Is the Tea Party for Sale?
MoveOn.org, the group responsible for malicious attacks against regular taxpaying folks in the Tea Party movement, has zeroed in on conservatives' disgust with the upper echelons of the GOP establishment. Now they're seeking to align themselves with the Louisville Tea Party to oust Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell.
Sarah Durand, president of the Louisville Tea Party, said Democratic donors and activists have told her that they'd be willing to spend seven figures in a GOP primary to help a candidate willing to challenge McConnell. Durand said the challenge for tea party groups is to recruit a candidate who wouldn't hand the seat to the Democrats, even though, she said, tea party leaders across the state are not satisfied with McConnell's three-decade tenure in Washington.
"We are doing a lot of reaching out to some of the tea party folks across the state," said Keith Rouda, a field organizer with the liberal group MoveOn and the Democratic super PAC, Progress Kentucky.
"What we're finding -- at least in this stage of the race -- we're finding that our interests align. It's unusual."
Progress Kentucky has begun circulating petitions urging Republicans to jump into the race, and Democratic donors active in Bluegrass State and national politics are privately making it clear they're willing to help bankroll a tea party candidate. Neither the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee nor the Kentucky Democratic Party is involved in the unorthodox efforts at this point, officials said.
Does McConnell's affiliation with tea party freshman Senator Rand Paul have anything to do with this latest maneuver by MoveOn? A few months ago the left-leaning Politico had the pols paired together in a piece titled "Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell: Odd-Couple Allies."
Paul's recent headline grabbing clashes with Secretary of State Clinton during the Benghazi hearings has definitely put the 49-year-old "conservative firebrand" in the Left's crosshairs. Rand's already been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2016.That's enough to perk up the ears of any leftist PAC.
So is MoveOn's offer to the tea party really a back door attempt to start whittling away at Rand's influence? Maybe it's not McConnell they're after. At any rate, if the Louisville Tea Party is really in talks with the Soros-funded radicals at MoveOn they might want to think about putting up a "not for sale" sign.
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