Skip to comments.Tea Party Express takes sides in Utah battle (Primary 6-22-Mike Lee U.S. Senate)
Posted on 06/17/2010 9:34:35 AM PDT by Syncro
Tea Party Express takes sides in Utah battle
(CNN) With one week to go until Utah's primary, one of the two Republican Senate candidates in the race is getting a major endorsement.
The national Tea Party organization Tea Party Express Tuesday backed Mike Lee in the battle to succeed fellow Republican Bob Bennett.
The move comes four days after Bennett endorsed Tim Bridgewater, the other candidate in the contest.
Bridgewater and Lee finished first and second last month at the Utah Republican party convention, advancing to the June 22 primary. Bridgewater and Lee touted themselves as more reliable conservatives than Bennett, who finished third in the voting by delegates, eliminating him from advancing to the primary and ending his chances of re-election for a fourth term in the Senate. Bennett became the first sitting senator to go down to defeat in a primary season marked by a strong anti-incumbent sentiment.
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The primary election is next Tuesday, just a few days away.
The Tea Party Express is standing strong behind Mike Lee - the candidate endorsed by Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservative Fund, Conservative Radio Host Mark Levin, Congressman Ron Paul and many others.
The Tea Party Express has joined FreedomWorks and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and endorsed attorney Mike Lee in the race for Sen. Bob Bennett's (R-Utah) open seat. That pits both groups against Bennett, who, after publicly mulling over then passing on a write-in in bid, endorsed businessman Tim Bridgewater, the winner of the state convention.
There's almost no daylight between Lee and Bridgewater on the issues -- the campaign in the state has been defined, occasionally, by mudslinging over tactics instead of tests of ideology. But tea party activists like Lee because he's younger, has experience as a lawyer working on constitutional issues, and hasn't run for office before. Bridgewater, a twice-unsuccessful candidate for other offices, has locked up more local establishment support.
Last week we celebrated a great victory by helping Conservative Republican tea party activist, Sharron Angle, win the GOP Primary to take on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid...
This is going to be an interesting contest with nationwide implications since Utah is such a reliably conservative state. Any issue to issue or other comparisons on Bridgewater vs. Lee out there?