The Herminator Backs Steve Laffey, Apparently

Steve Laffey putting the screws to a potential voter in CD-4.

Steve Laffey putting the screws to a potential voter in CD-4.

You might remember Herman "The Herminator" Cain, the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza who — for a short time, anyway — was actually one of the top Republican candidates for President in 2012 before reality intervened. Cain's limited Presidential potential probably peaked here in Colorado in August 2011, when he miraculously won a straw poll held at the Western Conservative Summit. Perhaps best remembered for his "9-9-9" tax reform plan, Cain will always have a special place in our hearts thanks to delightfully ridiculous statements about President Obama such as, "We need a leader, not a reader."

The Herminator loves him some Steve Laffey

The Herminator loves him some Steve Laffey

Anyway, The Herminator is apparently a fan of Republican Congressional candidate Steve Laffey (CD-4), joining the latter on a telephone town hall earlier this week. According to a press release from Laffey's campaign (full text after the jump):

Herman Cain announced his support of Steve Laffey several times throughout the 55 minute call.  He said, “I’m supporting Steve because he’s a person of character.  I don’t think we have to worry about him becoming a career politician once he gets to Washington DC.  He wants to be a problem solver when he gets there, and the reason that he wants to be a problem solver when he gets there is because that’s what he’s done all his life.”



Cain also emphasized that he doesn’t make a habit out of supporting individuals in their political endeavors.  “Steve is one of a very few people across this whole country that I am personally using my time to help support,” Cain said.

We're guessing The Herminator isn't turning down many politicians who ask for his time to help them campaign, but regardless, it is noteworthy that he is a supporter of Laffey. The story is fascinating in a "how do these two people get connected" sort of way, and in a four-way Republican Primary in CD-4, Cain's support might have some level of impact.

But even if this ends up meaning nothing on June 24th, it's still worth talking about. Any time we can mention Herman Cain, we're going to do so.

 

Herman Cain/Steve Laffey Telephone Town Hall Recap    

Northern Colorado – On Monday evening, June 2nd, U.S. Congressional candidate, Steve Laffey, joined together in a telephone town hall with 2012 Presidential candidate, Herman Cain.  Over 7000 potential voters participated on the call, which was part of Laffey’s campaign in Colorado’s Congressional District 4.



Herman Cain announced his support of Steve Laffey several times throughout the 55 minute call.  He said, “I’m supporting Steve because he’s a person of character.  I don’t think we have to worry about him becoming a career politician once he gets to Washington DC.  He wants to be a problem solver when he gets there, and the reason that he wants to be a problem solver when he gets there is because that’s what he’s done all his life.”



Cain also emphasized that he doesn’t make a habit out of supporting individuals in their political endeavors.  “Steve is one of a very few people across this whole country that I am personally using my time to help support,” Cain said.

The two men took calls from participants and discussed their solutions on a wide range of topics to include the rising national debt, balancing the budget, the burdensome tax code and the need to replace it, Common Core, Benghazi, gun rights, identity theft, how to appeal to “Millennial” voters, the difference between a career politician and a statesman, and what it means to be a conservative today.



When asked why a man from Georgia would support someone running for Congress in Colorado, Herman Cain said, “It doesn’t matter what state you come from, America’s problems are national.”  He said that liberals today think that Colorado, Georgia, Nebraska, and the rest of the country “ought to look like California, New York, and Washington, D.C.  Steve, I believe, is going to fight in order to solve the problems that we as a nation have and will keep us from becoming coastal in our mentality.  The liberals think that California, New York, and Washington, D.C. define America.  We know that America is not defined by those three locations.”



Participants were encouraged to leave voicemail questions and responses to the telephone town hall after it concluded.  One Congressional District 4 listener left this message:  “This is the first good news I’ve heard in so long about this country.  I’m just so glad that I listened to it.  I feel so good.”



If you missed the Laffey/Cain telephone town hall from June 2nd, you can listen to it HERE.

 

 

 

7 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Andrew Carnegie says:

    7,000 potential voters participated on the call?

    Notice they did not say 7,000 voters registered in CD-4.

    55 minute call,7,000 participated?

    They are serious?

    What is the over/under on Laffey getting 7,000 votes?

    I would think under.

  2. FrankUnderwood says:

    Isn't Laffey the guy who ran against (and softened up) Lincoln Chaffee in a GOP primary so Sheldon Whitehouse could finish him off in the general election in R.I.?

  3. Andrew Carnegie says:

    Laffey did run in the US Senate primary in Rhode Island against Chaffee and lost.

    I did a public service.  I listened to the entire "7,000 potential voters" telephone call.  All 55 minutes of it.

    There were a total of 7 people that called in:

    1.Lee from Castle Rock;

    2. Linda who had previously met Steve;

    3. Michael;

    4. Henry;

    5. Tom;

    6. Barbara and

    7 Margaret.

    There was no indication that there was anyone else waiting to be on the call.  It was moderated by someone identified as Ian and Steve and Herman answered the seven questions.

    Maybe everybody that called in knows a thousand people.

     

  4. gwlavoie says:

    Laffey was in that 2006 Senate race to win it. The Republican establishment in D.C. abandoned Rick Santorum, George Allen and other incumbents in support of the far-left Chafee who abandoned the party shortly thereafter. There were people from all over the country campaigning in RI for Chafee in the final days of the campaign. That is how much the establishment saw Laffey as a threat. I would love to see a person in Congress who is a threat to the establishment! Another factor that contributed to Chafee's win in 2006 is that Whitehouse had no primary opponent after Matt Brown had to drop out due to some scandal. Knowing they'd get a liberal either way (with Chafee vs. Whitehouse), the unions sent Democrats in droves to vote against Laffey in the open GOP primary. Laffey in congress is the only hope the entire country has of changing the status-quo in D.C. Laffey is a hard working, very powerful campaigner. I have no doubt 7,000 made the call (and I'll be some of them were GOP establishment people listening in and shaking).

    • DavieDavie says:

      Gotta go with our resident GOP establishment person, AC, on this one.  "Laffer" might get 7,000 votes, maybe.

      The only shaking by establishment GOPer's would be of their heads :-)

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        Well let's see then

        7,000 potential voters on the call . . . 

        Less 7 likely voters who actually asked (probably softball) questions . . .

        Equals 6,993 (extremely bored and very quiet) GOPers (with nothing better to do) who will likely vote for someone else.

        if my math is correct, expect Laffer to field somewhere between 7 and 7,000 votes — probably towards that left-end margain. 

  5. itlduso says:

    "I don't have the facts to back this up" (Herman Cain, 2011) but I'm sure there were WAY over 7,000 people on that call.

    Ah, it's fun to dust off the old chestnuts.

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