RedState Gathering 2013: Greg Brannon speaks, Erick Erickson slams Thom Tillis

redstateRedState Gathering — the preeminent national conservative gathering founded by the RedState web site — kicked off this weekend in New Orleans.  The yearly event brings together Tea Party-oriented conservatives from around the country each year to network and strategize.

Erick Erickson — the web site’s founder — is a Georgia-based politico and radio talk show host who has been instrumental in getting folks like Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee elected to the United States Senate.  He also played a major part in helping Nikki Haley get into the South Carolina governor’s mansion.

This year — in the run up to the 2014 vote — Erickson invited a number of candidates from around the country to speak to the gathering.  Dr. Greg Brannon of Cary, a Republican seeking the party’s nomination for US Senate in 2014, was one of the invited speakers (fast forward to the TWO HOUR mark on the linked video.)

Erickson, in his introduction  of Brannon, had some harsh words for state House speaker Thom Tillis — the other announced candidate for the GOP nomination:

[…]”It’s a Republican field with a lot of people.  One of them is the speaker of the House of Representatives in North Carolina, and I can tell you I would rather vote for the pile of brown goo on the side of the road in New Orleans than vote for that guy as a Republican in North Carolina. He’s terrible. You do not want this person.  […]”

4 comments for “RedState Gathering 2013: Greg Brannon speaks, Erick Erickson slams Thom Tillis

  1. Gina
    August 5, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Anyone who is for Common Core will NOT get my vote. Tillis is bought and paid for, no thank you, GOP.

  2. Raphael
    August 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Here is another interesting development from the Red State Gathering concerning the Senate races:

    The National Republican Senatorial Committee will be out gunning for conservative candidates in the primaries if I read this right. They are an establishment Republican group but have a mixed history as to whether they oppose conservatives in primaries or not.

    • Raphael
      August 5, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      While giving directly to good conservative candidates is always best, I have found these are the most dependable conservative organizations on identifying who those candidates are:

      Senate Conservatives Fund –

      Club for Growth –

      Contributions can also be made directly to the organizations, but it is best to give it directly to the candidates. Last cycle I gave to all but one of the endorsed candidates of both groups for US Senate, and a number of their House endorsed candidates.

      The Club for Growth is sponsoring the Primary My Congressman website which is seeking challengers against a number of establishment Republicans. Renee Ellmers is one of their targets.

      Heritage Action for America and The Madison Project are also good dependable conservative groups to look to as to which are the genuine conservative candidates. No official group with the Republican Party can be trusted, as the establishment controls all of them.

    • Raphael
      August 6, 2013 at 11:38 am

      Here is more commentary on the battle between conservatives and the GOP establishment (which often tries to pose as ”conservative”) on the upcoming US Senate races:

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