May 22, 2009

AS NICE AS IT IS TO SEE THE RIGHT RALLY BEHIND AN OPEN BORDERS CANDIDATE...:

Conservatives Bash Cornyn, Threaten to Withhold Donations to GOP (Jonathan Allen and Bart Jansen, 5/22/09, CQ)

As soon as Gov. Charlie Crist made the long-anticipated announcement that he would run, John Cornyn , chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, gave Crist a quick and hearty endorsement, even though another Republican, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, wants the job.

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

A Web site known as “Not One Red Cent” — and connected to popular Republican activists Erick Erickson and John Hawkins — is encouraging conservatives to withhold their money from the NRSC and call for Cornyn’s resignation. Rubio, 37, has become the site’s cause célèbre.

“The leadership of the Republican Party keeps saying we need to get back to our principles and talking about how important it is to attract more young voters and Hispanic Americans. Then, we get a viable, young, conservative, Hispanic candidate running for Senate and they arrogantly try to shove him aside to make way for a better connected, moderate pol who’s more acceptable to the GOP establishment,” Hawkins said in a statement released Thursday.

“This cuts to the core of what’s wrong with today’s Republican Party.” [...]

Cornyn defended his decision to get behind Crist as a practical move that will benefit the party’s efforts in the Senate and across the country.

“It’s because he can win,” he said of Crist. “Money we don’t have to spend in Florida could pull somebody over the finish line and can be used to help Republicans in other parts of the country. For me, the most important imperative for Republicans now in the Senate is to improve our numbers so we can be an effective check on single-party government.”


...Senator Martinez wouldn't even be retiring if they (including Friend Hawkins) hadn't hounded him over the issue. Meanwhile, Mr. Rubio could be an excellent candidate once he runs and wins a couple statewide races.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 22, 2009 10:00 AM
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