UPDATE: Is Cornyn interfering?
The local Tea Party is angry with Senator John Cornyn. And it has nothing to do with Texas.
It’s about the Alaska Senate race and their ready to protest.
Yes, the Texas Tea Party is in a state of high dudgeon about the Great White North. The vote count in the Alaska Republican Primary right now is neck and neck, and it pits a Tea Party candidate against the Republican establishment. And they think Cornyn has chosen sides…
Senator Lisa Murkowski is in the race of her life against tea party candidate Joe Miller.
“Murkowski voted for TARP. And looking at her record…she’s a RINO,” says Tammy miller of the Tyler Tea Party.
The vote count is going on now, and the local tea party folks are worried that the GOP is looking after its own.
“What we’re seeing here is that the Republican Party is, on a regular basis, forgetting its principles,” Blair said. ”And we’re upset with Mr. Cornyn because he’s ours.”
Senator John Cornyn is the Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, whose job is to try to get Republican elected to the Senate.
“At the end of the day, the only people who are going to decide this are the people of Alaska,” says Brian Walsh of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “ And whoever they choose as the nominee is who we are going to support.”
But the race in Alaska is as tight as newly washed jeans and When the Tea Party got wind that an NRSC lawyer has flown in to talk with Senator Murkowski, they smelled a rat.
“The party should butt out of the primary,” Blair contends. “When our own Senator is chairing a committee that sent somebody to help lawyer them up, we do have a problem with that.”
Walsh explained,“After the primary, Senator Murkowski asked for some legal help, we sent a single person out to Alaska. It quickly became clear though that folks were misconstruing the purpose of that visit, so on Saturday, that person came back.”
They are now ready to stage a protest at Senator Cornyn’s office downtown on Thursday.
But the Committee, and the Senator say it’s all a misunderstanding…
“We’re trying to turn 12 blue states into the red column,” Walsh told us. “Alaska is not one of those states right now. It’s been a Republican seat and we intend to keep it a Republican seat.”
The Committee told us this afternoon that Alaska is considered a safe seat. Whoever win the primary will probably win in November.
They say, they’ve got much tougher races to fight than this one.
The Tea Party wants to make sure it stays that way.