Skip to comments.Tea party, others focus on Kentucky after Utah
Posted on 05/09/2010 1:45:00 PM PDT by FTJM
After toppling three-term Republican Sen. Robert F. Bennett in Utah, tea party activists and other conservative critics shifted their sights Sunday to a mid-May primary in Kentucky, their next big challenge to a political establishment they have vowed to upend.
Bennett, 76, left the door open to a write-in campaign after losing his bid for renomination, raising the possibility of an unpredictable three-way race that could yet extend his career.
But within minutes of Bennett's defeat, the chairman of the Republican senatorial campaign committee, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, announced the organization will support the winner of a June 22 primary between businessman Tim Bridgewater and attorney Mike Lee.
Republicans are heavily favored to hold the seat in the fall in a state that hasn't elected a Democratic senator in more than three decades.
In his home state, Republicans said Bennett's defeat raised questions about the political future of Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, also a conservative, who may face a challenge from GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz in 2012.
Hatch has worked to protect his conservative flank carefully in the past year. His opposition to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the first time in a career of more than 30 years that he voted against a high-court nominee, and he pulled out of last year's bipartisan talks on health care legislation shortly after they began.
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People ain’t fooling around anymore.
The House and the Senate are soon to get an extreme makeover.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Oh, yeah that guy who gave us Buzzie and that other nut job on the Supreme Court.
A president has the right to his choice of appointments.(Did you share that with Dingy Harry?)
But it looks like KY is going to get a nut job for their next senator.