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EXCLUSIVE: Cornyn Gets Texas Heat Over Crist; Florida GOP Chair Backs Down

posted at 11:20 am on May 21, 2009 by

(BUMPED 12:20 p.m. ET; UPDATE BELOW) Just reported this for The American Spectator:

Key Republicans in Texas are alarmed by Sen. John Cornyn’s decision, as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, to endorse Florida Gov. Charlie Crist in a contested Senate race 15 months before the GOP primary.
“If they’re going to do it in Florida, what’s to stop them from doing it everywhere?” a Texas Republican source told me late Wednesday. “It’s absurd that the NRSC is doing this. It’s an insult to the base.”

You can read the whole thing, including the news that Florida State Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer has backed down from his earlier endorsement of Crist. The St. Petersburg Times beat me to that scoop:

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer, facing intense and growing backlash over meddling in the U.S. Senate primary, is backing off.
In a letter to party supporters [Wednesday], Greer defends his actions but said the party is now “neutral” in the contest between Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio.

There will be more news breaking on this story, which involves a lot more than the Florida Senate race. The question at stake, according to Aaron Marks of The Next Right, is “Who ultimately controls the GOP, the grassroots or the machine?” When the machine is run by “Chairman Bozo,” as Florida conservative Javier Manjarres calls him, the odds favor the grassroots.

Of course, conservative bloggers never do reporting because, as liberal blogger Matthew Yglesias says, “What the right lacks are people with the skill to do the job.” And since Yglesias went to Harvard, he knows everything.

UPDATE 12:20 p.m.: In his statement backing down from the Crist endorstment, Florida GOP chairman Greer “is glossing over the fact that he tried to use party rules to get Rubio knocked off the ballot,” says Erick Erickson. “He is also ignoring the fact that he made clear at the RNC meeting that the Republican Party of Florida would be supporting only Crist in the Senate race and only McCollum in the gubernatorial race.”

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who is exactly “the base”? let’s determine who the base is, then determine if cornyn is making us/them mad.

kelley in virginia on May 21, 2009 at 8:04 AM

Greer is Chaingang Charlie’s handpicked state party chair. This thing may be over before it even starts.

Kid from Brooklyn on May 21, 2009 at 8:18 AM

Cornyn needs to get Texas heat. He’s been in New England recruiting more Democrat lite candidates. Now this. Psst Senator Cornyn, We had a block party when Specter returned to being a Democrat. Stop infecting our party with pseudo Republicans. We do have a platform……… does anyone ever read it?

american woman on May 21, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Glad to see the NRSC is getting slapped around on this…they need to be trained to obey the base. They need to be called out every time they defy the base and punched in the nose…eventually, they will learn that they really aren’t in charge…think of it as a ‘opportunity to listen’ from ground up.

AUINSC on May 21, 2009 at 11:49 AM

“Slapped around” is a bit much – more like a polite tap on the shoulder to remind ’em who brung ’em to the party, to get back to dancin’ with their pardner, get ’em to quit watching mud wrestling on the tv….

A full-on slap would see their donations dry up and recall petitions circulated.

Mew

acat on May 21, 2009 at 2:05 PM

A full-on slap would see their donations dry up and recall petitions circulated.

Mew

acat on May 21, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Sounds like a good plan, plus donations to Marco Rubio, and others whom the RINO machine hates.

Right_of_Attila on May 21, 2009 at 7:34 PM

kelley in virginia on May 21, 2009 at 8:04 AM

I am in Florida and I am planning to change my affiliation from Indp. to Republican to do everything I can to keep Crist from winning the nomination. I may ultimately have to vote for him if he wins the primary but he’s going to get a real clear idea of who the base is before it happens.

Cindy Munford on May 21, 2009 at 9:03 PM

Honestly how much separation is there between Crist and Obama? To endorse Crist in a primary is an insult to the base. Republicans in the Senate cannot complain about runaway spending and endorse Charlie Crist. Senator Cornyn it is not too late to back Marco.

Angry Dumbo on May 22, 2009 at 6:56 AM