by elpresidente | 11:02 am, August 27, 2009 | Comments Off
Following the publication of Ben’s posting on substantial rumors that the National Republican Senatorial Committee had plans to preemptively endorse a primary candidate nine months before the state party convention and nearly a year before the actual primary, I’ve been getting emails expressing deep concern, and have chosen to publish some here (with the emailers’ permission). I will continue to add other emails as they come in, so if the idea of the NRSC determining the “anointed” GOP candidate in the 2010 race against Senator Who?/Michael Bennet does not sit well with you, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As Ben argues, it does not matter which candidate is endorsed–national meddling in a state party primary is simply unconscionable this far out–and it’s not like this hasn’t happened before, given the NRSC’s interference in Florida’s hotly contested primary.
First up, Nikki Mata of Colorado’s R Block Party:
Please forward to Rob Jesmer & Sen. Cornyn,
As a registered Republican, Colorado resident & grassroots activist – I hope that this rumor isn’t true.
“A well-placed rumor is circulating that the National Republican Senatorial Committee is planning to endorse former lieutenant governor Jane Norton upon her official entry into Colorado’s Republican U.S. Senate primary in the next few weeks.”
The overwhelming sentiment of most conservatives that I have met is that they are not being represented by either party in Washington. That the power brokers & “Old Guard” are out of touch and keep backing candidates that cannot win. They cannot even bring in Republicans, let alone the crucial unaffiliateds.
All those town hall people? They have woken up & want to have a say in who they send to Washington.
If you stack the deck & back ANYONE before the primary process – you will be driving conservative voters AWAY from the Republican party. I’m sure this isn’t your goal.
Our group, R Block Party, is dedicated to “building the bench” in Colorado – from City Council on up. We believe that building the bench means not only the candidates, but the volunteer support as well. We want people to be invested in their candidates and the process. And one of the ways to do that? Let them choose.
Help us realize our goal of putting forward Republicans that voters can get behind and support.
Let us pick our own candidate.
The energy is out there. Please don’t thwart it.
R Block Party
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