The Republican establishment, which is backing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in his presidential bid, also is trying to erase the tea party, Rush Limbaugh said today on his radio show.
“The establishment Republicans are trying to take the tea party out,” Limbaugh declared. “And this is another reason why, in the Republican primary, there is such fevered opposition to Romney and people who despise . . . the campaign that Romney is running.”
Limbaugh pointed to Florida’s ongoing redistricting battle that may affect the congressional seat held by Rep. Allen West, a tea party favorite, whose district probably will be redrawn to include more Democratic-leaning Broward County.
“Florida is getting two additional seats. There’s no reason to write anybody out,” Limbaugh insisted. “So there’s obviously a political component to this and again, the Romney conspiracy based on the fact that the guy in charge of redistricting is a former Romney supporter.”
Florida Rep. Will Weatherford has been a surrogate for Romney, said Limbaugh, adding that Weatherford is probably still a current supporter. “So why does Mitt Romney care about congressional districts in Florida?”
Limbaugh also played a clip of former presidential candidate and Fox News host Mike Huckabee, who experienced the sting of Romney’s attack ads in the last presidential election. He said Huckabee has shown support for Romney.
Huckabee has not endorsed a candidate, and has said it was unlikely he would before the Florida primary.
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