Posts Tagged ‘NRSC’

Editorial: Kansas Congressmen Moran and Tiahrt on NRSC’s involvement in Crist vs. Rubio, the Florida race that many view as a battle over the future of the Republican Party

Monday, July 20th, 2009

On July 7th, we wrote:

Gov. Crist is talking about “less taxes, less government, and more freedom,” but his actions have not demonstrated much passion for those principles.  In early 2009, he energetically campaigned with Obama for the ineffective, wasteful “stimulus” that received no Republican votes in the US House, and only 3 Republican votes in the US Senate (with one of those “Republicans” being now-Democrat Arlen Specter of Pennyslvania).

In late May 2009, Crist broke a no-new-tax pledge that he had made in 2006, prior to becoming governor…

The Crist endorsement is not the only sign of disconnect within the NRSC.  Cornyn failed to predict Arlen Specter’s April 28 defection to the Democratic party.  Former conservative Congressman Pat Toomey had announced a challenge to Specter in the 2010 GOP Senate primary.  In early-to-mid April, Cornyn said, “”My job as head of the NRSC is to guide the GOP back to a majority in the Senate. I can’t do that without Arlen Specter.”  Just weeks later, Specter was a Democrat, and Cornyn was writing a $5,000 check to Toomey’s campaign.

And even after Specter had left the Republican party, long-time Utah Senator and NRSC Vice Chairman Orrin Hatch (also apparently unaware of Specter’s intentions to switch parties) was still talking down Toomey’s chances of winning the general election.

On the Fourth of July, Sen. John Cornyn, who supported the TARP bank bailout program, returned to Texas’ Capital City of Austin for a tea party, and was “was booed at the start and close of his remarks.”

“You’re the problem,” someone yelled…

It’s almost certain that the winner of the 2010 Republican Senate primary between Congressman Jerry Moran and Congressman Todd Tiahrt will then go on to win the general election.  In 2011, one of them will be voting on the leadership at the NRSC.

This week, we will forward this editorial to the respective campaigns of Moran and Tiahrt, and ask them what their feelings are with regard to the current performance of the NRSC under John Cornyn.  In particular:  should the NRSC remain neutral in the Florida primary race between Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio?

The responses:

Moran for Senate campaign:  We spoke on the phone with Jerry Moran’s campaign manager Aaron Trost, who said that First District Congressman Moran will not be getting involved in issues or campaigns that aren’t directly related to his Senate campaign.  For another example of Moran remaining neutral, Trost said that Moran has not yet endorsed (and we presume he won’t endorse) in the very competitive Republican primary race in the First District.

Tiahrt for Senate campaign:  Not only is Tiahrt not commenting, but the Tiahrt campaign, so far, is not returning any attempts at communication.  After two Emails to a Tiahrt field director — one on July 4 and another on July 7 — and one phone message with a live answerer at Tiahrt’s Wichita campaign location last Thursday, July 16, we’ve heard nothing back from Tiahrt.


Editorial: Do Congressmen Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt support John Cornyn’s effort to elect Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009


In the state of Florida, there is a national battle over the future of the Republican party.

Yesterday, The Washington Times wrote this about the primary race between Florida Governor Charlie Crist and former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio:  “Florida a bellwether for rebranding.”

The Florida seat is an open one, with no incumbent.  Current Sen. Mel Martinez is retiring.  While Crist would like to pretend to be the incumbent, he is not.

In the Florida primary, it’s all about spending and taxing, issues that are not typically considered to be “controversial” issues with the Republican party of the past 25 years.  But, since about 1998, DC Republicans have gradually lost their way, so much so that party elites now consider higher taxes and wasteful spending to be mainstream; reformers are considered to be “too conservative.” Governor Crist represents the modern party only in the sense that modern party leaders are out of touch with the voters and have led Republicans into an unnecessarily small minority status in Washington. (more…)

CQ Politics on Erick Erickson’s Redstate: Conservatives Bash Cornyn, Threaten to Withhold Donations to NRSC, GOP

Thursday, May 28th, 2009


For Cornyn, the calculus was simple math: Crist is a proven statewide vote-getter who can raise money on his own.

Since the endorsement, Cornyn has touted polling showing the better-known Crist with a 53 percent to 18 percent lead and said he would decide “on a case-by-case basis” which Senate primary contests to get involved in. (more…)

Hodge at Race42012: The first Democratic ad against a Republican nominee Charlie Crist

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Benjamin Hodge at

Remember how a good number of Americans were/are convinced that Barack Obama would be a more fiscally-responsible president, and a lower-taxing president, than John McCain?

If Democrats appear to the right of Republicans on basic GOP issues (national defense, taxes, the courts), Republicans don’t have a chance.  And you can bet that Gov. Charlie Crist just peeled off at least 2-3% from his margin of victory in a general election, by doing two things for which he will be attacked by the Democratic Party:  raising taxes and going against his no-new-tax pledge.

If there are details or intracacies here that I’m missing, please let me know.  From what I understand at this moment, this is not a difficult situation that Crist is in, with regard to whether or not he should sign or veto the tax increase.  This was not good policy, nor was it a good political move; if Crist is expecting Democrats to reward him for his pragmatism, then he will be disappointed.

Erickson note on NRSC-Toomey

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Erickson to conservatives in PA:

There is a big call that will happen tonight among Pennsylvania Republican Party Executive Committee members. I’m hearing there will probably be over 100 people involved.

If you know your local party chair, I encourage you to call that person and tell them to get behind Pat Toomey.

The Politico is running a story today that suggests the PAGOP establishment and the NRSC are trying to get Jim Gerlach to run against Toomey (Ridge is not interested in running). Gerlach could hurt Toomey in the primary, but he cannot win the primary.

Call your Pennsylvania GOP representatives and demand they unite behind Toomey.