Rep. Michael McCaul Stands by Far Right Attacks on Sonia Sotomayor

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Last week I reported on Texas Republicans embrace of Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich (or at least their money) even as these far-right players made racial attacks on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor. I made reference to Limbaugh's attendance at a fundraiser for Rep. Michael McCaul where he was made an honorary Texan by Gov. Rick Perry.

I know a number of local Democrats were interested in seeing video from that private event which McCaul was hiding the location of until the last minute. Well, Gov. Perry was so kind as to have his staff take video of the event and posted his speech and shoutout of “God Bless Rush Limbaugh” to his campaign's YouTube channel. And McCaul? He's standing by the entire time clapping and grinning at the whole scene. Watch it for yourself.

This isn't a case of guilt by association or proximity (though I can't imagine wanting to be in close proximity to Rush Limbaugh metaphorically or physically). McCaul has yet to repudiate or distance himself from the racially inflamed comments made by Limbaugh and Gingrich which even RNSC chair Sen. John Cornyn has distanced himself from calling them “terrible” and “not the kind of tone that any of us want to set”.

And while Limbaugh is still set to headline Cornyn's fundraiser for the RNSC, McCaul is set to benefit from the House Republican committee's fundraiser with Newt Gingrich the same day, next Monday. The DCCC asks the prescient question.

“For five days, Representative Michael McCaul had a simple choice to make: He could strongly denounce Newt Gingrich's shameful rhetoric or stay silent and just take his money,” said Ryan Rudominer, National Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “With five days to go until the fundraising dinner with Gingrich, will Representative Michael McCaul finally speak out against the radical right or continue to remain silent and take their campaign cash?”


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  1. Taxpayer dollars for political purposes?
    Those “honorary Texan” certificates are a function of the Governor's office. It is one of the honorary certificates that they print, sign, and put the seal. Those activities happen with taxpayer resources. Governor Perry then presents it at a political function. I believe that is illegal. It is also dishonorable, making Rush a Dishonorary Texan.

    Now, were Perry's people to have done all of that with campaign resources, I breathe a huge sigh of relief because not only would he be–on this rare occasion–within the law, but it would mean Rush is NOT officially an honorary Texan.

    So either way, I am cool with it. Now, somebody call Rose the DA to investigate.

  2. OMG
    And there he is. Rick Perry praising the man, “God Bless Rush Limbaugh.”

    And then that big hearty smooch to the blonde woman like they've just won the lottery. Is that Perry's wife, his sister, Rush's publicist, girlfriend, who?

    What a bizarre lovefest.  

  3. politysentinel on

    Does anyone here look at the facts?
    Being the one person here who always points out the facts of many attacks on this website, I once again want to set the record straight.

    Since Day 1 Congressman McCaul has clearly been on record recognizing the historic significance of Sonia Sotomayor's selection.

    In a statement to the Houston Chronicle on May 26, 2009 Congressman McCaul states,

    “Political affiliation aside this is a historic day for America's Latino community.  Judge Sotomayor deserves a fair hearing.  If she is confirmed by the Senate it is my hope that she bases her decisions strictly on the Constitution and our laws and not on her personal political beliefs.”

    Statements like this seem far from racist and show that Congressman McCaul is willing to step out and state what he truly believes no matter what the “far-right players” say.

    • A good statement
      Then it should be that much easier to express his thoughts or feelings on whether he agrees with the statements of Rush Limbaugh who headlined his personal fundraiser in Houston, or Newt's given that McCaul will receive funds from the NRCC which is hosting Gingrich as a headliner.

      Cornyn did so it's not as if it's not a valid question to ask.  

    • Points Out the Facts?
      100% of your comments are attacking Jack McDonald and praising Mike McCaul.  Not sure what you mean about, “the one person here who always points out the facts of many attacks on this website”.

      It appears to me you are here to either pump up the embattled McCaul or tear down the well positioned challenger. It's hard to tell your real motives because of the pseudonym, but that's your prerogative.

      Since your other 3 comments only have to do with McDonald's donations from Wall Street, I will go ahead and say, yes we know about them and no I don't care.

      McCaul is having his money raised by an unelected racist. I think that's far worse and much more telling. I challenge any Republican to repudiate Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich and their racist remarks and pledge to turnout any money from people make statements like that.  Actions speak louder than words, and the smiles and claps in the background look a lot like tacit consent to me.

      If you think I am overreacting, tell me you, as a Republican, wouldn't do the same thing to McDonald or any other Democrat?  You are saying guilt by association for taking donations from people in New York who are giving their personal money to a candidate for Congress.

      Seems lawful, ethical, and moderated.  Unlike the unelected mouth pieces of the Republican Party.

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