To: The Honorable Pete Sessions
Chairman, National Republican Congressional Committee
320 First Street SE
Washington, DC 20003(202) 479-7000
Wednesday, July 27, 2009
Throughout the past week, the NRCC urged Republicans -- and indeed, all Americans who care about a prosperous future for our nation -- to oppose the Waxman-Markey energy tax bill. Certainly, I shared the NRCC's opposition to this ill-considered legislation I have called the "Monstrosity From Hell That Will Destroy the American Economy."
It was therefore shocking to discover that eight Republican members of the House voted "yes" on this monstrosity.
On a close vote of such tremendous importance, one of the last-resort means of enforcing party discipline is for leaders to inform wavering caucus members that those who defy the leadership by voting with the other party will thereby forfeit financial support for their future re-election campaigns. If the NRCC failed to deliver such a message to the eight Republicans who voted for Waxman-Markey, then this is a failure for which the NRCC must be held accountable.
Therefore, a grassroots boycott of NRCC fundraising has been announced today by Not One Red Cent, the online movement formed last month to protest the National Republican Senatorial Committee's unprecedented meddling in the 2010 Florida GOP primary.
It has become increasingly obvious of late that some Republicans have been in Washington too long. None of the eight GOP House members who voted for Waxman-Markey will be re-elected. They will either retire from the House, be defeated in next year's Republican primaries, or suffer well-deserved defeat on November 2, 2001. Therefore, every penny that the NRCC spends to support the re-election of the Waxman-Markey Eight is wasted money that could be used more effectively to support Republican challengers.
The NRCC must announce a policy of non-support for the Waxman-Markey Eight, or else NRCC fund-raising letters will go directly into the garbage cans of every previous grassroots GOP donor who is tired of seeing his contributions wasted to support nominal "Republicans" that repeatedly betray party principles.
Leadership appeals to partisan loyalty will fall on deaf ears, so long as leadership acts as if loyalty is a one-way street. If the leadership is not loyal to the party's grassroots, why should individual Republican members of Congress be loyal to the leadership? And why should the party grassroots heed the voice of "leaders" who only lead the party to disaster?
No personal reply to this letter is necessary. The NRCC's public repudiation of the Waxman-Markey Eight is the only response desired. Unless and until such a response is made, the grassroots answer your committee's appeal for donations is:
NOT ONE RED CENT!
Robert Stacy McCain
Founder, Not One Red Cent