Skip to comments.DeMint expands clout all the way to Utah--Lee win another feather in cap
Posted on 06/23/2010 7:48:53 PM PDT by jazusamo
South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint has bet on the right horse in an impressive string of Senate primary contests this year - including Mike Lee's win this week in Utah - but the freshman Republican's biggest challenge will likely be how he and his band of conservative outsiders fit into the GOP establishment.
Mr. Lee's win Tuesday over businessman Tim Bridgewater in the Senate primary runoff marks the fourth time a DeMint-favored candidate has defeated a candidate clearly favored by party leaders.
Other Senate candidates who benefited from Mr. DeMint's early endorsement and campaign cash include Marco Rubio in Florida, Rand Paul in Kentucky and Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania. Mr. DeMint has also been quick to embrace new Nevada Senate nominee Sharron Angle after her upset win in the GOP primary earlier this month.
There's an outside chance all five will be joining Mr. DeMint when the new Senate convenes in January.
Such brashness may indeed rankle top party officials, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who backed state Secretary Trey Grayson over Mr. Paul in the Kentucky primary. But the winning streak has led GOP leaders to embrace Mr. DeMint's allies for the general election campaign to come.
Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, congratulated Mr. Lee on his victory and expressed confidence in his ability to retain the seat now held by Sen. Robert F. Bennett - the moderate Republican ousted at a party convention.
"Mike is a strong conservative leader who reflects his state's values," said Mr. Cornyn, Texas Republican. "He understands that we must rein in the Democrats' out-of-control spending agenda to get our nation's economy back on track."
Mr. DeMint's rising profile even became an issue in the Utah race, with Mr. Bridgewater's campaign sending out a mailing attacking Mr. DeMint's...
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“how he and his band of conservative outsiders fit into the GOP establishment.”
That is what the Tea Party movement is all about. Getting good Conservative candidates and getting rid of the good old boy network in the GOP. No more RINOS and business as usual. The people are taking control of the GOP.
Good, if elected, Mr. Lee can cancel out the liberal votes of Orrin G. Hatch, and Mr. DeMint can do the same with Lovable Lindsey of SC.
Too bad he couldn’t overcome the RINO endorsements in CA and get DeVore over the hump.
Couldn’t agree more, FRiend. DeVore was by far the best candidate.
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Jim is running for reelection this November. If you like his philosophy, consider tossing him some bucks.
If this keeps up for a few years it’s going to be Senate Majority leader DeMint!
Hopefully, as early as the seating of the new Senate in January, 2011.