...has done work with the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), a conservative group largely responsible for the elections of Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rand Paul (R-KY), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Ron Johnson (R-WI), among others. Former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), who left the U.S. Senate last year to become the president of the Heritage Foundation, founded SCF.It's part of the GOP establishment's war on tea partiers like the ones Fischer embraces. From the World-Herald on August 2nd:
Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Deb Fischer of Nebraska were among a dozen GOP senators who penned a letter insisting that they would not support any legislation to keep the government operating this fall unless it also shuts down funding for the Affordable Care Act, which is frequently referred to as Obamacare.After the shutdown produced furious polling fallout from voters, Fischer blithely backpedaled, calling the shutdown she encouraged "disappointing."
News of the letter produced a swift and strong backlash from other Republicans who denounced the tactic as a pointless and ultimately self-defeating bid for attention.