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Club for Growth Displeased by GOP Convention Lineup

By Lori Montgomery
The Club for Growth is not satisfied with the lineup of GOP convention speakers announced yesterday.

Already less than enthusiastic about Sen. John McCain's record on taxes, the conservative anti-tax group was "disappointed" to see that none of its favorite lawmakers had been invited to take the stage in St. Paul.

"Many of the slotted speakers are impressive leaders in their own right," Club for Growth President Pat Toomey said in a press release, "but it is hard not to notice the absence of the Party's most pro-growth elected officials."

The group was particularly perturbed by the prominent role granted former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (whom the Club has criticized for raising taxes), as well as relative unknowns such as Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle and former Maryland lieutenant governor Michael Steele. Meanwhile, the group said some of "the party's most steadfast elected economic conservatives" -- such as Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) , Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.) and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford -- were overlooked.

Club for Growth spokeswoman Nachama Soloveichik said the group understands that the GOP needs speakers like Lingle, who is female, and Steele, who is black, "to look diverse and all that good P.R. stuff." But she said McCain should also make room for conservatives "on the front lines" of the fight against big government and high taxes.

"There's definitely lingering concern about his overall commitment," Soloveichik said of McCain. "He's definitely better than Barack Obama on every issue. But is his heart with the Mark Sanfords and Jeff Flakes of the Republican Party? Or is his heart with the Tim Pawlentys and Mike Huckabees and Linda Lingles?"

Posted at 3:47 PM ET on Aug 21, 2008  | Category:  Republican Party
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Club for Growth is just a corporate PR shop. Who cares is right.

Posted by: Bonobo | August 21, 2008 8:57 PM

If the Club for Growth is for a candidate, I think I'm against them. Guilt by association. They represent the worst of the GOP.

Posted by: Brett | August 21, 2008 7:03 PM

Unfortunately, the Club For Growth is not satisfied with anyone.

They have a one-track mind.

They criticize every good politician there is, including Bobby Jindal (who, by the way, was endorsed for VP by Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform).

Posted by: Mrs. P | August 21, 2008 5:25 PM

Who cares what the "Club For Growth" thinks. They helped bring us the disatsers that have been Republican rule over the last 8 years. Brilliant! Maybe they should boycott the election!

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 21, 2008 5:24 PM

As a Democrat I have to agree with the Club for Growth. The more of their approved speakers on the podium the better! While your at it please bring back Pat Buchanan for a redux of his awesome Culture War speech.

Posted by: Cal | August 21, 2008 5:22 PM

Club for Growth has lost more elections than any other group. With their extreme, extreme, extreme fiscal greed, they use their loot to elect primary candidates who mirror their "ideals" adn who are thereafter BLOWN AWAY in the general election.

In answer to CFG's question: Hopefully McCain's heart goes with Huckabee, Pawlenty -- it's about the only thing I like about McCain these days.

Club for Growth -- take a hike!!!

Posted by: voter | August 21, 2008 5:03 PM

The club for greed still up to there same old garbage. I guess they really believe that they have some influence on the American people, when in actuality the American people couldn't give a darn what these tightwad’s want.

Posted by: Derek | August 21, 2008 5:02 PM

THEY NEED TO EXAMINE MITT FLIP PHONEY AND HIS FEE HIKES WHICH WERE WAY MORE THAN GOV HUCKABEE TAX HIKE FOR 101/2 YEARS. THE GOP IS GOING TO H*LL IF THEY KEEP ON LISTENING TO GREEDY GROUPS LIKE CLUB FOR GREED I WOULD NOT LISTEN TO THEM FOR NOTHING IN THE WORLD AND TIM MOONEY IS JUST JELOUS CAUSE HUCKABEE HAD A MORE SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN THAN HE DID WHEN HE RAN FOR PRESIDENT...THEY ARE A BUNCH OF CROOKS IT SHOULD BE CALLED CLUB FOR CROOKS...CAUSE THEY RIP OFF EVERY DAY PEOPLE AND LOOK OUT ONLY FOR THE RICH...OBAMANATION IS GOING TO HAVE A FIELD DAY RAISING THEIR TAXES THAT WILL WAKE THEM UP AND HAVE THEM START LISTENING TO THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE RATHER THAN WALL STREET...

Posted by: SHA | August 21, 2008 4:46 PM

Following is the list of keynote speakers and topics at the upcoming Democratic Convention:

Marion Barry --- Drug Abuse

Rep. Denny Kucinich --- How to garner 1 % of the vote in every primary entered

Sen. Chrissy Dodd --- Obtaining Countrywide loans

Sen. Chucky Schumer --- How to initiate a run on a bank

Jesse Jackson ---- Marital fidelity and Castration

John Edwards ---- Ambulance Chasing and Spousal support in time of need

Sen. Theodore Kennedy --- Driver education and How to stop a pending autopsy

James McGreevey ---- Gay rights

Mayor Ray Nagin --- Emergency evacuation preparations

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick – Email etiquette in the workplace

Al Sharpton ---- Race relations

Sen. Evan Bayh --- How to ignore the Liberal wing of the Democratic Party and support the war in Iraq

Al Gore --- Snow Removal

Louis Farrakhan --- Muslims in America and Muslim in the White House

Posted by: Charles | August 21, 2008 4:16 PM

Shut up Club for Growth. Why don't you blast every Republican like you did Jindahl and Huckabee? And now Pawlenty? At least they care about middle america and our concerns and not rich and wealthy people like the Club for Greed who don't know squat! They say Don't raise Taxes whatever you do---even if it is a 1/2 of a percent to fix our much needed roads and schools. I guess we'll just have bridges collapsing and killing people then.

Posted by: anne | August 21, 2008 4:10 PM

They weren't satisfied with "$5 million" being considered rich? Seriously, I follow politics closely, and even I don't know who Flake and Hensarling are.

Posted by: JakeD | August 21, 2008 4:07 PM

Isn't the real name of the "Club For Growth", the "Club For Billionaires"? Don't they advocate policies that would eliminate taxes for anyone who is extremely rich, leaving the other 95% of us to pick up the bill for everything?

When the "Club For Growth" and their billionaire shills (spokepersons) criticize McCain and his staff, they cower and comply. What wimps they truly are.

Posted by: Steve Nesich | August 21, 2008 4:02 PM

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