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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Hey, could you do that in PLEDGED delegates?
You know, that graph thingy you did?
Do that one. The one on the PLEDGED delegates. I wanna see that one.
The one that actually does the nominatin’. That one.
All this nonsense makes me think Perry shouldn't have dropped out before the southern primaries.
Thanks for the correction. Me too.
But, he is being tactical as opposed to Chief Light Feather, who is appearing everywhere to noise about saying nothing while having muffed nearly as many delegates as he has gained.
Hillary in a vest.
BREAKING NEWS: In an all out effort to change the narrative away from his failing campaign, Santorum is premiering a new sweater.
Yes. A lot of ups and downs. I wish people would just stick to one Conservative candidate over Romney. Instead right now we have seen in the past 3 months Santorum and Gingrich go up and down.
If still in doubt simply google “Rick Santorum big government”. That should keep you tied up for a few days.
DELIGHTFUL! Loved it, needed the LOL too. Thanks!
Hard Totals/ Soft Totals Explained.
They asked him to go. He said no. They expressed their concern he didn’t go. Perfectly reasonable.
Groups like Kansas for Liberty are in the trenches fighting everyday. They expected up to 3000 people to attend. Rick chose to attend a function with 300 insiders instead. Speaks volumes about his priorities.
Thanks for the insight.
“Here is a fact for you..... I will not vote for that loon, Santorum.”
And that is the general opinion of quite a few just average Americans. They think he is nutty and will never vote for him.
Now I agree with you about Newt's strategy. But, let's look at how intellectually dishonest it is to count "states" as if they are the same. How can you equate Minnesota's tiny caucus to SC's record turn out primary?
Yes, I know, FAUX news has pretended to believe that and RS has a lot of supporters who have bought it, but I believe you have enough of a math related background to know how specious this "state" argument is. And don't even go to "electoral" math having anything to do with caucus math.
>> He suggested the GOP had discouraged Santorum from attending.
Hearsay, but it wouldn’t surprise me if true.
Santorum is an establishment bit player. He is regrettably center on critical issues and has the voting record to prove it. He’ll likely support SOPA type initiatives, and other legislation that further crimps Liberty.
I like Rick, he’s a good man, but not a Liberty leader.
I hope not. But, I fear so.
A tea party that spends $25,000 to give a conservative a forum to speak and woo the common people he is looking to draw is not just “somebody.” It is a crucial constituent that he should do everything possible (and impossible) not to disappoint.
He’s my man. But, it’s a mistake. He needs all the support he can get, and these people want to give it to him.
Given his fidelity to the Party, and the suspicion that the Party—which is inexplicably biting the hand that fed it—wanted him to decline, it looks especially bad.
I hate politics. Rick is a good man. I wonder who has his ear besides God.
No, he’s not a RINO. He’s so far right that he’s left.
He’s so consistent that he lines up with the Left on everything but the size of federal government.
They’ll nod yeah on his overseas and social initiatives to de-federalize the few things they haven’t won, and then spend the savings on bigger government.
Just my fear.