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COLORADO IS IN PLAY: Rep. Cory Gardner Will Challenge Mark Udall for Senate Seat

This is fantastic news.  Colorado looks primed to go red in 2014.

From Instapundit:

“‘Senate Republicans have scored an unexpected recruiting coup, with Rep. Cory Gardner (R) opting to challenge Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) this year, according to a person with knowledge of his plans. Gardner, who is considered the state’s top GOP rising star, previously said he would not run for Senate and would instead seek reelection in November.’ As important, failed Senate candidate Ken Buck has opted for the House race, avoiding a bitter primary and winning the gratitude of his party. This is a huge improvement for the GOP and puts yet another Senate seat in play.”

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Todd Akin, Sarah Steelman and Tea Party Express

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.

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Hypocritical Harry

Yesterday: Senate Majority Leader Reid Demands The House Stay In Session Over The Weekend. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Thursday morning slammed House Republicans for their decision to take “the weekend off,” a shot that comes as part of a mounting Democratic effort to turn up the heat on lower-chamber Republicans to compromise on a debt-ceiling deal. … Reid said in a floor speech it is “untoward, and that’s the kindest word I can say, to have the House of Representatives out this weekend.” Reid said their absence provides a “very bad picture for our country.” (National Journal, 7/21/11)

Today: Reid Cancels Weekend Senate Session. Sen Reid tell Senate nothing for it to do tomorrow or Sunday and therefore it will not have to be in session this weekend. (@MarkKnoller, 7/22/11)

Hat Tip to Brian Patrick in Maj Leader Cantor’s Office for these. Priceless