The other day we noted that members of the Freedom Federation had sent another letter to members of the Senate urging them to delay any vote on repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell until next year (when Republicans would have enough votes to kill any such effort).
Today, The Daily Caller printed a memo written by Freedom Federation founder Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel that was distributed to his Religious Right allies laying out the ten senators they intended to target:
Senators need to know that they will be held accountable for how they vote on this issue.
Within the next 48 hours be sure to communicate with your constituencies that the following ten Senators in the following states must be contacted, urging them to vote against overturning DADT:
Ben Nelson – Nebraska
Jon Tester – Montana
Kent Conrad – North Dakota
Joe Manchin – West Virginia
Jim Webb – Virginia
Claire McCaskill – Missouri
Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe – Maine
Scott Brown – Massachusetts
Lisa Murkowski – Alaska
These ten Senators need to get the clear message that each of them will have to choose which set of supporters they want in 2012 when they run for reelection. We need to make the choice very clear.
Today, the Family Research Council took it a step further and officially announced that they will “endorse and fund conservative primary challengers to any U.S. Senator who votes to overturn ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ during the lame-duck session”:
FRC Action PAC President Connie Mackey made the following comments:
“We are pledging today to endorse, and help fund, conservative primary challengers to any U.S. Senator who votes during the lame-duck session to overturn ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ FRC Action PAC will work to remove any U.S. Senator who would place liberal special interests ahead of the priorities of the American people.
“The U.S. Senate has twice rejected the overturn of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Despite this, Majority Leader Harry Reid continues with his obsession while failing to address the essential responsibilities of the federal government. As three of the four service chiefs have made clear, the men and women of the Armed Forces who are engaged in fighting two wars should not be distracted by Congress using them to advance a liberal social agenda. Using the Senate’s time in the lame-duck session to pay back his liberal political base is simply absurd and demonstrates once again Senator Reid’s misplaced priorities. Members of the Senate should refuse to become accomplices in helping Harry Reid advance his agenda over the American people’s agenda,” concluded Mackey.
What was that I was just saying yesterday about FRC completely losing it over the prospect of seeing DADT repealed?