 in the first year the event was held and then it was able to raise over $500,000 in its second year in action. However, no money will be raised in this upcoming election cycle.

McCarty expanded on why she does not want to be involved with Shark Tank:

I don’t want to put my name, or the tea party’s name, behind a bunch of candidates … and then when they get to Austin, they’re like, ‘Okay, sit down and shut up, because we know better than you.

When asked to give her assessment of the 2019 legislative session, McCarty bluntly responded: “We got nothing.”

She listed election reform and property taxes as the two issues she was most disappointed about.

McCarty argues that Republican control of both chambers of the State Legislature is dwindling.

This was probably our last chance to have a strong Republican head count, and we blew it. We twiddled it away, and next session will be even harder because our numbers will be even lower.

She ominously added:

“The writing’s on the wall. We’re going to lose Texas.”

BLP reached out to Texas Gun Rights Executive Director Chris McNutt, who was victim of a vicious Fake News campaign during the last stretch of the legislation.

After Constitutional Carry was killed due to House Speaker Bonnen’s gatekeeping antics, grassroots activists were left with a bitter taste in their mouths. McNutt included.

McNutt told BLP that “Speaker Bonnen is drunk on power”

GOP politicians can’t afford to rest on their laurels.

With Democrats more emboldened than ever after Beto’s surprising 2018 performance and Texas’s changing demographics, Texas politics could potentially witness a shift in the next decade or so.

However, Young Americans for Liberty’s decision to move down to Texas could give the grassroots conservative movement a second wind during the 2020 election season.

 

Midterms 2022

Ohio Republican Rob Portman Announces that He Won’t Be Seeking Re-Election

America first nationalists must capitalize on this opening in the senate.

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On January 25, 2021, Ohio Senator Rob Portman announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2022. The 2022 election cycle will be a critical mid-term cycle which will determine what course the Republican Party will take in the wake of Trump’s defeat.

According to a report at The Epoch Times, Portman cited “partisan gridlock in Congress and political polarization” as his main reasons for leaving the Senate. 

“I feel fortunate to have been entrusted by the people of Ohio to represent them in the U.S. Senate. Today, I am announcing that I have made a decision not to run again in 2022,” Portman said in a statement.

The Republican senator continued, “I don’t think any Senate office has been more successful in getting things done, but honestly, it has gotten harder and harder to break through the partisan gridlock and make progress on substantive policy, and that has contributed to my decision.”

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In Portman’s view, the United States has become “increasingly polarized where members of both parties are being pushed further to the right and further to the left, and that means too few people who are actively looking to find common ground.” Portman also contended that “This is not a new phenomenon, of course, but a problem that has gotten worse over the past few decades.” He concluded by stating that  “This is a tough time to be in public service.”

Portman accompanies his colleagues Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and North Carolina Senator Richard Burr in retiring from office. Portman’s presence won’t be missed. He voted for the Iraq War and even betrayed President Trump by voting against his national emergency declaration at the border. To add insult to injury, Portman has routinely talked smack about President Trump behind his back. 

2022 is shaping up to be an interesting year for Republicans with numerous seats in play. With regards to open seats, there will be unique opportunities for America First nationalists to shine in. Ohio is ground zero for the emerging populist realignment taking place in America. Once a state that could go either way during a given election cycle, Ohio is now a safe Republican state. 

America First nationalists should milk this opening for what it’s worth and place a staunch nationalist to run for the open GOP seat in 2022. This will be the first midterm where populists can begin purging the party of neocons and other establishment types.

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