Tags: rookies | House | GOP | election

House GOP Freshmen Proving Themselves

Thursday, 24 May 2012 01:09 PM

By Dan Weil

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Last year the talk among political pundits was that many House GOP freshmen would be one-hit wonders, not even making it through their primaries. The pundits couldn’t have been more wrong.

Of the 87 rookies, 29 have faced primaries so far, and all have emerged victorious, Politico reports. Many of those races were blowouts, and some incumbents didn’t even face a primary opponent.

The pundits thought the freshmen, many of them tea partyers, would be challenged for straying from their conservative roots. In Tennessee, a state senator publicly mulled a race against Rep. Scott DesJarlais. In Pennsylvania, a top official of the tea party group Americans for Prosperity contemplated a run against Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, whom he criticized over a labor bill. In Indiana, a tea partyer was thinking of a bid against Rep. Larry Bucshon after his vote to lift the debt limit.

All three incumbents advanced easily. In the end, the state senator declined to run against DesJarlais, no one ran against Fitzpatrick, and Bucshon scored an easy victory.

One of the most significant tesst is likely in Arizona where freshman Rep. Paul Gosar faces a strong challenge from state Sen. Ron Gould in a redrawn district. The Club for Growth has thrown its support behind Gould.

Then there is November, when many of the the rookies will face fierce challenges from Democratic opponents. But many will come in with strength from their conservative base, thanks largely to their strong stand on spending cuts, which forced GOP congressional leaders to the right.

“They did what they said they would do,” House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy told Politico. “I’ve always felt that as long as the freshmen did what they said they would do, they would be fine.”

McCarthy, one of the party’s shrewdest strategists, has forecast that every Republican freshman facing a challenger will take the nomination.



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
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

North Carolina Race 'on the Cusp' to Determine Senate

Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 20:52 PM

Deep Dixie purple North Carolina - where Republicans hold sway in the legislature and Democrats have the advantage in re . . .

Senator Inhofe's Live Pigeon Shoot Draws Criticism

Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 19:43 PM

Several animal rights groups criticized Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe on Tuesday for a fundraiser he held earlier this . . .

Jim Webb Is 'Taking a Hard Look' at 2016 Run

Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 19:24 PM

Bad news for Hillary Clinton's future political aspirations: the first possibly serious challenge to her drive to become . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

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