Led by by former US Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, the Super PAC, Republicans for Immigration Reform, (RIR) sent a signal to GOP legislators mulling over immigration bills that RIR will support pro-immigration Republican candidates, and will place close attention as the lawmakers focus on the 2014 mid-term elections. Incumbent GOP legislators who take a hard line on the issue
RIR’s, whose mission is to “provide political support for Republican candidates that advance common-sense solutions to address the nation’s broken immigration system,” is co-founded by Charles Spies, co-founder of Restore Our Future, the pro-Romney super-PAC, which raised $152 million.
The Hill reports:
“We focus primarily on ‘take the vote now and we’ll support you.’ Those who don’t take the vote who get attacked by primary challengers who would have voted for it — that’s a very interesting question,” he said. “That’s also a possibility.”
Gutierrez said he would have no qualms about attacking primary challengers to pro-reform Republicans.
“If someone has voted for immigration reform and gets a primary challenger, we’ll go after them. We’ll go after challengers,” he said.
“We want to give cover to Republicans who want to vote for it — we’re going to be out there exercising our right of freedom of speech if someone attacks them from the right in a primary.”
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