DRIVING THE DAY …
With HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius leaving, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus released the following statement: “Secretary Sebelius oversaw a disastrous rollout of ObamaCare, but anyone can see that there are more problems on the way. The next HHS Secretary will inherit a mess—Americans facing rising costs, families losing their doctors, and an economy weighed down by intrusive regulations. No matter who is in charge of HHS, ObamaCare will continue to be a disaster and will continue to hurt hardworking Americans. It’s time for President Obama to admit that Democrats’ signature law is a failure and heed Republican calls for patient-centered healthcare reform.”
- Meanwhile, Politico reports that as Sebelius exits, Republicans will continue to litigate ObamaCare. Buckle up and get your gavels ready — here comes another round of contentious, high-profile hearings. And they’re coming just in time for campaign season, ahead of what was already going to be a difficult summer of people getting acclimated to their new plans and new insurance rates being announced. … But Republicans will be counting on doing their damage long before the vote goes to the floor, starting with the hearings.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Republicans will continue to take aim at Hillary Clinton’s failed record at the State Department. Heading toward the 2016 presidential race, Republicans hope to turn the tables: They want the State Department to become Hillary Clinton‘s Bain Capital. What did Mrs. Clinton do in her four years as President Barack Obama‘s secretary of state? How much did she accomplish? Where did she falter? These questions will get a full airing should Mrs. Clinton choose to run.
Additionally, Kimberley Strassel at the Wall Street Journal writes that Congressman Camp is outlining damning evidence of an IRS official targeting conservative groups. Nearly a year into the IRS scandal, we still don’t know exactly what happened—though we are finally getting an inkling. That’s thanks to the letter House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp sent this week to the Justice Department recommending a criminal probe of Lois Lerner. The average citizen might be dizzied by the torrent of confusing terms—BOLO lists, Tigta, 501(c)(4)—and the array of accusations that have made up this IRS investigation. Mr. Camp’s letter takes a step back to remind us why this matters, even as it provides compelling new information that goes to motive and method—and clarifies some of the curious behavior of Democrats during the investigation.
Finally, the RNC’s Research Department is out with a new document titled, “Sebelius Shown The Door.”
TO THE STATES …
In Georgia, where liberal Democrat Michelle Nunn is trying to fool voters about who her supporters are, the Associated Press reports that former President George H.W. Bush will be endorsing the Republican nominee. President George H.W. Bush is featured in a Democrat’s campaign commercial, but he plans to endorse the eventual Republican nominee in Georgia’s Senate race, his spokesman said Thursday. … Hoping to head off confusion, Bush spokesman Jim McGrath on Thursday tweeted that “TV ads notwithstanding, @GeorgeHWBush looking forward to endorsing GOP nominee in #gasenate race.” He added that it is “critical that @GOP retake the Senate.”
In Wisconsin, a St. Norbert College poll reveals that Scott Walker is leading liberal Democrat Mary Burke by 15 points. If the election for Governor in Wisconsin were held today, for whom would you be more likely to vote: Scott Walker 55 percent, Mark Burke 40 percent and not sure 5 percent.
In Colorado, the Daily Caller reports that ethics questions are coming to light regarding embattled Democrat Governor John Hickenlopper. An independent investigator hired for an ethics probe into Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has questioned his truthfulness. Conservative group Compass Colorado alleged that Hickenlooper broke the rules against accepting gifts when the Democratic Governors Association paid for him and several staffers to attend a conference in Aspen last year.
In Virginia, the Weekly Standard reports that the rebirth of the Republican Party in the Old Dominion is originating from Northern Virginia. It’s hard to believe, but the rebirth of the Republican party in Virginia may be happening in the unlikeliest of places: the liberal bastion of Northern Virginia. Take what happened last week in Arlington, Northern Virginia’s unofficial capital. … So it was big news on April 8 when a Republican won a special election for a vacant county board seat. Not only did John Vihstadt, a Washington lawyer and Arlington resident since 1981, win, he did so with 57 percent support.
@Reince: #ObamaCare is a failure no matter who is in charge of HHS. It will continue to be a disaster that hurts hardworking Americans.
@NRSC: IRS staffer targets conservatives while pitching for job with OFA. Seriously: http://bit.ly/1k8HgbZ