Diary

NRSC Wakes Up & Comes to the Party!

Last night in the wake of Christine O’Donnell’s victory in Delaware over the NRSC favored candidate Mike Castle, we heard from officials at the NRSC that they would not be supporting O’Donnell. Well, as it happens, the person we didn’t hear from last night was John Cornyn and today, from Politico, he came to the party.

Let there be no mistake: The National Republican Senatorial Committee – and I personally as the committee’s chairman – strongly stand by all of our Republican nominees, including Christine O’Donnell in Delaware.

I reached out to Christine this morning, and as I have conveyed to all of our nominees, I offered her my personal congratulations and let her know that she has our support. This support includes a check for $42,000 – the maximum allowable donation that we have provided to all of our nominees – which the NRSC will send to her campaign today.

We remain committed to holding Democrat nominee New Castle County Executive Chris Coons accountable this November, as we inform voters about his record of driving his county to the brink of bankruptcy and supporting his party’s reckless spending policies in Washington.

In the weeks ahead, we will decide where to best allocate additional financial resources among the large number of competitive races at stake this November. While it’s not in Republicans’ interest to advertise our spending strategy to our opponents, it’s worth noting that just yesterday, the NRSC’s first independent expenditure ad aired in support of Dr. Rand Paul’s campaign in Kentucky, where we firmly believe that he will win in November.

It remains to be seen whether national Democrats will provide a similar level of support for many of their nominees, including in key battleground states like Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Arkansas, Illinois, and New Hampshire, among others. The Democrats’ indecision reflects the fact that Republicans are on offense in at least 12 Democrat-held states and we are leading in the polls in seven of those 12 states.

Finally, on the matter of the New Hampshire Senate race, while the results remain outstanding, we continue to monitor the Republican primary race, and we stand ready to fully support whichever candidate is chosen as the nominee.”

Hopefully Cornyn’s quick work (although last night would have been somewhat better) will put this issue to rest and we can focus on electing the Republican nominee in Delaware.

As an aside, I would also hope that the EntltledClass™ in DC starting with Mitch McConnell and his counterpart in the Republican Caucus in the House have finally gotten the message. You work for us. We’ll have to wait and see on that one for at least six months.