McConnell says “I’m a big fan of the Tea Party movement” while fundraising for a liberal NC Republican

McConnell was on with today with Neil Cavuto and when asked about a recent statement regarding the Senate Conservatives Fund, he made a point to say that while he does feel the SCF is counterproductive and clearly doesn’t really like them, he said he is a big fan of the Tea Party movement writ large.

He was also asked about letting Obamacare fail on its own or trying to fix it, and he agreed that we should let it fail because it can’t be fixed. But he also said we’re stuck with it until the people decide to change the government – which means he’s not going to fight for repeal.

Watch the clip below:

While I think McConnell does like the Tea Party to some degree, it’s a bit hard to believe he’s that big of a fan when he’s fundraising for a liberal NC Republican who is running for the Senate:

REDSTATE – So what is Mitch McConnell doing as the most powerful Republican in Washington?

He’s fundraising for Thom Tillis, the Charlie Crist of North Carolina, at the house of a Fannie Mae lobbyist.

McConnell has a habit of endorsing the most liberal candidate in a primary, as he did with Trey Grayson, Charlie Crist, and Arlen Specter. Thom Tillis, the current Speaker of the North Carolina General Assembly, fits right in with those names:

  • He opposed the state’s marriage amendment, which won with 61% of the vote last year.
  • As Speaker, he is blocking conservative efforts to halt Common Core in the state.
  • He voted for green energy mandates in 2007. Then when the bank he owns, Aquesta Bank, became one of the few institutions engaging in solar energy loans, Tillis blocked conservatives from repealing the mandate (after Republicans took over the general assembly).
  • He is a pay-for-play venture socialist at its worst. In fact, he could put the people on K Street to shame without ever having served in Washington. He supported a Democrat to serve on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors because he gave a lot of money to Tillis’s campaign. He has also pushed expansion of toll roads for his special interests and has recruited primary challengers against conservative representatives who oppose them.
  • He dramatically watered-down the Republican Voter ID law.

Not surprisingly, his views on illegal immigration will be colored by special interests.

If this is the kind of guy McConnell wants elected, the how can he say he’s a big fan of the Tea Party?

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  • CaseyGeorge

    As a NC resident, I seriously hope Greg Brannon can beat out Tillis and his establishment ties/$$$

    Brannon’s got Rand Paul’s endorsement, but it’d be great if he could get endorsements from Cruz, Lee, West, etc.

    • puma_for_life

      I like Brannon, also. Karl Rove is also supporting this Tillis person who is totally corrupt. I also like Rand Paul and I hope he runs for the GOP nomination and gets it! I think Ted Cruz is a great actor and should go into theater, but if he gets the nomination, which I seriously doubt he will, I would support him.

      • c4pfan

        And Rand will? Please.

        • puma_for_life

          He has a better chance than Cruz, but probably the establishment will not allow it.

    • puma_for_life

      Here is a video of Brannon talking about de-funding obamacare:

  • Nevada

    McConnell is the complete embodiment of the old adage; “How can you tell when a politician is lying? …when his lips are moving.”

  • SPELL9

    He’s a big fan of his own bowel movement.

  • Guein

    Give me a break. How can McConnell claim to praise the Tea Party movement when he never thanks them for support of conservative issues or backs a candidate that it endorses. He’s one of the reasons the Tea Party exists.

  • Chester Simms

    This fool needs to be primaried out.

  • giveususfree

    Yeah sure Mitch, and Ted Cruz is a big fan of RINO’s.

  • PNWShan

    I got a call from the Republican Congress fundraising arm this morning, which woke me up, I might add. I told the person on the phone that I was NOT going to donate when people like McConnell and McCain criticize the conservatives and Tea Party, etc. I also referred to the hearings on Benghazi and the IRS and Fast and Furious having come to nothing, and why did we vote people in in 2010 to get rid of Obamacare when they’ve done diddly to get rid of it?

    • Darrell Griffin

      Give ’em hell. I did the same thing a few months back.

      I also told them “you had a resounding victory in 2010, and you squandered it. No more going along to get along.”

    • c4pfan

      But, but, we are supposed to vote them in and then they pinky swear they will cut government! Yeah, right.

  • Wigglesworth

    We don’t believe your lies anymore Mitch. If you become Majority Leader you will fully fund Obamacare while making sure your billionaire benefactors get their pound of flesh from the American taxpayer.

  • jay l

    Hes being primaried by a hardcore Tea Party conservative. He has to say this or hes done.

  • Oh he’s a big fan alright. He’d like to blow them all away.


    …term limits anyone ?”

  • The Tea Party will reward him immensly, by kicking his behind out of Congress. I hope that Kentucky can pull through. This man has been in office since the Reagan revolution. He needs to go. I just hope he doesn’t do a “Lugar’d”.

    • CalCoolidge

      Yeah, I don’t think he can fool anyone who actually is “tea party,” During the last four years, was he leading the rallies?

  • Subie201

    McConnell better watch his own race…he’s being primaried! This old fart needs to retire and make room for new younger blood! We’ve had enough of these establishment dork RINOS who kiss Reid’s butt!

  • drphibes

    He loves the Tea Party. Just not those icky extremists who favor the Constitution.

  • Kimber1911

    Mitch.. your’e just like Barry.. Lying

    • Hot_wings

      Mitch.. your’e just like Barry BAMSTAHHHHH!!!!!!!! YOU DA MANNN BAMMMMY BABBBBYY !!!! LOVE YA BARRY OL BUDDY OL PALLLL!!!!!!!!!!!! YAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • $29528627

    Mr. McConnell please don’t mistake me for a low-information voter. You are a lying toe rag.

  • CalCoolidge

    Is it election season already? Oh, boy. Conservatism will be crawling out of the woodwork. Even the Dems will be pretending.

  • marketcomp

    Yea right! Ok so if you are a big fan of the tea party, what does TEA stand for loser? Something you can use the next time you decide to negotiate with Harry Reid and Barack Obama.

  • LibertyLinda

    What a liar. You know what to do KY.

  • $73426719

    Funny that, seeing as the Tea Party hates your guts. Rat-faced piss scum.

    • c4pfan

      I know I’m beginning to.

  • NYGino

    McConnell talks out of both sides of his chins.

  • Betsey_Ross

    Poor Mitch. He must have forgotten that he wanted to punch tea party members in the face. He must have forgotten that there is video of him saying so and other threatening tidbits to Conservatives. Politics as usual is not what we need or want. We have to get this done, KY and NC.

  • FreeManWalking

    Replace all of these pollut a ticians with Representatives.

  • froggy19510

    McConnell says “I’m a big fan of the Tea Party movement”
    He would have been better off if he would have just said “I have TEA party friends.”.

  • YankeeTexan

    Stick a fork in old mitch cause he’s done.. And he knows it

  • Timothy Jacques

    Hey Mitch….gobble, gobble, gobble!!!!

  • sDee

    The GOP’s false fight against Progressives as dangerous than the Progressives themselves.

    Thom Tillis is to-the-core establishment GOP. Bigger government. Public Private Partnerships, Obamacare exchanges.

    The contrast between Tillis and staunch Constitutionalist Greg Brannon could not be more clear. Brannon will set a new bar in defense of the Republic. Send donations and/or volunteer. Brannon wil not back down. He will swing others to retake America.

    This primary battle is crucial for freedom.

  • c4pfan

    Yeah, he likes the Tea Party money and using them as a fall guy whenever he or another GOP ‘leadership’ screws up.

  • Hot_wings

    Myth McTurtell : “I’m a big fan of the Tea Party movement”
    What actually went through McTurtle’s head:
    YIKES ! Look at the calendar …DECEMBER 2013, less than a year from the ’14 midterm elections. I’d better start making nice with all those right wing wacko bird extremist tea baggers, hopefully I can sucker them in to voting for me again!

  • timerunnersc

    Sorry but this senator should resign and go home. Today Tenn has had two 3.1 earthquakes. coincidence?

  • PVG

    McConnell needs to tell his face how much he LOVES the TP. DITCH MITCH!!

  • Sentinel

    Let me join the chorus…
    Mitch McConnell is the enemy!!! He is one of the main people we have to fire next year. He and Boehner and Graham to be more specific. McConnell is spineless and utterly corrupt. I’ll even go so far as to say schizophrenic and senile too. His words and his deeds are been corrupt. He is quite simply the Valerie Jarrett of the Republican party. HE. MUST. BE. VOTED. OUT!

  • Kimber1911


  • $1714278

    “he also said we’re stuck with it until the people decide to change the
    government – which means he’s not going to fight for repeal.” What an asinine thing to say….only way things will change is if you fight…..He doesn’t want anything thing to change or he would fight..gerrrrrrrrrrrr….

  • warpmine

    “If this is the kind of guy McConnell wants elected, the how can he say he’s a big fan of the Tea Party?”

    Old Mitchel like the results of the TEA Party brought by the election of more Republican labels. As far as liking them personally, well let’s just say he disagrees in the same manner that Obama is a political centrist.

    Mitch can just taste that power when the results of the ’14 elections are posted that is unless he’s out on his arse at the primary.

  • harglide

    This guy says “root and branch”. Well he is danged sure, part of that statement……..and he also said “change the house and senate in 2014.”

    YES, change it and get rid of your old rhino ASS!!! You, pal, are not a tea party liker or lover! BE GONE RHINO!!!

    Basically, YOU ARE A SERIOUS LOSER! Sorry, best way I could put it…..
    mitch, YOU ARE GONE, YOU ARE GONE, COME 2014…………

  • LOL Tell it to your crony henchmen and useful McRINOcrat idiot comrades McConnell, not to We the People / Reagan Tea Party grass roots conservatives. ie; Stick it where the sun don’t shine, as your electoral ass(ets) will be out of your seat of power soon enough.

    You and your lust for power and personal elitist self-preservation will be defeated, just like all the rest of the GOP establishment McRINO leadership, post haste!

    With GOP establishment McRINOs like you McConnell, who needs Obama and his

    Your facade of a 2 Party collusional system working as normal McConnell is unraveling right before your eyes. We the grass roots patriotic American Tea Party People, or as you more quaintly called us- “purists”, will restore the Republican Party back to it’s original purpose, as a real “opposition” party to the Democrats. Deal with it in the unemployment line.

    Oh, and here’s some more evidence of your great Tea Party support-

    “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on a conference call organized by Karl Rove’s Crossroads organization for large donors and their advisers on Oct. 30 that the Tea Party movement, in his view, is a “nothing but a bunch of bullies” that he plans to “punch in the nose.” unquote- via

  • Mr. McConnell, do you think we’re smoking crack? Cause you’d have to be on something powerful to not smell that line of bull a mile long coming from you.

    In other news, Steve Stockman is challenging squishy Sen. John Cornyn. I don’t know much about him–hopefully some of my fellow Texan Right Scoopers might drop a dime.

    • RebinTexas

      Steve Stockman is a good man – and has a much better chance than the other challenger to the rino cornyn. As a Tea Party member here and follower of what our reps do as well as say – I plan to donate to Steve and work for his election, just as I did for Cruz……and I will also ask Sarah to consider backing Stockman, as she did Cruz……

  • m0r0

    Mr. McConnell, I have already decided to change government which is why, despite you receiving the endorsement of many I admire, I will work for your dismissal. Thank you for your years of service it is time for you to go not so happily into retirement.

  • timsrighty

    I don’t if Mr. M is a good man or not. I want to believe it, but I just don’t know. All I know is bad things happen when good men and women do nothing. and Mr. M is a big pile of nothing.

  • I have 2 words for McConnell. Matt Bevin.

  • Dr. Strangelove

    Sounds like he’s singing the Election Year Rag. Glad to hear he’s a fan boi, though.

  • WBee1 Proud Navy Wife

    So Mitch is embracing the Tea Party now. It wouldn`t have anything to do with the fact that Mitch is up for re-election next year in Kentucky would it??
    Sorry Mitch, that ship has sailed. When you started trashing Conservatives was the day you lost our support.
    Regards, The Tea Party.

  • Lippenheimer

    This guy has been around Obama too long.

    • timsrighty

      we all have…gag.

  • John Huffman

    This old gasbag had a chance to stand with Cruz and Lee. That was the moment in history to have done something. Win or lose, stand for something sir! I have had enough of his type of leadership, after all it is the same as the democrat party. It’s just 2nd gear instead of 5th gear. Same destination. Shameless pitch, Mitch

  • olddog

    Big Gov. Gumba Progressive…pick an “ISM”…he’ll flip either way…Typical “District of Criminals” “control freak ON ROIDS”…

  • NYGino

    Since good ole Mitch is coming out of the closet as a true conservative, I feel an obligation to reveal my real identity to my fellow Scoopers. I’m really an astronaut and will be one of the crew members on the next Space Shuttle trip to the International Space Station. What?…What was that? We no longer have a functioning space program? There will be no more Space Shuttle flights?…. Oh. Never mind.