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Another Republican Leader Betrays Conservatives

Contact: Vi Shields, 703-392-7676, 703-906-6542; for Richard A. Viguerie, ConservativesBetrayed.com


MANASSAS, Va., May 17 /Christian Newswire/ -- Richard A. Viguerie of ConservativesBetrayed.com releases the following and is available for comment:


Dear Conservative Friend,


The betrayal continues!


A GOP leader claims massive Republican spending did not contribute to the GOP losing control of the House and Senate in 2006.


He insists voters don't care that the GOP squandered billions of dollars on mindless pork-barrel projects like Alaska's Bridge to Nowhere.


And he proclaims there's no need to return to conservative principles in order for Republicans to win Congress and the White House in 2008.


That's right: Congressman Tom Cole of Oklahoma, who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), has shown his true colors in an interview in the May 9 Washington Post.


  • Asked why the GOP lost control of both the House and Senate in 2006, Rep. Cole responded, "Oh, I don't think the problem was spending. People who argue that we lost because we weren't true to our base, that's just wrong."


  • Rep. Cole reportedly is not pushing former conservative Congressmen such as Jim Ryun (Kan.) or Richard W. Pombo (Calif.) to try to reclaim their House seats because he thinks "moderate candidates might fare better."


  • The new NRCC leader "doesn't think the GOP was doomed" by appropriating federal money for bridges to nowhere in Alaska.


  • Cole also pledges to move the GOP further to the left in order to attract swing voters because, he says, "The United States is a center-right country, not a right-wing country."


You can read the entire article here.


In response to Cole's outrageous remarks, ConservativesBetrayed.com has launched our "Can Cole" campaign.


We believe Tom Cole should be forced to RESIGN his position at the NRCC for his outright betrayal of conservatives and conservative principles.


Please sign the "Can Cole" Petition and cast your ballot.


Tom Cole's remarks prove that even after the "thumping" that Republicans took in the 2006 elections, the GOP establishment hasn't learned a thing.


  • They're going to keep borrowing and spending the nation into bankruptcy.


  • They're going to keep thumbing their nose at the conservative base.


  • And they're going to keep losing election after election until the present big-government leadership is gone.


But if we quickly generate a groundswell of conservative support for our "Can Cole" campaign, we will send a message to GOP leaders that it's time to change course – or continue to lose.


Please sign our "Can Cole" Petition to GOP leaders.


And then take the Action Steps below and forward this e-mail to as many conservative friends as possible and ask them to do the same.


If we can knock him out of his job we may also knock some sense into the Big Government Republicans who put him there in the first place.


Here are four things you can do right now to participate in our "Can Cole" campaign:


ONE: Sign the "Can Cole" Petition, which asks Republican leaders to force Cole to resign immediately as head of the NRCC. Then follow up by personally contacting the offices of Republican leaders. (Their contact information is listed at the bottom of this e-mail.)


TWO: Complete the brief online Survey so we can circulate results to the news media and shine a spotlight on Tom Cole's outrageous comments.


THREE: Withhold financial support from all GOP Congressional Committees.  When you get your next fund-raising letter in the mail, respond by telling GOP leaders they won't get another dime from you until Republicans stop behaving like Democrats and saddling our children and grandchildren with a mountain of debt and ever-expanding government.


Inform them you intend to give your money only to PRINCIPLED conservative organizations and candidates. And tell them that you will support conservative challengers to establishment Republican candidates.


FOUR: Circulate this e-mail to as many people as possible, including conservative radio talk show hosts, newspaper reporters, and elected officials in your area. Post this message at conservative blogs and e-mail it to bloggers and journalists.


Remember, the more people who receive this e-mail, the more likely we are to prevail in our "Can Cole" campaign – and the more quickly we can end the Republican Party's betrayal of conservatives.


Once again, thank you for your commitment to conservative principles.




Richard A. Viguerie

Founder, ConservativesBetrayed.com


PS: Rep. Tom Cole used to be a reliable conservative. In 2005 he had a 100 percent conservative voting record, according to the American Conservative Union. This past year he had a lower conservative voting record than any of the three other Republican Congressmen and two Republican Senators from Oklahoma.


Is this the price he paid to get a leadership position as chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee?


Send a message to all the big-government Republican leaders by signing our "Can Cole" petition and voting in our survey.


Contact information for Republican Leaders:


House Minority Leader John Boehner

Phone: (202) 225-4000 Fax: (202) 225-0704

E-mail: use contact form


House Minority Whip Roy Blunt

Phone: (202) 225-0197 Fax: (202) 225-5604

E-mail: use contact form


Senator Mel Martinez, General Chairman, Republican National Committee

Phone: (202) 224-3041 Fax: (202) 228-5171

E-mail: use contact form


Rep. Mike Duncan, Chairman, Republican National Committee

Phone: (202) 863-8700 Fax: (202) 863-8820

E-mail: Chairman@gop.com


Senator John Ensign, Chairman, National Republican Senatorial Committee

Phone: (202) 224-6244 Fax: (202) 228-2193

E-mail: use contact form


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

Phone: (202) 224-3135 Fax: (202) 224-2499

E-mail via contact form


Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott

Phone: (202) 224-2708 Fax: (202) 224-2262

E-mail: senatorlott@lott.senate.gov


Rep. Tom Cole, Chairman, National Republican Congressional Committee

Phone (202) 225-6165 Fax: (202) 225-3512

E-mail: not available