GOP congressman defeated in primary because of Obamatrade support

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The revolt continues: Republican incumbent Congressman Randy Forbes (R-Virginia) was defeated in Tuesday Virginia Republican primary, despite being supported by the party establishment and outspending his opponent, Scott Taylor, 10-1.

Forbes, who started his pivot from the 4th District to the 2nd with an incumbent’s healthy campaign fund, spent more than $1.3 million in the primary compared with the little more than $142,000 that Taylor reported spending as of late May.

Taylor, a former Navy SEAL, ran against much of Virginia Beach’s GOP establishment, with several local elected officials as well as departing U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell endorsing Forbes’ candidacy. Rigell rented Forbes his former headquarters on First Colonial Road and sold him his email lists of supporters.

Redistricting was certainly a factor in the incumbent’s defeat but this article points out something that the newspaper article above as well as all other mainstream articles I’ve read fail to note: Incumbent Forbes had voted to make it almost impossible for Congress to challenge or amend Obama’s the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, also called Obamatrade.

Taylor blasted Forbes for voting to give President Obama fast track authority to ram through Congress the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sweeping 12-nation international regulatory pact that would merge our economy with some of the poorest and most repressive on earth. This move was especially hypocritical for Forbes, chairman of the House Prayer Caucus. Obamatrade would give special economic privileges to countries that persecute Christians, including Vietnam, Malaysia and the Shariah-law regime of Brunei.

After his disastrous vote for fast track, Forbes tried to tap dance around the Constitution-shredding, religious-liberty-trampling Obamatrade agreement. In a letter to constituents, Forbes recycled the party establishment’s globalist talking points, saying free trade is “crucial to our economy” and to “our future as a country.” Then Forbes said he would support Obamatrade if it were amended, glossing over the fact that his vote for fast track surrendered Congress’ power to amend the agreement. [emphasis mine]

In other words, Forbes had been part of the Republican establishment that has consistently refused to fight any of the Democratic agenda, instead focusing on putting on a show of failure theater, where they act like they are fighting Obama while allowing his legislative goals to pass. The voters saw through this, and kicked him out.


  • PeterF

    Once again voters show the politicians that campaign money does not equal votes. IMO the only time that outspending an opponent sways an election is when there is no clear choice between candidates. when given a choice of “holding their nose” and voting for the “lesser of two evils”, the majority of voters will default to who they think can best handle their most important concerns. i.e. party line and single issue voters. This situation will result in a fairly even split. In that case the election will be decided by “low information” “independents” – people whose vote can be gained by name recognition (bumper sticker voters). In a matchup between McCain, Romney and JEB, spending would decide the outcome.
    This is also why an October surprise can influence an election. (But a campaign has to be careful with how many times they mention an opponent’s name.) The October surprise of 2008 was actually kicked off in September that year. (Funny how that banking crisis damaged the incumbent party even though it was primarily engineered by their opponents a decade earlier).

  • LocalFluff

    Free internet has changed the campaign game and the political class cannot handle it.

  • Cotour

    Understanding what the TPP is really about from my point of view:

    There is the Euro zone where the power of law for all participating country’s have been consolidated (read, they have traded their individual sovereignty away to “others”). The flooding of these formerly sovereign country’s with refugees along with terrorists for cultures that will not blend with the existing culture but bring their culture with them is a part of this agenda. A cohesive culture in any of these places is the enemy of this political agenda.

    The TPP is an extension of the same, this is the “new world order”, this is “One world government” for the rest of the world in application. In order for these new paradigms to take effect and become the new system of the planet, America and her sovereignty and her Constitution must become only hollow icons of a time gone by, void of everything American. The flooding of our country by this president serves the same purpose of the Euro zone, Destroy cohesive cultures to rebuild them with the “universal” new paradigm. I call this treason.

    This IMO is exactly what Obama has become tasked with and it is why everything that he does is offensive to every American’s common sense. He is un American and that is his goal “fundamental change”.

    Hillary Clinton will continue this agenda as is indicated by her very close associations revealed by the “donation” list associated with her and her husbands “foundation” (read: money laundering presidential slush fund) a brilliant scam, it does not come any bigger or better organized.

    America under our leadership both from the presidency down the line through to the Congress has been for the last 30 years, beginning with George Bush senior, setting the stage for America to surrender both its sovereignty and its Constitution. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are both proponents of this treason.

    Is it just me?

    Choose wisely, elections really do have consequences.

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