CPAC interviews: The candidates

posted at 2:01 pm on March 10, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

In previous CPACs, candidates for Congressional offices would roam the hallways looking for interviews to increase their profile among conservatives. This year that seemed to be less the case, even though we are heading into the midterm elections and in some cases coming up quickly to primary fights. I did get a chance to speak to two prospective Republican candidates — one of whom should be very familiar to Hot Air readers. Jorge Bonilla spent some time in our Green Room as a contributor, and now wants to win the Republican nomination in Florida’s 9th CD to challenge incumbent Alan Grayson:

The beginning of our conversation focused on allegations raised a day or two earlier about domestic violence connected to Grayson and his wife. A video that surfaced after this interview suggested that Grayson may have at least been a mutual victim of it. The Graysons’ daughter publicly supported Rep. Grayson’s version of events at that same time.  Jorge steers clear of the issue, and advisedly so, since there is plenty about Grayson’s public life to warrant his second “retirement” from Congress.

The 9th CD is a D+4 district, so the Republican who wins the primary will have a tough fight. Don’t be surprised, though, if Grayson makes way for a more moderate Democrat to take his place. This is going to be a tough election for Democrats in swing districts as it is, even without Grayson’s baggage of toxic rhetoric and his outspoken defense of ObamaCare.

I also had a chance to meet Brenda Lenard, of whom I had not heard before CPAC. Lenard wants to challenge incumbent Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee from the right. She’s already had to straighten out some false accusations against her, as well as overcome some heartbreaking tragedy — none of which comes up in the interview, however. Instead, we just discuss why she’s challenging Alexander and what Tennessee needs from its next Senate election:

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as well as overcome some heartbreaking tragedy

How terrible for her. God bless Brenda. She’s a scrapper.

John the Libertarian on March 10, 2014 at 2:14 PM

In previous CPACs, candidates for Congressional offices would roam the hallways looking for interviews to increase their profile among conservatives. This year that seemed to be less the case, even though we are heading into the midterm elections and in some cases coming up quickly to primary fights

Is that, perhaps, because the nature of CPAC has changed from that of conservatism to whatever the hell you want to call libertarian looniness. Rand Pual winning the CPAC straw poll was as much of a shock as Kim Jung Un’s landslide.

Happy Nomad on March 10, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Ed, did you get a chance to ask Mitch McConnell how he is going to win reelection without any conservative votes?

Jaibones on March 10, 2014 at 2:21 PM

I also had a chance to meet Brenda Lenard, of whom I had not heard before CPAC.

Her website is what more GOP candidates sites should look like.

Happy Nomad on March 10, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Good for Brenda! Best of luck!

” Rand Pual winning the CPAC straw poll was as much of a shock as Kim Jung Un’s landslide.”

The analogy above is way off the mark! Two very different venues! The shock at CPAC may have been how far Christie and Rubio have fallen.

tomshup on March 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Jaibones

Heh. Mitch is going to crush us, its all we need to know.

captnjoe on March 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM

” Rand Pual winning the CPAC straw poll was as much of a shock as Kim Jung Un’s landslide.”

The analogy above is way off the mark! Two very different venues! The shock at CPAC may have been how far Christie and Rubio have fallen.

tomshup on March 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM

I couldn’t figure out why Christie was invited in the first place! All he did was lecture conservatives that they needed to STFU and vote “electable.”

Happy Nomad on March 10, 2014 at 2:31 PM

…oh oh!…Auntie Tom!

KOOLAID2 on March 10, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Mitch is going to crush us, its all we need to know.

captnjoe on March 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Help! I’m bein’ repressed!

Jaibones on March 10, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Is that, perhaps, because the nature of CPAC has changed from that of conservatism to whatever the hell you want to call libertarian looniness. Rand Pual winning the CPAC straw poll was as much of a shock as Kim Jung Un’s landslide.

Happy Nomad on March 10, 2014 at 2:15 PM

CPAC has been in the process of being changed for some time now. It is being staged to repel the most conservative audience. Thus the push for gay marriage, in a prior session, and the intentional omission of pro life this time. It wasn’t accidental that immigration was off the table either.

They want certain factors to not show up, and they want a straw poll that will not read conservative.

Almost half the poll voters, 46% were aged 18-24. Students made up 42% of the voting universe. The CPAC vote skews much younger than the overall electorate. Breitbart 03-10-14

46 percent were 18-24. What percent of the electorate is that group. And what percent of that age who are self identified as conservative, not libertarian, shows up at a gathering that banned fair discussion of amnesty, or abortion.

I couldn’t figure out why Christie was invited in the first place! All he did was lecture conservatives that they needed to STFU and vote “electable.”

Happy Nomad on March 10, 2014 at 2:31 PM

He was there to get a thunderous applause from the reconfigured CPAC audience for his MSM bit. The CPAC cartel really does not want tea party to show up election day

I think CPAC has had its day. Just waiting now to see if the Breitbart alternative coalesces as a replacement

entagor on March 10, 2014 at 10:40 PM