Freedom Caucus stance against McCarthy inspires conservatives to fight ’50 swamps in all 50 states’
State-level Freedom Caucus lawmakers across the country are pushing to drain the ‘swamp’ in their states after being inspired by the 20 conservatives in the US House of Representatives who insisted on concessions before allowing Kevin McCarthy to become the next Speaker of the House.
“We have 10 Freedom Caucus State Freedom Caucuses in place and operating right now. And because of what the House Freedom Caucus did in January in the fight against the speakers, it created a huge inspiration among the state legislators across the country,” Andrew Roth, chairman of the State Freedom Caucus Network, told TOU Digital.
“One thing that people might not realize is that there are 50 swamps in all 50 states,” Roth said. “The swamp,” he said, is not exclusive to Washington, D.C.
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The State Freedom Caucus Network was launched in late 2021 with support from the influential House Freedom Caucus and politicians like Mark Meadows. The group is made up of Republicans, says Roth, who advocate “open, accountable, and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote freedom, security, and prosperity for all Americans.” .
“We do this by providing the free-state classes with the tools, tactics, resources and strategies to help them successfully advance pro-growth public policy solutions,” Roth said.
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He said the network gives state legislators the “opportunity to meet and discuss how to stop bad legislation and promote good legislation.” The network is successful, Roth says, “because we’re just providing David with a little bit of help to take on Goliath.”
He says the battle is taking place in the states of South Carolina and South Dakota.
Last week, TOU Digital reported that members of the South Dakota Freedom Caucus were challenging Gov. Kristi Noem’s office, saying he had “exceeded” his constitutional authority by sponsoring legislation in the state legislature.
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Those members say Noem’s office is exploiting a loophole in the state’s legislative process that allows agencies to introduce bills to the legislature without a legislative sponsor, an act some Republicans in the state say too often cross the line. line in an area that should be controlled by legislators.
“A battle has been waged in the South Dakota legislature and tensions are escalating,” the South Dakota Freedom Caucus said in a statement last week.
In South Carolina, members of the Freedom Caucus accuse Republican leaders in the State House of asking all Republicans to sign a “Soviet-style pledge” or face withdrawal from GOP ranks.
Roth says the more their numbers grow, the more their influence on national politics will increase.
“Where there were once 1,000 soft, conservative voices, there is now a very strong, unified, conservative voice in each of the states where we have a Freedom Caucus. And when that voice gets louder and louder and amplifies… the cause of freedom, it’s going to put people in a difficult situation,” he said.
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