Skip to comments.After gains, Cornyn likely to stay on as head of NRSC
Posted on 11/09/2010 3:42:42 PM PST by Qbert
Sen. John Cornyn is likely to sign up for another election cycle as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, say GOP sources.
Cornyn has won plaudits from colleagues for his fundraising and the gain of six Republican Senate seats on Election Day.
NRSC spokesman said Cornyn wont make a final decision for another few days, but Senate GOP aides widely expect him to take the helm in 2012. Aides say he wants to help Republicans win control of the Senate, a realistic prospect in an election cycle when 21 Democrats and two independents allied with the Democrats face reelection.
He's considering it but is taking a few days with his family and will be talking to his colleagues in the days ahead, said Brian Walsh, NRSC spokesman.
Under Cornyns leadership, the committee raised about $93 million between the beginning of last year and mid-October. The committee raised $78.2 million during a similar span in the 2008 election cycle and $77.9 in the 2006 cycle.
The committee raised $14.2 million in October, the best fundraising month for the committee since the passage of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance act.
Cornyn closed the fundraising gap with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which outraised the NRSC by about $70 million in 2008.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), who is facing reelection in 2012, has praised Cornyns work.
Hutchison told The Houston Chronicle that Cornyn did a tremendous job.
Former Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) has even floated Cornyns name as a promising presidential candidate in 2012.
Cornyn has been NRSC chairman and has done a very effective job with it, Martinez told The Hill in a telephone interview last month. Hes raised a lot of money and made contacts throughout the country.
Some conservatives, however, have criticized Cornyn for not doing more to help Tea Party-favored candidates such as Christine ODonnell. They have questioned the failure to pick up more seats, especially the one held by Sen. Michael Bennet (D) in Colorado.
Some critics have also questioned his decision to pour $8 million into California, a staunchly liberal state, in an effort to defeat Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).
Marc A. Thiessen, a visiting fellow with the American Enterprise Institute, called the move a gamble in a recent Washington Post op-ed.
This gamble comes at a cost, Thiessen wrote. The NRSC's $8 million investment in California dwarfs its spending in any other state.
Thiessen noted that, by the time the election is over, the committee estimates it will have spent roughly $6 million in Colorado, $5.5 million in Pennsylvania, $5 million in Illinois, $5 million in Washington State, $3.2 million in West Virginia, $2.5 million in Kentucky, $2 million in Nevada, and $1 million in Alaska.
Earlier this year, Cornyn took flack from Tea Party conservatives for supporting more centrist candidates in GOP primaries in Colorado, Delaware, Florida and Kentucky.
The Tea Party-backed candidates who won the nomination went on to triumph in the general election in Florida and Kentucky but fell short in Colorado and Delaware.
Cornyns allies like to point out that Republicans were expected to lose seats in the 2010 cycle when he took over the committee after the 2008 election.
Cornyn downplayed the chances of Republicans winning control of the Senate this year, managing expectations while the GOP was poised for a huge gain of House seats.
He told colleagues during a fall meeting at the NRSC headquarters on 2nd Street, NE, that 2010 would be a steppingstone to the next cycle, when they would have better odds of capturing the majority.
Many of this years Senate campaigns were fought on territory friendly to Democrats. Obama won 12 of the 16 Senate battleground states.
Cornyn could take full credit for restoring Senate Republicans to majority power if he serves as NRSC chairman for two more years.
The expectation that Cornyn will continue in his post for another two years gives Senate Republicans valuable stability at the NRSC. It also gives them a helpful degree of certainty.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is struggling to find a colleague to head the DSCC.
Many Democrats elected in 2008 have withdrawn their names from consideration. Sens. Mark Warner (Va.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Mark Udall (Colo.), Tom Udall (N.M.) and Jeff Merkley (Ore.) have said theyre not interested in the job.
There has been a growing drumbeat among Democrats for Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who chaired the committee in the 2006 and 2008 cycles, to take the job again. Schumer resisted the idea when it was floated before the election by he has not commented on the prospect since Nov. 2.
Republicans didn’t win because of him, they won in spite of him.
Texas needs to be grooming a good candidate to defeat this RINO.
We have a lot of work to do. This is not good news.
Too many career republicans and Cornyn’s dislike of the tea party is going to keep him in his position.
I am bitter about Buck most of all. Miller too. No excuse for either loss.
“We have a lot of work to do. This is not good news.”
I honestly question whether the GOP will be able to gain the majority in 2012 with him at the helm (even with all the Dems facing re-election). He is not a leader.
He needs to go.
Between Jan. 09 and Nov. 10 the NRSC raised $14.2M. I'm curious as to just where this $$ came from. Everyone I know has completely stopped donating to the NRSC and the RNC.
Michael Williams is a great conservative Texan who'd make a great replacement for Cornball.
Hutch and all the usual RINO suspects are coming to Cornball's defense. I find it reprehensible that they've (conservative senators) even allowed Cornball to be a co-signer of the new anti-earmark legislation (which DeMint's also on).
Cornball must be stopped. There are much better choices, Texas. Full speed ahead, Tea Party!
The Party of Stupid is BACK!!!
Texas has two senators that need to be
I heard Michael Williams speak last year at a conference. He was excellent. (And of course, no teleprompter)
As for Cornyn, the GOP needs to eliminate the leadership by seniority (”it’s my turn”) philosophy.
Now thats the kiss of death; an endorsement from Mel Martinez.
Spot On! Well Said!
He’d be outpolled in his own state by Ron Paul, of all people.......
This one truly made me laugh out loud!
No money for a Cornyn led Committee. He is a treacherous RINO that Texas needs to purge.
No there wasn't - hence why significant amounts of resources were devoted to helping both candidates by the NRSC.
This sentence shows the whole problem with Cornyn and the RNSC. They have absolutely no business getting involved in state primary elections. Their job is to support the candidates that WE choose....not the other way around. He is definately out of step with the soul of the Republican Party.
His track record also includes support for Arlen Specter and Lincoln Chafee. I wonder just how many conservative dollars went to support those two liberal turncoats?