In listening to Todd Akin today on The Dana Show, he stated that he only became aware of the Tea Party Express endorsement of Sarah Steelman yesterday. If that is true, it is symptomatic of why Tea Party Express chose not to endorse him in the race.
I have known Amy Kremer since early 2009 and she told me over a year ago that they had been approached by Sarah Steelman about an endorsement in the race. She also told me that they wanted to effect the Senate races and they saw the Missouri race as key to that effort. Their desire to endorse in key Senate races is well known to all conservative candidates in those races.
It should surprise no one that national level PACs would be interested in this race. It certainly should not come as a surprise to Todd Akin. I told the Akin campaign directly months ago that they needed to reach out to Tea Party Express, FreedomWorks and the National Taxpayers Union along with Jim DeMint and other conservative orgs for their endorsement and help with fundraising. I also warned them of just such an endorsement of Sarah Steelman by Tea Party Express. I urged them to lead on issues and increase their outreach to grassroots and conservative orgs. I personally offered to help assist with that outreach, using what connections I have to assist in those efforts. I repeated those offers to the Akin campaign twice over the last month. My offers were rebuffed at each attempt. The first outreach which Todd Akin attempted to Tea Party Express came last night after the announcement of an impending endorsement had already come out.
If you want someone’s vote you have to ask for it. If you want someone’s endorsement the same rule applies.
I like Todd Akin, I value his service and his consistent voting record. But that is not enough to win this race. Sarah Steelman has been actively courting conservative PACs and Orgs for over a year. She is bearing the fruit of that hard work, and from what I hear there will be more endorsements from other conservative PACs to come.
PACs have the right to endorse. In doing so they are expressing their First Amendment right to political speech. They are not forcing anyone to vote according to their endorsement. If you disagree with their point of view then issue an endorsement of your own. Call up the campaign of your choice and volunteer your time, or money. Donate your blog, facebook posts, or twitter feed to assist in the support of your candidate of YOUR choice.
Don’t just get angry, GET ACTIVE.