Remember how the RNC supported liberal Republican Dede Scozzofava in a New York special Congressional election? After losing the primary, Scozzofava went on to endorse the Democratic challenger, who barely won the final election.
The NRSC endorsed once-Republican US Senate candidate Charlie Crist, who later changed parties when it became clear he would likely lose to conservative Marco Rubio.
When asked about the Alaska US Senate primary during a CBS interview this weekend, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour implied that it should not be this way, where the Republican party officially picks sides in primary races. From Politico:
“When I was chairman of the RNC, as you mentioned, in the last decade, we never took sides in primaries,” Barbour said. “We did not endorse incumbents over challengers. Same way as I’m chairman of the Republican Governors Association today.”
Connect with Benjamin Hodge at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, The Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas. He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011. His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRA, Kansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).