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GOP worries about 'tea party' candidates' broad appeal

Von: John Manning (jrobertm@terra.com.br) [Profil]
Datum: 07.06.2010 02:16
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Little-known candidates backed by the movement have shot into the
national spotlight, but some Republicans are nervous about whether they
will be able to beat their Democratic opponents in the fall.

-- THE Republican Party is enjoying a burst of raw enthusiasm among
rank-and-file conservatives that has shot some relatively little-known
candidates straight into the national spotlight  stirring concern among
party leaders about how well some of them will fare with the broader
electorate in November.

In North Carolina, national party officials make no secret of their
displeasure at the possibility of the GOP banner being carried by a
"tea-party"-backed candidate with an apparent history of religious
zealotry and drug use. In divorce records, the man's ex-wife said he
planned to raise his stepfather from the dead in New Jersey.

In South Carolina, the tea party favorite for governor is trying to bat
down accusations of infidelity.

In Nevada, a leading conservative contender is facing questions about
her ties to the Church of Scientology.

And the newest hero of the tea party movement, Rand Paul, who won the
GOP Senate primary in Kentucky, startled more-mainstream Republicans by
questioning part of the historic 1964 Civil Rights Act that allowed the
government to force lunch counters to desegregate.

Of these disparate candidates, some are truly outsiders; others are
fairly experienced politicians getting their first real shot in the
searing spotlight of national politics.

And though their potential problems are quite different, they have at
least two things in common: They have not undergone the testing and
vetting that candidates traditionally face. And they are making some
Republicans nervous about whether they will be able to beat their
Democratic opponents in the fall.

"Nonpoliticians are being given an increased level of credibility," said
Nathan Gonzales, political editor for the nonpartisan Rothenberg
Political Report. "A consequence of not being a politician is never
having been a candidate before, never being in the spotlight and never
facing the media."

To be sure, plenty of candidates backed by the movement have political
experience and broad appeal, perhaps most notably Marco Rubio, the
Senate candidate and former speaker of the state House of
Representatives in Florida who pushed Gov. Charlie Crist from the
Republican primary. Crist is now running as an independent.

Some in the movement also have shown a pragmatic streak, particularly in
aligning themselves behind moderate Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts.


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