Rated R Rants

Theories for you to disregard completely from the "Rated R Republican" John Brodigan


Q With A View Interview With Chris Day
Posted on: February 26th, 2014 By:laduke

Special guest Chris Day, who’s just announced his candidacy for Congress from New York’s 17th District, joins the show to discuss his candidacy – why he’s running & why he’s a viable (and welcome!) alternative to incumbent Nita Lowey.

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Interview: Elise Stefanik (candidate, NY-21)
Posted on: October 21st, 2013 By:Brodigan

On this Right Hook Xtra, “the Rated R Republican” John Brodigan chats with NY Congressional candidate Elise Stefanik. Elise is trying to bring a conservative message to the upstate New York area and we discuss healthcare, jobs, and – considering the current environment – just why in the world anyone would want to run for Congress in the first place.


#PoliticsBytes: Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) talks Social Media, SXSW, and Bruno Mars
Posted on: September 9th, 2013 By:Brodigan

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A brand new segment here at the mighty FTR Radio, #PoliticsBytes (hosted by the “Rated R Republican” Brodigan) will talk all things digital media with the folks who at least sound like they know what they’re talking about.  For the debut, we’re joined by Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) who is hoping to bring the message of liberty to SXSW next year with his panel “Vine to Spotify: Making Politics Personal Again.” We discuss the importance of events outside our usual echo chamber like SXSW, as well as the best ways to effectively use social media for messaging


Interview w/ the RNC’s Scott Erickson on #ObamaCosts
Posted on: September 4th, 2013 By:Brodigan

On this Right Hook Xtra, “the Rated R Republican” John Brodigan chats with policy expert and RNC “Rising Star” Scott Erickson. They discuss the RNC’s new ObamaCareCosts Campaign to show American the actual cost of ObamaCare and how it’s effecting Americans. Spoiler Alert: It’s not free, and not well.


Interview w/ AFP’s Casey Given
Posted on: August 27th, 2013 By:Brodigan

On this Right Hook Xtra, “the Rated R Republican” John Brodigan chats with Casey Given, Policy Analyst for Americans for Prosperity (AFP). They discuss policy victories on the statewide level, education reform, and what the most important upcoming battle is.


My Interview with Christine Harbin Hanson
Posted on: August 19th, 2013 By:Brodigan

On this Right Hook Xtra, “the Rated R Republican” John Brodigan chats with Christine Harbin Hanson, Federal Policy Manager for American’s For Prosperity (AFP). We discuss AFP’s efforts to fight back against Enroll America/Obamacare exchanges.


My Interview with GOP Rising Star Marilinda Garcia
Posted on: August 16th, 2013 By:Brodigan

On this Right Hook Xtra, “the Rated R Republican” John Brodigan chats with NH state Representative Marilinda Garcia. Rep. Garcia was one of the first four of the RNC’s new Rising Stars program, and we discuss the importance of outreach and spreading the Republican message to a more broad audience.


INTERVIEW: Kristen Soltis Anderson
Posted on: June 7th, 2013 By:Brodigan

On this Right Hook Xtra, “the Rated R Republican” John Brodigan chats with Kristen Soltis Anderson, co-author of the new report “Grand Old Party for a Brand New Generation.” We talk about the reports findings on just how badly Republicans did with younger voters in the past election, what issues works and which ones don’t, and how to correct the problem for future elections.


INTERVIEW: RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day
Posted on: April 11th, 2013 By:Brodigan

In this “Right Hook Xtra,” “The Rated R Republican” John Brodigan had an opportunity to speak with RNC C0-Chair Sharon Day.  Ms. Day joined us from the RNC spring meeting out in Hollywood to talk about reaction to the GOP Growth and Opportunity Project and how they’re implementing many of the reforms.


WrestleMania Preview w/ NY Legislator Ben Traudt
Posted on: April 4th, 2013 By:Brodigan

In a very special Right Hook Xtra, “Rated R Republican” John Brodigan sits down with Dutchess Co. Legislator Ben Traudt to preview this weekend’s WrestleMania.

The card:

WWE Championship
The Rock vs. John Cena

The Undertaker vs. CM Punk

No Holds Barred Match; If Lesnar wins, Triple H must retire
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar

World Heavyweight Championship
Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger

Randy Orton, Sheamus & Big Show vs. The Shield

Intercontinental Championship
Wade Barrett vs. The Miz

Ryback vs. Mark Henry
WWE Tag Team Championship
Team Hell No vs. Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston

Chris Jericho vs. Fandango

Tons of Funk & The Funkadactyls vs. Team Rhodes Scholars & The Bella Twins


INTERVIEW: NRCC Digital Director Gerrit Lansing
Posted on: April 4th, 2013 By:Brodigan

In this Right Hook Xtra, “Rated R Republican” John Brodigan chats with National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Digital Director Gerrit Lansing. They talk about Buzzfeed, how the NRCC has been stepping up their digital, why it’s so important, as well as ways to improve outreach.


INTERVIEW: Congressional candidate Paul McKinley (R-IL)
Posted on: April 1st, 2013 By:Brodigan

On this Right Hook Xtra, “the Rated R Republican” John Brodigan speaks with congressional candidate Paul McKinley. Mr. McKinley is the GOP candidate for the April 9th special election in the IL-2, and joins us to discuss the Chicago machine and how he plans on beating them AND being elected the next Congressman from Illinois.


INTERVIEW: America Rising PAC’s Tim Miller
Posted on: March 26th, 2013 By:Brodigan

On this Right Hook Xtra, “the Rated R Republican” John Brodigan sits down with America Rising PAC’s Tim Miller. There’s been four months worth of autopsies, postmortems, and angry tweets of everything the went wrong last November, and Tim tells us how the new America Rising PAC is looking to fill the digital AND opposition research gap.


INTERVIEW: YRNF Candidates Brian Griffiths and Scott Czasak
Posted on: January 13th, 2013 By:Brodigan

On another Right Hook Xtra, “the Rated R Republican” John Brodigan continues his series on (place voter group here) outreach with candidates for YRNF Chair and Vice-Chair, Brian Griffiths and Scott Czasak.  Here Brian and Scott talk about why they’re running, how the GOP can attract more younger voters, and how the YRs can shake off the label of being just foot soldiers for “The Establishment.”


A Preview of Gov. Cuomo’s “State of the State” Address
Posted on: January 7th, 2013 By:Brodigan

On a special Right Hook Xtra, the “Rated R Republican” John Brodigan is joined by NY political strategists Lynn Krogh and Vince Casale. Here they give they preview Gov. Cuomo’s “State of the State” address, some breakout stars in the NY GOP, why the national GOP’s PR/messaging su-diddly-ucks lately, and how they can fix it.


Interview: NY State Senator Greg Ball (R-NY)
Posted on: January 2nd, 2013 By:Brodigan

In this The Right Hook Xtra, our own “Rated R Republican” speaks with NY State Senator Greg Ball. Sen. Ball represents the parts of the Hudson Valley where a local newspaper publisher recently printed the names and addresses of all residents who own a legally registered firearm. We discuss why they did it, the unintended consequences this particular editorial decision could have, and if it’s possible to even have a reasonable discussion on guns in the first place.


Interview: NYC mayoral candidate George McDonald
Posted on: December 27th, 2012 By:Brodigan

On a special The Right Hook Xtra, the “Rated R Republican” John Brodigan kicks off the 2013 election with NYC mayoral candidate George McDonald.  George tells us about his experience  as founder of The Doe Fund, his plans if elected Mayor, and how to create more jobs and a better business climate in New York.


Interview: GOP African American Outreach 101 w/ Demetrius Minor
Posted on: December 13th, 2012 By:Brodigan

On a special Right Hook Extra, “the Rated R Republican” John Brodigan chats with FreedomWorks blogger and co-host of “He Said, She Said.” Demetrius Minor.  They discuss how the GOP can, should, and needs to do a better job with outreach to both African American and youth voters.


This is Small Business America
Posted on: December 4th, 2012 By:Brodigan

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-22) released “This is Small Business America,” a video highlighting the small business S corporations like Gorski Engineering and its 17 employees whose taxes stand to increase if President Obama’s tax hike goes into effect.


Interview: GOP Hispanic Outreach 101 w/ Sam Rosado and Brittney Morrett
Posted on: November 29th, 2012 By:Brodigan

DIY: Do It Yourself goes Hazlo Tú Mismo on “The Right Hook” as “the Rated R Republican” John Brodigan talks with two conservative Hispanic activists: Brittney Morrett and Sam Rosado. Sam and Brittney just put out a white paper on what conservatives are doing wrong with Hispanics, and how to fix it, covering everything from outreach to rhetoric to Puerto Rico statehood and a lot more.