Campaign 2010

Apr 21, 2010

In An Election Year, Heck Is Taking a Page from the Romney Playbook

 

Perhaps Mitt Romney’s endorsement of Joe Heck came with a little bit of advice about how to implement Lesson One from Romney’s political primer: how to shirk your old reputation as a moderate and recast yourself as a true conservative.

 

“With Republicans across Nevada now climbing over each other to prove who’s most conservative, Joe Heck is abandoning his old image and making a sharp right turn,” said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Just like Mitt Romney, Joe Heck used to be considered ‘reasonable’ and ‘moderate’ but this fall there’s a different Joe Heck on the ballot. Heck appeared at the Searchlight Tea Party rally, pledged to privatize Social Security and Medicare and is being described as a conservative ‘hit man’ and adopting crazy rhetoric. If his behavior weren’t coming straight from the playbook of Heck’s political benefactor, Mitt Romney, Nevada voters would be right to be worried about what’s happened to Joe Heck.”

 

Background

 

• Mitt Romney’s PAC endorsed Joe Heck. [Associated Press, 4/21/10]

 

• According to a statement on his campaign web site, Joe Heck appeared at the Searchlight Tea Party on March 27 and said, among other things, “Where is Joe McCarthy now that we really need him?” [Heck4Nevada.com, accessed 3/31/10]

 

• On Face to Face, Jon Ralston commented, “All right, Dr. Heck, I used to consider you a reasonable man but now you’re starting to adopt the rhetoric of all these crazies.” [Face to Face, 3/22/10]

 

• In 2010, the House Conservatives Fund announced it was endorsing Heck. Said honorary chairman Rep. Patrick McHenry, “These people are hardcore conservatives that can win both the primary and the general election.” [CQ-Roll Call, 3/10/10]

 

• In order to be considered for a contribution from the House Conservatives Fund, candidates must fill out a questionnaire and support values consistent with those espoused by the conservative Republican Study Committee, which includes privatizing Social Security and Medicare. [CQ-Roll Call, 3/10/10]

 

• Republican Study Committee Supports Social Security Privatization. The Republican Study Committee supports the privatization of Social Security and has been praised by right-wing for their pro-privatization stance. [Freedom Works Release, 3/1/06]

 

• Republican Study Committee Supports Medicare Privatization. The Republican Study Committee favors an approach similar to Rep. Paul Ryan’s controversial plan to privatize Medicare by replacing it with private vouchers. [New York Observer, 2/6/10]

 

• Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John L. Smith commented, “Good heavens, even formerly moderate Republican Dr. Joe Heck is talking like a hit man for some conservative mafia family. After speaking in measured tones as a state legislator, the congressional candidate now barks like a born-again zealot.” [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 11/10/09]

 

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