GOP Strategist O'Connell: It's Not Tea Party Versus Establishment

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 04:55 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Republican strategist Ford O'Connell says that GOP success is really about "electable candidates," not whether he or she is from the tea party or establishment wing of the party.

"I just don't focus on tea party versus establishment. I focus on the candidate and the environment they're running in," O'Connell told J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV.

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O'Connell argues that the reason why tea party-backed Ben Sasse won the Republican primary in Nebraska Tuesday night is because he's a great candidate.

"I think the Republican Party might have gotten itself a gem [in Sasse]. A serious conservative who wants to be a problem solver," the Republican strategist said, adding that "they might have actually landed themselves a great future senator."

On the flip side, the reason why tea party candidate Matt Bevin, who is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Kentucky Republican primary, is struggling is "because basically, he was a flop."

O'Connell contends that the "political trade winds merit" that the GOP unite together once the primary season is over.

"There is so much in the Republicans' favor and really the issues that all of the candidates are touting are really ones of unity with respect to growth, jobs, Obamacare, energy of security, etc.," he said.

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