Tea Party Targets 3 GOP Senators
Three longtime Republican senators are targeted by the Tea Party because of their good working relationship with Democrats. They are Richard Lugar of Indiana, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Olympia Snowe of Maine.
The Tea Party is seen as one of the reasons why the Republicans took majority of the seats in last fall’s congressional elections. Republicans who are for budget cuts and limited government won a position in the House and Senate. Now the Tea Party is targeting Republicans who will seek re-election next year.
In Indiana, the Tea Party is planning to support a candidate that will run against Lugar in the primary. In Maine, there are talks of Snowe Removal as early as now. In Utah, Senator Hatch is trying to woo the Tea Party but junior senator Mike Lee stated that he wouldn’t endorse Hatch for re-election.
Senator Lugar told the Tea Party to make a reality check if they want to tackle the nuclear arms reduction treaty. They pointed out the incumbent senator’s support for President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees and the administration’s DREAM act.
Senator Hatch seems to be courting the Tea Party by attending their events and starting to sound more loyal to the party than he was in his six terms in the Senate.
The Tea Party disapproved Senator Snowe’s support for the Supreme Court nominations of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. But Snowe would probably get the backing of Governor LePage, who considers the Senator’s late husband as his mentor.