Tags: Exclusive Interviews | Steve Malzberg Show | Tea Party | raul labrador | kevin mccarthy | house | majority

Michael Steele: Labrador Move Proof Tea Party Has 'a Voice Here'

Friday, 13 Jun 2014 07:19 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

Rep. Raul Labrador's challenge of fellow Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy for the position of House Majority Leader is proof positive the tea party is alive and well on Capitol Hill, says Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and co-host of "Steele & Ungar" on SiriusXM radio.

"I salute Congressman Labrador for getting into this race. The tea party caucus does have a voice here; they have a play here. Raul appropriately represents that,'' Steele, who chaired the RNC from 2009-2011, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"At the end of the day, McCarthy is quintessential establishment and you really are beginning to hear … a lot of conservatives saying, 'Wait a minute, didn't you take the lesson from what happened in Virginia?'''

Vote Now: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance?

Story continues below video.



Cantor, who was expected to eventually replace John Boehner as House speaker, was soundly defeated in his Virginia primary this week by little-known college professor Dave Brat, a tea-party activist.

Tea party activists took it as sign that reports of their demise within the GOP have been greatly exaggerated.

Rick Ungar, Steele's co-host, agreed that the Republican establishment can't ignore their more conservative brethren.

"I was shocked that McCarthy wrapped it up so quickly and that the tea party caucus was backing off so easily,'' Ungar said.

"I'm a big believer in the old adage, keep your friends close and your enemies closer. If I were John Boehner … I absolutely would have been looking for the right tea party congressman to fill that job.

"I was shocked that it wasn't happening. I don't know if Labrador can win, but they ought to at least put on a show.''

Vote Now: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance?

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

AG Nominee Gets 2 GOP Endorsements After Witnesses Attack DOJ

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 23:33 PM

Two Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed Loretta Lynch's nomination as attorney general, but not befor . . .

US-Led Airstrikes Slam ISIS Targets in Syria and Iraq

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 22:20 PM

The United States and coalition partners launched six airstrikes against Islamic State (ISIS) targets in Syria and 12 mo . . .

Rep. Peter King: 9/11 Lesson Is Ex-Gitmo Detainees Threat to US

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 21:53 PM

Rep. Peter King says President Barack Obama should remember the lessons of 9/11 and stop releasing detainees from the mi . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved