Saturday, May 23, 2009

Will Texas Fight?

(BUMPED AND UPDATED) This question occurred to me as I was writing about the "fight for the soul of the GOP" in Florida:
Which brings us back to Texas, home state of Republican Sen. John Cornyn. Remember the fight over the stimulus bill? Remember the key vote where Cornyn had a “prior committment” with wealthy donors in New York City? That caused Mike Wellman to remark: “I am from Texas. I was already angry at Cornyn’s vote on the Treasury Secretary. I will not vote for him again.”
Now as NRSC chairman, Cornyn supports Charlie Crist in Florida, putting the knife in Marco Rubio’s back. This prompts the question: “Are Texans OK with this?”
Does Texas GOP chairwoman Tina Benkiser (512-477-9821 ) approve? What about Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry (512-478-3276)? Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (214-361-3500)? Texas RNC members Bill Crocker (512-478-5611) and Cathie Adams (972-523-8551)?
One would think that Texas Republicans might want to ascertain, with all the charm and courtesy for which Texans are famous, whether the Lone Star state’s GOP officials support Cornyn’s decision to have the NRSC decide the Florida Senate primary in favor of Charlie Crist.
Read the whole thing.

UPDATE: Two Florida newspapers, the Tallahassee Democrat and the Fort Myers News-Press, weigh in with editorials criticizing the NRSC's intervention. Pat Austin writes:
The danger of the NRSC endorsement is that it removes the Florida voters from their own primary. . . . Let Floridians pick their own candidate.
And Florida law student Tommy Jardon has started a pro-Rubio blog called Run Marco Run.


  1. Sheesh. And to think that Cornyn was once a GOP leading light.

    The Republican Party is in serious trouble with the people most critical to its continued viability: American conservatives. The only hope left is the expulsion of its entire "leadership cadre." If those...persons aren't replaced by conservatives unabashed about being conservatives and operating a conservative party, it's doomed -- and possibly so is freedom in America.

  2. Are Texans OK with this?This Texan is not.

  3. "And to think that Cornyn was once a GOP leading light."Acute-onset Potomac Fever -- it's happened before.

  4. Once again, this is a battle between the elites and the grassroots. For whatever reason, Sen. Cornyn would rather be with the elites and not with the grassroots. Does he not realize that it was the grassroots that began the Reagan Revolution that he has so often said he is a part of? Is not Marco Rubio an extension of the Reagan Revolution and a next leader in that tradition? You're damn right Mr. Rubio is! You know, Gov. Christ reminds me of our former governor, Pete Wilson. Says the right thing at the right time and then when reality hits, he has to backtrack. Mr. Wilson backed Prop 187 only when he knew that it was going to pass overwhelmingly. Again, I wholeheartedly endorse RUBIO FOR SENATE!

  5. As I commented over in the 'Greenroom':   I am a Texan, but I’m sending a check to ‘Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate’ this weekend. Screw the NRSC!