Remember Steve Kagen wrote it

Devastating ad on the disaster known as ObamaCare by the NRCC.  Great reminder for the voters of the 8th Congressional District.

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Ribble advances to top-tier of Young Guns program

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) announced today that Reid Ribble (WI-08) has reached ‘Young Gun’ status, the premiere level of its three-tiered Young Guns program. By advancing to the program’s top tier, Ribble has proven his ability to build a winning campaign and achieve substantial fundraising goals.

“Reid Ribble has proven that he’s ready to take on incumbent Steve Kagen, an out-of-touch Democrat who has blindly supported his party’s failed agenda of job-killing policies and reckless spending,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX). “Reid’s campaign is a symbol of the growing momentum behind Republican candidates in Wisconsin and across the country. As Democrats and their party bosses continue to force their big-government, big-spending policies onto the backs of hard-working families, Republicans like Reid Ribble will continue to present a clear alternative to a Democrat majority that unapologetically spends too much, borrows too much and taxes too much.”

Having owned and operated a small business, lifelong Wisconsin resident Reid Ribble knows all-too-well that the Obama-Kagen agenda is serving as a roadblock to an economic recovery. He is the former president of both the Ribble Group and the National Roofing Contractors Association. Unlike Kagen, Ribble has the real-world experience to get the local economy thriving once again.

Originally founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Paul Ryan (R-WI) as a member-driven organization, the Young Guns program has become an official NRCC effort dedicated to electing open-seat and challenger candidates nationwide. Reps. Cantor, McCarthy and Ryan remain actively involved in Young Guns, working together to recruit and prime conservative leaders for victory.

Now that Reid Ribble has completed the Young Guns’ benchmarks to place him on the road to victory, he is ready to take on loyal lapdog Democrat Steve Kagen in November. (Source: NRCC)

An important acheivement for Reid Ribble but not surprising to see now that the Republican primary is past.  The question is will Reid’s campaign see the boost Sean Duffy‘s did from a campaign donations standpoint after Sean achieved the designation months ago.

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Kagen on the hotseat

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Another sign of Washington being broken.

U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen is among 71 House Democrats under attack by Republicans over contributions they received from a New York lawmaker facing an ethics probe.

Kagen, D-Appleton, received $21,000 during the previous two election cycles from Rep. Charles Rangel’s political committees, according to the National Republican Congressional Committee, which seeks to get Republicans elected to the House. The NRCC says Kagen should give the money back.

On Wednesday, Rangel, who faces additional ethics scrutiny, stepped aside temporarily as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means committee.

In a statement Tuesday, NRCC spokesman Ken Spain chided Kagen for accepting money from Rangel while the committee chairman was under investigation.”Now that Rangel has finally been busted for his ethical wrongdoings, Kagen has egg on his face for repeatedly protecting the embattled chairman,” Spain said. “Will Kagen try to salvage what’s left of his political career and finally abandon Rangel and his campaign money?”

Hmm.  Wouldn’t be calls to return the money if you didn’t accept PAC money Steve.  But that’s where most of your campaign cash comes from isn’t it?  All one has to do is check the FEC numbers to see that.

But it doesn’t sound like Steve Kagen will do the smart thing which would be to return the money.

“No amount of money will ever be able to affect my vote, for I only have the best interests of my patients and my constituents in mind,” said Kagen, an allergist. (Source: GBPG)

To echo what BerryLaker said – Kagen has patients?

Kevin points out that only one of Kagen’s opponents has jumped on this.  Will the others respond or sit on the sidelines?

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