EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Indiana GOP Pushing Back on Dan Coats
This is an interesting article in the Politico today about the push back the Indiana GOP is giving the NRSC for anointing former Senator Dan Coats as the presumptive GOP nominee against Evan Bayh.
Folks in Indiana aren’t pleased, inside or outside the party.
One day after Coats announced his interest in the race, a Huntington, Indiana, Tea Party group circulated an e-mail with the subject line, “NO to RNC/Coats for force feeding us this crap sandwich,” while Emery McClendon, a Tea Party organizer, has distributed an e-mail to activists declaring that the push for a Coats candidacy “is the Republican Party’s way of slapping we the people in the face…”
For Indiana Republican Party leaders, who are aware of fierce anti-establishment backlash from grassroots conservatives in states like Florida and Kentucky over NRSC involvement in contested primaries, the early warning flares from grassroots conservatives have not gone unnoticed.
After Knochel’s e-mail to Bopp last week, state party officials on the message chain traded e-mails expressing concern over the grassroots unrest, according to copies of the emails provided to POLITICO.
“They view it as Washington insiders disregarding the ‘voice of the people,’” Pete Miller, a state committee member, wrote in one note.
For my part, I decided last night I’m going to go with State Senator Marlin Stutzman. He need new, young, conservatives in Washington — fresh faces, fresh voices, and fresh ideas based on time tested principles. Marlin Stutzman fits the bill. I’m going to send him some money today.