Senate Conservatives Fund: Mike Rounds Too Liberal

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It seems conservatives on the national stage are figuring out what most conservatives in South Dakota already knew: former governor Mike Rounds is too liberal.

Or as I put it recently: wrong for South Dakota, wrong for America.

From the Senate Conservatives Fund, a group that has helped elect real Republicans like Pat Toomey (R-PA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Ted Cruz (R-TX):

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Following today’s news that U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) is expected to retire next year, the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) announced that it will not support former Governor Mike Rounds for the Republican nomination in South Dakota and is actively looking for a conservative alternative.

We definitely need one. The days when our state and the nation could afford to indulge politicians who weren’t serious about enacting the conservative policies that will but our nation back on course are over.

They were over a long time ago, to be sure, but we moved from the serious stage to the critical stage when Barack Obama and his fellow socialists got complete control of the federal government in 2008 and rammed a truckload of socialist rot down this nation’s throat.  Now, some $5 TRILLION in new debt and a credit downgrade later, as well as advancing social decay, we are almost out of time to stop the decline of the American republic.

Mike Rounds proved when he skated into the governorship of South Dakota that he lacks the boldness and commitment to principles of limited government that will be required to stop this nation’s demise. And even if he is now serious, his chance to prove it has come and gone–and been wasted.

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The Senate Conservatives Fund reminds us just how Rounds wasted his chance to prove he was serious about Republican values and good government:

  • Expanded state bureaucracy by 1,500 employees
  • Supported higher cigarette, alcohol, and telephone taxes
  • Supported higher Internet taxes
  • Supported Medicare Part D prescription drug entitlement
  • Supported the TARP bailout program for Wall Street banks
  • Supported Obama’s “stimulus” spending
  • Supported the fiscal cliff deal, raising taxes on 80% of Americans
  • Refuses to rule out raising federal taxes in the future

In addition, he chickened out on South Dakota’s first attempt to stop the slaughter of innocent children in the womb in 2004, vetoing the bill and broadcasting to the pro-abortion lobby that the pro-life community was divided and lacked resolve.  He also put the taxpayers on the hook for risky sexually transmitted disease vaccinations for schoolgirls.

The only place where this kind of liberal record can pass for “conservative” or even “Republican” is in the mind of a self-deluded RINO who cares more about raw power than about what’s good for our nation.

The Republican Party doesn’t need another RINO diluting Republican values and credibility.  South Dakota doesn’t need another fake Republican who likes to play with the poison of liberalism, and America doesn’t need liberal-lite politician who isn’t serious about getting the country back to good health.

Rep. Kristi Noem?  Former State Senator Bill Napoli?  There are better choices out there. Will they lay it on the line–like our founders, who risked their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor–and stick their neck out for the good of our state and the nation?

HT: Political Smokout.



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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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