Monday, April 21st, 2014

This qualifies Tammy Baldwin as a leftwing extremist

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Dan Bice, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s political gossip columnist, reported tonight on nearly $60,000 in campaign contributions received by Senate candidate Congressman Tammy Baldwin from a pro-Iranian group.

U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin – who was against Iranian sanctions before she was for them – has received nearly $60,000 for her Senate bid from a group that says the American policy of imposing sanctions and trying to “publicly threaten and insult Iran” does little more than strengthen the country’s hard-liners.

The Council for a Livable World, which opposes nuclear weapons, argues that Iran poses no current threat to the United States.

Baldwin has had the support of the left-of-center group since her first congressional race in 1998.

“Unfortunately, United States policy has been to publicly threaten and insult Iran while taking provocative actions such as adopting a policy of regime change, attempting to increase unilateral sanctions, deploying additional military assets in the region, and arresting Iranian representatives in Iraq,” says the council’s research arm, the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

“Iran does not pose an imminent threat to the U.S. and is unlikely to do so for years, perhaps as long as a decade according to American intelligence estimates.”

The council advocates resolving the nuclear dispute with Iran through diplomacy. Baldwin is one of 18 Senate candidates – 16 Democrats and two independents – backed by the group.

As Bice points out, Baldwin (until her senate campaign) has been a reliable vote against toughening sanctions against Iran.

From 2006 to 2011, Baldwin voted against the four biggest efforts to toughen sanctions against the Middle Eastern country. In one case, she was one of only eight representatives to oppose the measure, joining such lawmakers as Ohio Democrat Dennis Kucinich and Texas Republican Ron Paul.

What a lovely bunch of coconuts, really.

In the current race, the Council for a Livable World has been one of Baldwin’s biggest funding sources, having donated or passed along $59,902 in the past 1 1/2 years. Only two other Senate candidates – Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts and Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio – have received more cash from the council.

Nearly $60,000 from an organization that defends one of the greatest threats in the Middle East, a country that is trying to develop a nuclear weapons capability so it can destabilize the region and probably attack Israel.

Joining Baldwin in the extreme leftwing camp are Pat Kreitlow, a former state senator who is running against Congressman Sean Duffy, and Rob Zerban, the Democratic candidate running against Congressman Paul Ryan. All three have been financially backed by this organization, and all three should be disqualified in the minds of the voters as serious candidates.

This kind of insane foreign policy position puts Baldwin outside the mainstream of even the liberal wing of her own party, and certainly does not line up with Wisconsin values.

It’s definitely time for some Tommymentum.

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