FL Senate: The Battle of Endorsements

by Sal on June 16, 2009

in Election 2010,Politics

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) went against the Republican leadership today by endorsing Conservative Marco Rubio over the liberal Republican Gov. Charlie Crist for Florida’s 2010 Senate election.  Crist, who has been endorsed by Sen. John Cornyn and the NRSC, Mitch McConnell, and John McCain, is the establishment favorite.  Rubio, the former Florida Speaker of the House, is young, charismatic, and Conservative.  Rubio has also been endorsed by former Govs. Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, and now receives his first endorsement by a member of the Senate.

What is key about DeMint’s endorsement is that he heads up the Senate Conservative Fund, a PAC that has money and some influence.  This fund will aid in Rubio matching the NRSC’s fundraising for Crist.  I have always been of the opinion that the NRSC should stay out of primary battles, letting the chips fall where they may and then pushing fundraising once the primary is over.  However, the NRSC is still under the mistaken impression that moderates are what the GOP needs, and is therefore putting its weight behind Crist.  In Crist, we have another Arlen Specter.  Crist vocally supported the Stimulus bill, and provided Barack Obama a forum in which to push for the bill’s passage.

DeMint’s endorsement represents a break from the GOP establishment, and is a welcome change.  It is only when moderate candidates start losing primaries and the NRSC’s money starts to dry up that the GOP establishment will change course.  The NRSC is slowly making itself more irrelevant, and is in danger of losing a lot of campaign donations from those conservatives who are through with carrying the water for the GOP.

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Chris June 16, 2009 at 8:30 pm

This is a good thing…as long as the GOP thinks that they can attempt to out-Democrat the Democrats by being like them (as Moderates), they will be losers out in the woodshed, and during these times of Obamaism (extreme left Democrat politics), a clear alternative must be presented and that is where Conservatism comes in. I guarantee Conservatism will will against Obamaism…it has in the past (in the form of Carterism) and will again!

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Ryan June 16, 2009 at 8:55 pm

We tried winning John McCain-style and even Colin Powell voted for the other guy! We need to realize as a party that winning is important, yes, but you get stuck with the winner. Sal makes a great point that too many times the Republicans have nominated a Specter over a Toomey, won, and ended up with the weak-kneed RINO they voted for (in Specter’s case a full-fledged Democrat). Plus, a healthy debate is always good on the Right since we tend to be the more intellectual ones on the spectrum anyway.

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johnson July 7, 2009 at 12:23 pm

The old men’s party as usual. We donated to McCain, but not anymore. We hope Chris Simcox beats him. He leans too far across the aisle and has forgotten WHY this is the great country that he fought for. Our forefathers did not compromise with the enemy. McCain needs to retire, and let younger, more perceptive minds play a role in the Republican party. I will not donate further to NRSC. I donated to Demint’s conservative org, instead!

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