The GOP Establishment strikes back

Shape-shifting into something vaguely resembling an outsiders’ insurgency, the GOP Establishment knocked off a three-term Tea Party congressman in a primary race in Kansas yesterday.  Sarah Westwood of The Examiner reports: Rep. Tim Huelskamp lost his congressional seat Tuesday in a brutal Republican primary battle that pitted unlikely foes against each other while attracting an unusually large amount of money for a rural Kansas district. Roger Marshall, a local obstetrician, bested the three-term congressman with the help of powerful groups both inside and outside the state, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Ending Spending political action committee. The Chamber of Commerce backing says it all, but for the icing on the cake: Ending Spending, founded by former TD Ameritrade CEO Joe Ricketts, is more frequently seen backing candidates linked to the GOP establishment. The PAC supported incumbent Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, for example, against a...(Read Full Post)