Skip to comments.Conservative groups attack Lankford, back Bridenstine to replace Coburn
Posted on 01/20/2014 2:27:19 PM PST by cotton1706
The field to replace retiring Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn is only beginning to take shape, but some conservative groups are already backing Rep. Jim Bridenstine, who has yet to announce his intentions, and have come out swinging against announced candidate Rep. James Lankford.
Coburn announced last week that he would cut his Senate term short. He is currently battling a recurrence of cancer. Lankford announced he would run for the seat on Monday; Bridenstine has not yet announced a decision.
Senate Conservatives Fund endorsed Bridenstine for re-election to the House last year, calling him the real deal, and saying that he would be a top choice for Senate when Coburn retired in 2016. Now that Coburns retirement has been moved up, SCF said they would endorse Bridenstine for Senate this year, if he got in the race, in an email this weekend to supporters.
Lankford, on the other hand, would under no circumstances earn their support.
We wont support Congressman Lankfords bid for the Senate because of his past votes to increase the debt limit, raise taxes, and fund Obamacare, Senate Conservatives Fund executive director Matt Hoskins said in a statement Monday. We have reviewed his record and its clear that conservatives cannot count on him to fight for their principles.
The Club for Growth was similarly unenthusiastic about Lankfords record.
We do not know who will run for Senator Coburns seat, but we do know that Senator Coburn has an outstanding 96 percent lifetime score on the Club for Growths congressional scorecard and is a champion of economic freedom. On the other hand, Congressman Lankford has a lifetime 78%, which is obviously substantially different from a score in the 90s. Wed love to be able to support a candidate that would mirror Senator Coburns pro-taxpayer record,
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The Madison Project, another conservative group, also said they would back Bridenstine if he ran, but trashed Lankford, calling him another mediocre Republican and attacking his votes for the Ryan-Murray Budget plan, and his position on immigration.
Hard to sell a candidate to the masses whose names looks like “Bride of Frankenstein”. Just sayin’.
I hope Bridenstine jumps in.
I will vote for Bridenstine every time he runs for anything.
Hold up, when is this election taking place?
He only has to win Oklahoma, and they’re not bothered by that. He defeated a 6 term rep in the primary by 8 points. Not because he’s a great campaigner, but because he’s what Oklahoma want. He’ll win easily.
Hard to sell a candidate to the masses whose names looks like Bride of Frankenstein. Just sayin.
Dude, you’re telegraphing your age—most folks in Oklahoma won’t remember that 1935 movie. I know it well because I’ve a big “horror” movie fan and have likely seen all such classics.
With the general election in November.
Bridenstine has actually served in the military. How unusual for a GOP candidate.
I hope Bridenstine jumps in.
I do also. I don’t know if it will help, but I just made a small donation to his campaign via the Senate Conservatives Fund (link below). It didn’t allow a message to also be included, but if I could have I would have added encouragement for him to run for Senate. I’m thinking he will run. I’d encourage anyone who can contribute now to do so.
Why do you say that? It is easy to remember.
He is my rep, and I would vote for him. I would just like to know who will step up to take his place in the House...
He’ll jump in for sure. I was thinking we’d have to wait to see Senator Bridenstine. Yet another constitutional conservative we can send to the senate!
“Hold up, when is this election taking place?”
Well, I assume there will be a primary. But the general election to complete Coburn’s term is November, along with all the others.
FROM THE ARTICLE:
The special election to replace Coburn will be held on the same day as the November midterm elections this year, a favorable arrangement for the Oklahoma Senator, who has fought throughout his tenure
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