Conservative Revolt Brewing Against Scott Walker Over Staffer Hired By His PAC
Last week, Right Wing News did an article about Scott Walker’s PAC hiring Brad Dayspring. If you don’t know who Brad Dayspring is, here’s an introduction from one of the conservative candidates he slimed during the GOP primaries .
“Brad Dayspring is well known as a despicable establishment operative who specializes in slander and character assassination against conservative candidates,” Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel—one such conservative Dayspring personally frequently attacked—told Breitbart News exclusively on Wednesday. “He is the perfect example of why conservatives no longer trust the GOP. He’s little more than a paid attack dog, without principle and honor, the personification of everything wrong with our present political system.”
“Scott Walker appears to be a good man with solid conservative instincts. But his hiring of the unstable Dayspring is an insult to honorable political discourse. If Dayspring is aligned with Walker, then conservatives should be warned to look elsewhere for leadership.”
Right Wing News has contacts with Scott Walker’s campaign and with his PAC. We reached out to both and asked for them to go on the record about Brad Dayspring. Unfortunately, nobody was willing to go on the record defending him — which should tell you a lot.
If Brad Dayspring is indefensible, why did Scott Walker’s team hire him? Well, you hire a guy like this either to stab conservatives in the back or to let your backers in the establishment know that you intend to do exactly that despite the rhetoric you’re using to trick the “bubbas” into voting for you.
Why else would they go to the mat for a new staffer after the reaction Dayspring received?
Breitbart has written a negative article about the hire and so has the Daily Caller (Where it was noted Dayspring had been telling people he was going to work for Jeb Bush). Over at Redstate, where Walker wrote a July 4th guest diary, the Wisconsin governor has been compared to Thad Cochran over this. Chairman of For America Brent Bozell, the head of the Media Research Center who runs For America, wants Dayspring gone. Mark Levin, who has roughly 7 million listeners, has been smeared by Dayspring before and retweeted the Right Wing News article we put out about him.
Since the article came out, we spoke to another one of the grassroots conservative candidates that Dayspring vilified, Dr. Milton Wolf, who primaried Republican Senator Pat Roberts in Kansas. Here’s what he had to say about Scott Walker’s team hiring Brad Dayspring.
“It’s baffling that a principled conservative like Scott Walker would hire Brad Dayspring. Dayspring is an attack dog for hire who specializes in slandering and maligning conservatives in order to protect the failed insiders who have abandoned conservative principles and are destroying our Republican Party.”
Here are just a few of the tweets from dismayed conservatives that flooded Twitter since the Right Wing News article came out.
@ScottWalker Hiring Brad Dayspring?! You just lost my support. If your judgment is THAT bad to hire scum like Brad, I can’t support you.
— Scott Campbell (@scottcped) July 7, 2015
— ProfitIsGood (@catonglue) July 7, 2015
if they keep Brad Dayspring, it’s a neon warning sign about Walker that’s 50 ft high and conservatives should heed it http://t.co/tKCNDsHnli
— HCinR3 (@HCinR3) July 7, 2015
— TNgardengirl (@gardengirl625) July 3, 2015
@ScottWalker, get rid of brad dayspring off your cpac. Conservatives will not support your campaign as long as you have dayspring
— Fred Chase (@fwilly1) July 3, 2015
— TruthForAmerica (@phfreedom) July 6, 2015
I agree 100% with that last tweet.
Maybe Scott Walker’s team didn’t do its due diligence before it hired Dayspring. That would be a mistake, but forgivable. On the other hand, if Walker’s team hangs onto Dayspring, it might as well be flat-out telling you to leave a spot open on your back so a knife can be slammed in there down the road. A veterans’ group wouldn’t bring in Jane Fonda and no conservative you can trust is going to keep Brad Dayspring on his team.