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After gains, Cornyn likely to stay on as head of NRSC
The Hill ^ | 11/7/2010 | Alexander Bolton

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 won’t 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 Cornyn’s 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 Cornyn’s work.

Hutchison told The Houston Chronicle that Cornyn did a “tremendous job.”

Former Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) has even floated Cornyn’s 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. “He’s 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 O’Donnell. 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.

Cornyn’s 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 year’s 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 they’re 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.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: backstabbercornyn; backstabbernrsc; backstabberromney; backstabberrove; cornyn; establishment; johncornyn; nrsc

1 posted on 11/09/2010 3:42:48 PM PST by Qbert
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To: Qbert
Some conservatives, however, have criticized Cornyn for not doing more to help Tea Party-favored candidates such as Christine O’Donnell.

That's at least comprehensible. There was NO reason to not help Ken Buck or Joe Miller.
2 posted on 11/09/2010 3:47:33 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: Qbert

Republicans didn’t win because of him, they won in spite of him.


3 posted on 11/09/2010 3:48:06 PM PST by Kenny
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To: Qbert
If Cornyn stays, support for the GOP should stop. Cornyn is the farthest left of any GOP Senator. As soon as the Senate is out of session, he runs to the Huffington Post to do an interview. This are his people. He think the healthcare bill is good, except for some cosmetic changes. His top Senate candidates in 2010 were: Arlen Specter, Charlie Crist, and Lisa Murkowski.
4 posted on 11/09/2010 3:49:54 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Qbert
This is a clear indication the GOP has NO intention of doing anything about Obamacare.
5 posted on 11/09/2010 3:51:15 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Qbert

Texas needs to be grooming a good candidate to defeat this RINO.


6 posted on 11/09/2010 3:51:52 PM PST by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: Qbert

We have a lot of work to do. This is not good news.


7 posted on 11/09/2010 3:56:31 PM PST by GoCards ("We eat therefore we hunt...")
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To: Qbert

Too many career republicans and Cornyn’s dislike of the tea party is going to keep him in his position.


8 posted on 11/09/2010 4:01:52 PM PST by taxesareforever (Release Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich and let him and his family get on with their lives.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

I am bitter about Buck most of all. Miller too. No excuse for either loss.


9 posted on 11/09/2010 4:03:03 PM PST by Clump (the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: Qbert
Cornyn and the NRSC will not get one penny from me until they change their tune. Just as sick of many of these Republican Senators as their Dem colleagues.
10 posted on 11/09/2010 4:05:17 PM PST by CdMGuy
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To: GoCards

“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.


11 posted on 11/09/2010 4:07:59 PM PST by Qbert
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As a Texan, I can say without hesitation that Cornball is an abomination. This guy is about as conservative as an alley cat.

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!

12 posted on 11/09/2010 4:09:07 PM PST by Jane Long (2 Chron 7:14)
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To: Qbert

Congratulations Conservatives!!

NOTHING CHANGED!!!!!!!!

The Party of Stupid is BACK!!!


13 posted on 11/09/2010 4:12:22 PM PST by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: Jane Long
"Michael Williams is a great conservative Texan who'd make a great replacement for Cornball." Yep!
14 posted on 11/09/2010 4:13:47 PM PST by Qbert
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To: Qbert; Fiddlstix; Al B.; Allegra; MeekOneGOP; TitansAFC; penelopesire; Virginia Ridgerunner; ...
Former Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) has even floated Cornyn’s name as a promising presidential candidate in 2012.

ROTFLMAO!


15 posted on 11/09/2010 4:19:12 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Qbert

Texas has two senators that need to be
Teapartied...


16 posted on 11/09/2010 4:21:27 PM PST by CenTex (My ammunition pile is growing... Hand loading is helping...)
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To: onyx

17 posted on 11/09/2010 4:30:20 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Jane Long

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.


18 posted on 11/09/2010 4:30:45 PM PST by Padams
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To: onyx

Now thats the kiss of death; an endorsement from Mel Martinez.


19 posted on 11/09/2010 4:32:44 PM PST by Clyde5445 (Gov. Sarah Palin: :"You have to sacrifice to win. That's my philosophy in 6 words.")
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To: CenTex

Spot On! Well Said!


20 posted on 11/09/2010 4:36:35 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

LOLOLOLOLOL


21 posted on 11/09/2010 4:40:02 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx

LOL

He’d be outpolled in his own state by Ron Paul, of all people.......

This one truly made me laugh out loud!


22 posted on 11/09/2010 4:51:33 PM PST by TitansAFC ("Mike Pence's Amnesty plan is the '86 Amnesty with a trip home tacked on." - The Heritage Foundation)
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To: Kenny

No money for a Cornyn led Committee. He is a treacherous RINO that Texas needs to purge.


23 posted on 11/09/2010 5:16:55 PM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: Dr. Sivana
There was NO reason to not help Ken Buck or Joe Miller.

No there wasn't - hence why significant amounts of resources were devoted to helping both candidates by the NRSC.

24 posted on 11/09/2010 5:46:11 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Qbert
Earlier this year, Cornyn took flack from Tea Party conservatives for supporting more centrist candidates in GOP primaries in Colorado, Delaware, Florida and Kentucky.

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?

25 posted on 11/10/2010 6:08:33 AM PST by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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