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Congressional Republicans backing more insurgent candidates
The Hill ^
| Aaron Blake
Posted on 01/09/2010 3:45:10 PM PST by mdittmar
A growing number of GOP members are bucking the party and backing non-establishment candidates in this years primary elections. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has drawn the most attention for supporting Marco Rubio in Floridas Senate race and Chuck DeVore in Californias. But now, other members of Congress are also backing candidates running against establishment favorites hundreds of miles away.
Many are feeling liberated, particularly after seeing Conservative Doug Hoffman drive centrist Republican Dede Scozzafava out of the New York special election.
In Rep. Glenn Nyes (D-Va.) district this week, two primary candidates running against national party-favored businessman Scott Rigell drew congressional endorsements. Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) backed former Navy SEAL Scott Taylor, while Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) endorsed businessman Ben Loyola.
Also this week, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) endorsed Rubio, and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) endorsed former Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.).
Nuness backing came as seven members of the states GOP delegation endorsed state Sen. Jeff Denham. Denham has been touted by the national GOP, while Pombo is seen as having severe electoral liabilities stemming from his 2006 loss in a neighboring district.
In spurning their party leaders, Burton, Diaz-Balart, Ryan and Nunes join Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), who two months ago endorsed real estate developer Armando Gutierrez. Gutierrez, who is one of a number of Republicans challenging Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), has rubbed GOP leaders in Washington the wrong way.
The members reasons for endorsing the insurgent candidates vary from case to case. Nunes served alongside Pombo and is close with him, while Diaz-Balart and Loyola are both Cuban-Americans.
Diaz-Balart noted his common background with Loyola in announcing his endorsement.
His family fled totalitarianism in Cuba for a life of freedom in America, said Diaz-Balart, who fled with his own family from Cuba. I know Ben Loyola will be a key voice as we work to strengthen the free enterprise system to create jobs for the American people.
Its not the first time Diaz-Balart has shunned the establishment with his endorsement. He and his brother, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), both recently withdrew their endorsements from Rubios opponent, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R). They havent backed Rubio, but they and other conservative Republicans in Congress might be tempted to do so in the coming months.
Rep. Ryan on Wednesday joined Sens. DeMint and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) to become the first out-of-state House member to take the bait. (Florida Republican Reps. Jeff Miller and Ginny Brown-Waite have also backed Rubio.)
In announcing his support, Ryan emphasized conservatism, which has been the main line of attack on Crist.
Marco Rubio has proven he is exactly the type of consistent, principled conservative the Republican Party needs to ensure the relationship between the federal government and the individual is one that maximizes freedom and prosperity, Ryan said.
Ryan also sent a $2,500 contribution to Rubio through his political action committee, while Burton has promised to hold a fundraiser for Taylor.
Burtons situation is particularly interesting, considering he faces a difficult primary to hold his seat this year. By alienating national party leaders with such an endorsement, he could conceivably alienate people who could help him win renomination this year. At the same time, the national party is unlikely to spend money on an incumbents primary in a safe district.
Lincoln Diaz-Balart has also been targeted, in his case, by Democrats. But his support for fellow Cuban-American candidates is not all that surprising, and he is not likely to upset party leaders for it. Rubio is Cuban-American.
Paul Lindsay, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) said GOP members are exercising their independence.
Just like primary voters, House Republican members have the freedom to choose who they feel is the best candidate to take on Democrats in these races," Lindsay said.
TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; congress; elections; incumbents; insurgents; primaries; primary
Well,that puts a new wheel on the wagon,don't it.
posted on 01/09/2010 3:45:11 PM PST
We the people are awake and watching... and soon to vote.
posted on 01/09/2010 3:47:36 PM PST
“Centrist” Dede Scozzafava? The Hill is a lying DNC progaganda rag. She was a flat out liberal.
So a socialist Democrat masquerading as a Republican is now defined as a "centrist" by the Democrat Party run media.
posted on 01/09/2010 3:53:54 PM PST
Dede a Centerist? No No No. She was and is a communist. The Democrat is a far more centralist than she was! BUT New York 23 set the template we can follow to victory.
A) RNC picks a Conservative—support and vote for them.
B) In The GOP Primary support the Conservative.
C) If the RNC picks a RINO/Leftist POS The Tea Parties should support a Conservative running on a 3rd Party. Like the Constutiona Party or Conservative Party of Reform etc... They will vote with Conservative Republicans if elected. In this way we need set up no 3rd Party and we can root out the Rinos in the GOP. They only race it will not work for is President.
Talking about NY-23, will Doug Hoffman run again in November? I think he can win this time. Or, there are other candidates emerge in the primary?
posted on 01/09/2010 4:17:39 PM PST
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Many are feeling liberated, particularly after seeing Conservative Doug Hoffman drive
centrist radical leftist Republican Dede Scozzafava out of the New York special election.
There fixed it.
posted on 01/09/2010 4:24:28 PM PST
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Don’t know what’s going on in New York,I’m working local.
posted on 01/09/2010 4:25:45 PM PST
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Good news! The bad statist/good statist con game is getting very old.
posted on 01/09/2010 6:14:28 PM PST
Glad to see some legislators exhibiting independence - may there be many more.
posted on 01/09/2010 8:05:27 PM PST
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