Republican “Recruiting Successes” Include a George W. Bush Administration Retread, a Failed Former CEO, a Right Wing Extremist, a Pledge Breaker, and the Ultimate Washington Insider


Who Will They Recruit Next?


Dream Team” Found At http://www.dscc.org/dreamteam


Today, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released a hard-hitting new web video lifting the curtain to expose the Republican recruiting class of 2010. The Republican Party, quick to coronate these candidates and declare a winning season, seems to have forgotten who these candidates really are. After eight long years of Republican mismanagement, the country deserves more than what the Republican Party is putting on the court. Instead of putting together a team of new candidates who will work towards getting our economy back on track, the Republican Party continues to put forth the same old candidates that got us into this mess in the first place and that led the party into racking up losing seasons year after year.


“If Republicans think that these Senate candidates can save their party from the political wilderness, they have another thing coming,” said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Communications Director Eric Schultz. “Instead of putting out candidates who will work towards getting our economy back on track, the Republicans have trotted out a slew of candidates who offer nothing but the failed policies that got us into this mess in the first place. If this is all the Republican Party has to offer, they should really go back to the drawing board.”


The Republican “Dream Team” includes


  • Rob Portman – Portman was the architect of President George W. Bush’s failed economy due to his position as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and as the U.S. Trade Representative under Bush. Before his tenure in the Bush Administration, Portman carried water for Bush in Congress and also spent time as a Washington lobbyist.


  • Carly Fiorina – Fiorina was named by Portfolio Magazine as one of the 20 worst CEO’s of all time, MSN named her one of the worst CEO’s, and VNUNet.com named her one of the 10 worst Technology CEO’s. Fiorina drove Hewlett-Packard into the ground and still received a massive golden parachute after she was forced out. Fiorina has come under fire for her abysmal voting record, failing to register her foundation with authorities, and for her role in selling HP printers to Iran, violating a U.S. Trade Embargo with that country.


  • Pat Toomey – Toomey is right-wing extremist who recently served as president of the Club for Growth. Republican Party leaders are on the record saying that Toomey simply can’t win a statewide election in Pennsylvania. The last time Republicans ran a candidate as far to the right as Toomey was 2006, when former Senator Rick Santorum lost by over 17 percentage points.


  • Kelly Ayotte – Ayotte broke her word to the people of New Hampshire by resigning as Attorney General, after promising she would serve out her full term, all in order to further her own political ambitions. Ayotte has stumbled out of the gate and has faced criticism from all sides. She faces the prospect of a contentious primary with Ovide Lamontagne.


  • Roy Blunt – Roy Blunt is the ultimate Washington insider. Blunt has never met a special interest he didn’t like and loyally served former President Bush during his tenure as Tom Delay’s right hand man in Republican leadership. Blunt has faced criticism for calling for the abolishment of Medicare and Medicaid, saying that it’s “legitimate” to question the President’s citizenship, and for receiving tax breaks on his Georgetown mansion




DSCC “Dream Team”


Date: 8/20/09






NARRATOR: And now.....here’s your....2010 REPUBLICAN SENATE CANDIDATES!!!



(lots of lights, laser show, like the old Chicago Bulls introductions)




NARRATOR: He crafted Bush’s policies that outsourced Ohio jobs and ballooned the deficit...from Ohio, ROB PORTMAN!!!



Bush Insider

Rob Portman



May 17, 2005: Portman Was Sworn In As US Trade Representative. On May 17, 2005, Portman was sworn in as US Trade Representative. During the ceremony, President George W. Bush said that Portman was “the right man to carry on this important work,” and described him as “a steadfast proponent of the power of open markets to spread hope and prosperity around the world.” [Remarks by President George W. Bush at Ambassador Portman’s Swearing In Ceremony, 5/17/05]


  • Portman Described Himself As The “Quarterback” Of The CAFTA Effort. In an interview with reporters after the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) has passed the House by only two votes, Portman described himself as the “quarterback” of the effort to pass CAFTA. [CNN, Inside Politics, 7/28/05]


  • Cincinnati Enquirer: CAFTA Passage Marks Portman’s First Victory as USTR. The Cincinnati Enquirer heralded the passage of the Central American Free Trade Agreement in July of 2005 as Portman’s first victory as US Trade Representative. [Cincinnati Enquirer, 8/1/05]


  • CAFTA Outsources American Jobs. In November 2005, USA Today reported that American companies were excited about the January 2006 implementation of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), which would promote “nearsourcing, “ or sending jobs to countries closer to the United States than more traditional destinations for outsourcing like China. [USA Today, 11/28/05]


June 2006: Portman Sworn In As OMB Director. After winning confirmation from the US Senate, Portman was sworn in as director of the Office of Management and Budget on June 2, 2006. [National Journal’s Congress Daily, 6/2/06]


  • The White House Predicted A Record $482 Billion Deficit In Fiscal Year 2009. According to the New York Times, “The White House predicted Monday that President Bush would leave a record $482 billion deficit to his successor, a sobering turnabout in the nation’s fiscal condition from 2001, when Mr. Bush took office after three consecutive years of budget surpluses... [The White House] predicted Monday that the deficit would more than double in the current 2008 fiscal year — to $389 billion, from $162 billion in 2007 — before shooting up to $482 billion in the 2009 fiscal year, which begins in about two months.” [New York Times, 7/29/08]




Ranked one of the country’s worst CEO’s...only bothered to vote 18% of the time since 1997...from California...Carly Fiorina!!!!



One of USA’s worst CEO’s

Carly Fiorina



Fiorina Named One of the Top 20 Worst CEO’s By Portfolio Magazine. In April 2009, Portfolio magazine compiled a list of the twenty worst American CEO’s of all time. Portfolio wrote, “A consummate self-promoter, Fiorina was busy pontificating on the lecture circuit and posing for magazine covers while her company floundered. She paid herself handsome bonuses and perks while laying off thousands of employees to cut costs. The merger Fiorina orchestrated with Compaq in 2002 was widely seen as a failure. She was ousted in 2005...HP stock lost half its value during Fiorina’s tenure.” [CNBC, 4/30/09]


Fiorina Named One of Nation’s Worst CEOs By MSN-Money. “Carly Fiorina . . . Under her direction, a company that was once a paradigm of Silicon Valley entrepreneurship has simply failed to make any progress at enhancing shareholder value. It is now trading about where it did in 1995. Fiorina's reign at H-P -- combined with that of the CEO just before her -- makes a great case study of exactly what not to do.” [MSN-Money, 6/10/04]


Fiorina Named One of Worst Tech CEOs By VNUNet.com. “Iain Thomson: When Carly Fiorina joined HP in 1999 as chief executive it looked like a good fit... But as time went on the cracks started to show. The HP culture was always very egalitarian and that changed rapidly. Mass layoffs were announced at a time when we began to hear tales of lavish corporate jets and personal grooming assistants, and engineers were rumbling that they were being pushed out of decision making. And then came Compaq. The Compaq merger was disastrous for the HP Way and signaled the final death rattle of what had been one of the best work cultures in Silicon Valley.... It should also be noted that Fiorina is largely credited with the creation of a very dysfunctional boardroom, the same board whose persistent infighting and leaks to the press would set the stage for the infamous 2006 pretexting scandal. [VNUNet.com, 11/22/08]


Fiorina Voted Just 18% of the Time Since 1997. Officials in Morris County, N.J., said records show she registered to vote there in 1997 but did not vote in a single election and was dropped from the voter rolls in 2005 as inactive. From 1997 until 2000, when Fiorina registered in California, nine elections were held in Morris County. Fiorina had voted in just five of 18 national, state and local elections in which she was eligible to cast a ballot since she registered in Santa Clara County in 2000, according to public records. [San Francisco Chronicle, 8/19/09; Morris County Clerk]



NARRATOR: He’s a right wing extremist – his own party says he can’t win...from Pennsylvania, Pat Toomey.



Own party says he can’t win

Pat Toomey



Toomey is a Right Wing Extremist. According to his CQ member profile, Toomey is a “unabashed fiscal conservative,” “fiscally hard-line ,” and was a member of the Conservative Action Team (CATs), then re-named it the Republican Study Group. [CQ Member Profile]


NRSC Vice-Chairman Orrin Hatch: No One Believes Toomey Can Get Elected in Pennsylvania. "I don't think there is anybody in the world who believes he can get elected senator there.” Asked if the NRSC would back Toomey, Hatch said, "I don't think so" and that the party should look for "someone who can win there." [Politico, 4/29/09]


GOP Chair: Toomey Weakens the General Ticket. John McNichol, chairman of the Upper Darby GOP said in a Democratic-trending state, the ultra-conservative label is an albatross in the general election. "I think it weakens the general ticket," McNichol said of a Toomey Senate nomination.


Club For Growth Founder: Pat Can’t Win. William Parker, Club for Growth's founder, urged Toomey to withdraw from the race. “Today I am urging Pat to withdraw from the 2010 Senate race because his candidacy threatens to hand over total control of the federal government to the Democrats," he wrote. "Pat can't win the general election," Parker wrote. [The Hill, 4/21/09]



NARRATOR: She broke her pledge to serve four years, so she could advance her own career...from New Hampshire, Kelly Ayotte.



Broke her pledge

Kelly Ayotte



Ayotte Resigned As AG to Run for Senate. “AG Ayotte resigns, eyes Senate run” [New Hampshire Union Leader, 7/7/09]


  • Governor Lynch: Ayotte Promised to Serve Her Full Term. Governor John Lynch’s office suggested that if Ayotte ran for Senate, she would be going back on a promise she made just in April to complete the term through 2013. “It was the Governor’s expectation in reappointing Kelly Ayotte that she would serve her full term,” said Lynch spokesman Colin Manning. “At the time of her appointment she told the Governor that was her intention.” [NH Political Report, 7/03/09]


  • Councilors: We Were Reassured Ayotte Would Fill Her Term. Democratic Executive Councilor Bev Hollingworth of Hampton said she never asked Ayotte whether she meant to serve out the full term when she voted to reappoint her in March. “It never entered my mind that she would be considering not staying,” Hollingworth said. “I thought certainly she would be staying on. I’m sure (Gov. Lynch) asked. At least I’m pretty sure he asked what her intentions were.” Democratic Councilor Deb Pignatelli of Nashua said that Ayotte’s potential departure “occurred to me, but then we were reassured that she intended to fill out her term.” She said she heard that from the governor, so she didn’t ask about it at the public hearing. [Dorgan, Concord Monitor, 7/12/09]


  • HYPOCRISY: Ayotte Changed Her Story on Her Word to Fulfill Her Commitment. On one day, Ayotte said, “Clearly, the intent was to continue serving.” But the very next day, Ayotte said she “never promised to serve out the full term.” [Union Leader, 7/07/09; Nashua Telegraph, 7/08/09]




He’s been a politician for 36 years ...supported George Bush 93% of the time...from Missouri, Roy Blunt.



36 year politician

Roy Blunt



Blunt is a 36 Year Politician. Blunt began serving as Greene County Clerk in 1973 and is currently a U.S. Representative from Missouri. [CQ Member Profile]


Blunt Voted With Bush Average of 93 Percent of the Time During His Presidency. From 2001 to 2008, Blunt voted with George W. Bush an average of 93 percent of the time. [CQ Vote Studies, Updated January 2009]



NARRATOR (narrator switches to “straight” voice): This is no Dream Team. After 8 years of Republican economic mismanagement, this team deserves to stay on the bench.




(“Lights” switch on)