Convicted RINO Congressman Resigns, Opening Seat for Conservative

Congressman Michael Grimm (NY11), infamous for being indicted on 20 counts of wire fraud and federal tax evasion and perjury, pleading guilty on a count of felony tax fraud and threatening to throw a reporter over a balcony, has announced that he would resign from office. He was also one of the most liberal Republicans in Congress with a 2013 American Conservative Union rating of 27%.

A member of the so-called Republican Main Street Partnership, he voted for the recent "Crominibus," a massive $1 Trillion spending bill as well as a move to give President Obama a blank check by suspending the National Debt Ceiling until March 15, 2015.

A special election will soon be held in New York's 11th Congressional District. This district is made up of Staten Island a little bit of Brooklyn. Local party officials will choose the candidates.

The apparent frontrunner for the Republicans is Daniel Donovan, Staten Island's district attorney. If he is the nominee, he also should be able to get the New York Conservative Party nod. (In the 2010 New York Attorney General Campaign, Donovan won the endorsement of the Conservative Party of New York.) Donovan will be more conservative than Grimm.

The Democrats have several possible candidates but left-wing NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is very unpopular here. Grimm won reelection in November, even after the indictment, because he was successful in tying the Democrat candidate to de Blasio. The new Republican nominee will be doing the same.

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2016 -- The Challenge Ahead

The 2014 elections were great for conservatives. Conservative Victory Fund was right in the middle of the battle.

Look at the results: Harry Reid will no longer be Senate Majority Leader - a great victory for constitutional government. And looking toward 2016, the next goal is to fire Harry Reid from the Senate.

As you can see from the article immediately following this one, a number of conservatives were elected to the Senate.

The same is true in the House. Conservative Victory Fund was involved in primaries to help conservatives win: conservatives like Jody Hice in Georgia, Frank Guinta in New Hampshire, and Alex Mooney in West Virginia. The result is that a number of new solid conservatives have been elected and will fight for conservative goal in the U.S. House.

We can't rest on our laurels though. The battle for 2016 is already beginning. Liberal special interests will be targeting conservatives in states that Obama won 2008 and 2012 like Wisconsin's Ron Johnson and Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey. Other solid Senate conservatives will face the voters again in 2016 such as James Lankford, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Tim Scott. The Republicans will have 24 seats up: the Democrats 10.

However, among those 10 states are some opportunities for conservatives including Harry Reid's seat in Nevada. Our goal is to fire Harry Reid.

U.S. Senate -- CVF Supported Conservatives Win

ALASKA: DAN SULLIVAN

ARKANSAS: SENATOR-ELECT TOM COTTON

COLORADO: SENATOR-ELECT CORY GARDNER

IDAHO: SENATOR JAMES RISCH

IOWA: SENATOR-ELECT JONI ERNST

LOISIANA: SENATOR-ELECT BILL CASSIDY

MONTANA: SENATOR-ELECT STEVE DAINES

OKLAHOMA: SENATOR JIM INHOFE AND SENATOR-ELECT JAMES LANKFORD

SOUTH CAROLINA: SENATOR TIM SCOTT

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