Skip to comments.GOP's Santorum draws tea party ire in Kansas
Posted on 03/09/2012 11:00:45 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum hoped to lock down a victory in Kansas' GOP caucuses with two rallies Friday but faced grumbling from tea party activists for skipping their big rally in the state's largest city.................
Some tea party members were frustrated that Santorum wouldn't attend their rally. They spent $25,000 to rent the Century II arena in downtown Topeka and expected 1,000 to 3,000 people to attend.
"It seems like it is counterproductive to show up for an event that is going to have 300 people in an airplane hangar instead (of) 3,000 people in a nice setting where you can actually contact and really maybe sway somebody," said Craig Gabel, the president of Kansas For Liberty, which organized the Wichita event.
Gabel said Santorum skipping the gathering was a sign of tension between tea party members and Kansas GOP officials. He suggested the GOP had discouraged Santorum from attending. Santorum state coordinator Greg Cromer said it was a scheduling issue, and that tea party leaders were informed early..........................
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Hmmmm, more of Santorum being a “team player”?
The more I see and hear of this guy, the oilier he becomes to me.
I don’t like any of the present GOP nominees—but of the bunch, I could more happily vote for Gingrich than the rest.
I sure hope this doesn’t turn out to be another “hold youor nose and vote” election for me.
There’s not a decent conservative in the whole bunch—and while Gingrich is right on a lot of things, he’s sure been known to go off the reservation from time to time, too.
Santorum is an establishment politician.
Tea Party is anti-establishment.
Do the math.
You should have double checked Cromer. The mess up is still on you and Ricky. Disorganized Rick strikes again.
I don’t get what the criticism of Santorum is here.
Somebody threw an event and wanted Santorum to appear and he chose not to.
Who are these people that they are entitled to demand Santorum’s presence at their event?
Why is it a “mess up”?
Santorum went where he chose.
Who has a right to tell him where to go?
Twenty Four hours in a day is an inconvenience, as is travel time. God only is Omnipresent.
There is no profit in insulting either Santorum or Newt, because if we are to beat Romney, one of them must be the candidate, so how on earth will we be able to take back all the insults. Only democrats get away with that.
True. People are scraping the bottom of the barrel for trash.
Sure Ricky can go where he pleases.
However, the bottom line is to get people to vote for him, and his actions here are counter productive to his campaign. Making prime voters mad is not a way to run a campaign.
Rick the RINO rises to the call of the RINOs of KANSAS!
Rick will go Romney in the end. Always has and always will go with the Establishment.
“Who are these people”
They are the revolution. They are the people that truly want to roll government back, and expand freedom. I frankly don’t blame Rick for not attending. He doesn’t share their goals.
Spot on! Even Newt’s off the reservation ventures may have been done with alterior motives. The Global Warming thing with Pelosi is one. Gingrich’s opposition to global warming legislation took place after the Nancy Pelosi commercial promoting it.
” ...and while Gingrich is right on a lot of things, hes sure been known to go off the reservation from time to time, too. “
I know. I can’t think of a single time when Jesus, Our Lord was running either .
If you want to continue sniffing around in personalities and ignoring real records of these candidates, may I give some advice?
Just vote for the guy who led the Republican Revolution and brought the party to a historic majority, after 40 years in the desert, who has the record and scars to prove it and then shut up with the picking of the nits vigil in which you seem so carelessly engaged.
While he's done a couple Tea Party rallies in AZ, NV and OH, he's been described as having a history of antagonistic remarks regarding the movement.
I don't know the Kansas group but I'd like to know whether Santorum's trying to avoid something here.
Is this really the best you can do in your continuing campaign to trash Santorum?
Uh.... C’s Wife didn’t trash anyone. She only posted the article. ...........Take a breather.
“...but faced grumbling from tea party activists for skipping their big rally in the state’s largest city.................
They spent $25,000 to rent the Century II arena in downtown Topeka and expected 1,000 to 3,000 people to attend.”
I live in Topeka; and, I have never heard of the Century II Arena, which it turns out is in Wichita. And, Topeka is not the largest city in the state...once again its Wichita.
If the media gets it wrong on the small details, think about all the big stuff that they miss. Every time I have seen a news article, where I was involved, or had immediate knowledge of the story, the media has screwed up something - names, titles, places. Every single time.
BTW, Google has already corrected the story.
“I’ve been asked to attend a Tea Party rally. What should I do?”
“Take one for the team.”
*The above conversation may or may not have occurred. I’m guessing it did.
My vote is for Santorum. The state has no other candidate left to vote for. Ron Paul is a loser. Newt Gingrich pulled out. And Myth is unelectable. You do the math and see why I will wholeheartedly support Rick Santorum.
You again miss the point, don’t you?
This is Rick’s MO.
If the Establishment calls him “frog”, he has always jumped on que.
He did it again here and will always do it again. Always has and always will.
This is just one more example. He trades away the work and $25,000 cash coughted up to yield an expected 3000, for a plane hangar and 300.
Why? Because the party told him to. LOL!!
Now the real yield becomes another LEAD HOLE in SHOT FOOT, dutifully taken for the Establishment.
I guess if they asked him, he agreed, they book a hall that holds 3000 people, and then he decides not to show, after people put out their time and MONEY for him, the lack of character just kinda shines on through
“He chose... poorly.”
“I could more happily vote for Gingrich than the rest.”
Same here. SO NEWT GO!
What's next the Reverend Ricky coming out with a new theme phrase; “Going Rogue!” or “You Betcha!”?
It’s Santorum or Bust. Gingrich might be over if he can’t win Alabama or Mississippi. As of now, he is a non factor, here in Kansas. Factas are thought to swallow but it is a fact.
That explains it. It’s Wichita and not Topeka, is all you have to clarify?
How does that change the story that Rick shoots foot off to line up with the Establishment RINOS.
Every. Single. Time.
Rick goes Romney in the end. Watch.
Where’s Newt??? Oh that’s right skipping another state he would have gotten creamed in. So he says, well I will just stay out of it so my forth placement won’t look so genuine. If Newt loses this nomination, it will be because he skipped most of the primaries/caucuses.
Scraping the bottom of the barrel? NO. That's his record on judges.
In opposition to the wild spending Bush White House, Santorum proposed and voted for over a half-billion dollars extra for Amtrak over and above the $900 million budget. So proud as a "fiscal conservative" as Santorum he cut a campaign TV ad touting this Amtrak giveaway.
Scraping the bottom of the barrel? NO. That's his record on funding.
As the number three Republican in the Senate, Santorum spearheaded "The K Street Project" with then House Majority Leader, now felon, Tom DeLay. The project grew ties between the GOP, lobbyists and lobbying firms. This is part of the swamp the Tea Party wants to drain.
Scraping the bottom of the barrel? NO. That's his record on institutionalizing crony capitalism.
With his record, is it a surprise he'd be circumspect about Tea Party organizations where his protective smoke screen of moralizing social policy is less relevant to the crowd's core issues?
Santorum is more Blue Dog or even Bush-lite "compassionate" than "constitutional" conservative.
Newt needed to marshal his resources.
The GOP is no longer your grandmother’s GOP, cw. How often I have said that the Establishment owns both parties, and they like direction the country is being taken..,..straight toward The New World Order, clocking 200 miles per hour! That Santorum listened to them rather than honoring the conservatives in the Tea Party may well have been his death knell in this campaign. Pretty sad, for he has been saying all the right things, and has shown the aggressiveness needed to win. But one way or another, no conservative will be the nominee in 2012 anymore than he was in 2008! Dear God have mercy upon us! .....if only Duncan L. Hunter or Herman Cain......
See Post #37.
It’s really out in the open.
2010 was the GOP-e worst nightmare. They are determined not to let anymore up-starts into their club — not knowing their place and mouthing off about rolling back the size of government.
Newt scares the hell out of them.
This is going all the way to Tampa and we’ll have it out there.
It is a pattern, do you really think this post was to uplift Santorum? There is a small group of trash talkers here, and she joins them regularly.
I just don't see that trashing either Newt or Rick as a good thing.
At least we don't have to talk about every MSM including Foux news, is repeating 0's claim that his energy plan favors all of the above without one talking head noting all the things he has done to prevent that very thing. Who cares about that when we have some insult to post about Little Ricky the Saint?
He does talk a lot and knows what you want to hear......And as far as the “aggressiveness to win”? Would you mean that his failure to properly plan and organize his entire campaign, or get on the ballot, or qualify for legal delegates, are included in your criteria for “aggressiveness to win?
You are full of crap, but if it were “Santorum or Bust”, I’d choose bust.
Here is a “fact” for you..... I will not vote for that loon, Santorum.
O. M. G.!!!!
Check out PSYCHO-FREEP at 40 above your post!!
HAVE YOUR FORWARDED THIS TO THE NEWT CAMPAIGN!!??????
It is too rich for words!
Let me see, where is that pesky photo of Newt and Romney.....Oh wait! There aren’t any!
Who's to blame for Santorum's failures? Oh right, it's Newt's fault or Romney dirty tricks. In 2006, it was Bush's fault.
Besides being a lawyer-politician, his personality's like Obama's in so many ways: the petulance, moralizing, lecturing, anger, the mocking tone, gross exaggeration of his role, excessive credit taking and, of course, nothing's his fault.