NewsMax Magazine has an article about the growth of the Utah Tea Party movement. My friend, Brian Halladay, is quoted,
“Our feeling is that the majority of the Republican Party delegates are now tea party people,” Brian Halladay, one of the founders of the grass-roots Utah Rising organization, tells Newsmax.
NewsMax also interviewed Dave Hansen, Utah GOP Chairman, who said,
“I’m sure they have a very strong bloc, and they may have control,” Dave Hansen, chairman of the Utah GOP, tells Newsmax. “But we won’t know that until we get to the convention.”
But the really interesting part is their discussion with Hansen concerning the fate of incumbent Senator Bob Bennett.
Dave Weigel of the Washington Post reported Tuesday that a recent poll of more than 1,000 GOP delegates in Utah showed that Bennett is the top choice of only 15 percent of them. Tea party favorite Mike Lee, an attorney and first-time candidate, was the top choice of 35 percent of the delegates polled.
Hansen is skeptical that Bennett is in as much trouble as that survey suggests, however.
The results from the straw poll taken today at the Utah County Republican Convention are in, and Bob Bennet is still carrying only about 15% of the delegates.
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The Rasmussen poll quoted by NewsMax also fails to mention Cherilyn Eagar, who is in second place behind Mike Lee. Additionally, Rasmussen polled GOP voters, which may or may not have included delegates. And in Utah’s Primary system, the delegates decide who the voters will have to choose from on the ballot.
What this means is that, if these patterns hold up, Bob Bennett won’t have enough to win the first round of voting at the State Convention next month, because the first round of voting will reduce the field to three candidates. It looks like it’s no longer a question of Bob Bennett getting 40% or more of the votes, and the balance being split by his three challengers. Bob Bennett is fighting for his political career.
That would be the kind of political decision I would like to face more often–the choice between three equally competent candidates who are all strong conservatives.
From the AP report…
U.S. Rep. John Murtha, an influential critic of the Iraq War whose congressional career was shadowed by questions about his ethics, died Monday. He was 77.
The Pennsylvania Democrat had been suffering complications from gallbladder surgery. He died at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., spokesman Matthew Mazonkey said.
Yet another seat unexpectedly open. This is certainly going to be an interesting year.
There has not been, in my memory, anything equal to the number of scurrilous attacks against an individual during a campaign than what we witnessed being leveled against Sarah Palin during 2008.
The Democrats, in an effort to sway public opinion, and with help from their Media accomplices, threw everything but the kitchen sink at Palin. The sink in question had been spoken for by liberal operatives within the McCain campaign.
So far, Palin, the tough, reform-minded Alaska governor and mother of five, has withstood all attacks.
Earlier today, the FEC dismissed a complaint filed by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington against the purchase of $150,000 of clothing for Sarah Palin by the Republican Party during the 2008 election campaign.
The FEC ruled that party funds are not covered by the law which prohibits campaign donor money to be used for personal expenses.
Executive Director of CREW, Melanie Sloan, objected to the ruling, saying “It’s typical of the FEC to never take on anybody for anything.” She quickly contradicted herself by adding, “It seems like the kind of thing they should have come down on, but they seem to think their hands are tied.”
A quick review of CREW’s website seems to show more Republicans in their cross-hairs than Democrats. But with a name like Citizens for Responsiblity and Ethics in Washington, you’d assume their primary targets right now would be Barak Obama and Nancy Pelosi. Go figure.
Arlen Specter’s leading opponent in the Democratic Primary in Pennsylvania has dropped out of the race, according to an AP story.
That puts Specter a little closer to earning the Democratic nomination for his seat in the next election, and facing the new Republican challenger, Pat Toomey. In an April 24th poll by USA Today, Toomey was leading Specter by 20%.
If the Democrats in Pennsylvania cannot field a candidate able to defeat Specter, Toomey will likely win the election.
Would any of this be happening if we repealed the 17th Amendment?
Hot Air Blog has the videos.
If it were up to me, ACORN would be outlawed, for no other reason than the fact that they hired this Mafia mouthpiece from Chicago. The guy is a horrible liar–completely unbelievable.
Then, he has the gall to tell Glenn, “You’re just afraid of Black people.” Glenn tosses the guy out on his butt.
My favorite part is the classic, liberal double-speak (paraphrasing): “We didn’t commit voter fraud, our employees did.”
Chris Simcox, Founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, has announced his candidacy for US Senate, challenging John McCain for the seat McCain has held since 1987. McCain took a lot of heat during his run for the Presidency because of his pro-amnesty stance on immigration. His lukewarm support of immigration reform was viewed by some as a way to court Hispanic voters, but was seen by Conservative Republicans as a sell-out of American sovereignty for political gain and it, among other things, cost him the election.
The video below is Chris’s formal announcement. The Conservative Front wishes Chris well in his run for the Senate. Time to send the RINOs packing.