GOP to Down-Ballot Candidates: How To Deal With Trump

The Washington Post’s recent article, “Private memo lays out how the GOP would deal with Trump as its nominee” had a link to the seven page confidential memo from the tricksNational Republican Senatorial Campaign (NRSC) to their Senate Candidates. It was dated September 22, 2015.

Similar information probably went to incumbent House candidates, including our own Rep. Reed. The campaign hints in the memo are not new. They are a step above Campaigning 101. I’m not surprise that GOP Headquarters felt the need to remind their candidates of the basics of “talking to the voters back home” and “grab onto the best elements of the anti-Washington populist agenda.” I assume that Trump has seen this. I wonder if he is developing the law suit against the Republican Party.

It will be fun tracking which campaign hints our congressman uses. (Follow this link to a pdf copy of the memo.)


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Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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8 Responses to GOP to Down-Ballot Candidates: How To Deal With Trump

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    What a gold mine. I’m wondering if a similar memo was handed out in early 2014? Tom Reed was using many of those tactics pre-election in 2014 with his endearing Sister Mary videos, using her for campaigning. His “Tom on the Job” series, where he “worked” in chosen local businesses learning about the job. He has not discussed GOP Presidential candidates on social media, but has given two weak endorsements of Jeb Bush in certain interviews. Reed has definitely worked on his physical presentation over the last year, with improved facial and body mannerisms. While slyly side stepping issues of his party’s obstruction and anti-Constitutional games, Reed posts fluff pieces on his official page – another suggested trick – while blasting the US President and Reed’s worthy opponent as an “insider”. The typical political game of transferring your sins to the other guy.

    How interesting that this memo never suggests candidates tell the truth, answer tough questions, or campaign on their merits and legislative successes for their districts. If the memo had, Tom Reed would be out of luck.


  2. whungerford says:

    Target China–there’s one Tom has used.


  3. pystew says:

    Here is a link to an article summarizing the GOP’s advice to their candidates for the August Recess in 2013.
    In the article is a link to the document itself. I believe the national committees provide guidance about the the preferred talking point to build support for the next campaign.

    There is a reason for the Trump memo. Did they have a similar memo about how to run with Romney? I don’t remember them fretting about losing seats in 2012. Obviously they do now.

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  4. whungerford says:

    Tying Reed to Trump may be difficult, but it should be possible to tie Tom to the GOP establishment as he is very much a party stalwart. But are NY-23 Republicans sufficiently disgruntled with party leaders to reject Tom on that basis?

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  5. pystew says:

    I would be easier to tie Reed to Cruz–Reed followed Ted down the Debt Default and Government Shut Down paths and is with him on not funding Planned Parenthood.


  6. whungerford says:

    But is Cruz unpopular with NY-23 Republicans?


  7. pystew says:

    I think the question is how popular is Cruz with the NY-23 Republicans. Did they really want to shut down the government? Did they really want us to not to pay our bills? Yes, some may have, and they strongly support Reed. I contend that more really didn’t want those Cruz controlled events to happen. It would be harder for Reed to disassociate himself from Cruz than Trump, since Reed supported the Cruz’s Shut Down and Debt Ceiling crisis. Cruz proudly says that he won’t compromise. That will lead to more gridlock. Most Republicans that I know would not support that thinking.


  8. whungerford says:

    It is confusing: Tom is liberal for a Republican, yet right-leaners often seem unaware of that. Tom’s tough talk seems to appease his right-leaning constituents without alienating moderates. He seems to get by with his good old boy persona.


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