Tea party already gearing up for ’12

January 26, 2011

By Joseph Weber, The Washington Times

The tea party movement that helped elect dozens of fiscal conservatives in 2010 to give Republicans control of the House is already mobilizing and recruiting candidates in a bid to take over the Senate next year as well.

With the 2012 electoral cycle just getting started, hopefuls backed by the tea party from Indiana and Texas to Virginia and Maine are testing the waters, targeting both vulnerable Democrats and incumbent Republicans seen as insufficiently willing to embrace the group’s strong anti-spending, anti-debt agenda.

In Indiana over the weekend, some 70 state tea party organizations met to unify under the coalition Hoosiers for a Conservative Senate and discuss a primary challenge to longtime moderate GOP Sen. Richard G. Lugar.

“We’re not happy with Sen. Lugar’s progressive, liberal stance that has worsened over the years,” said Monica Boyer, president of the Kosciusko County-based tea party group Silent No More.

Indiana conservatives are particularly upset with Mr. Lugar, a six-term incumbent, over his votes for Obama-backed initiatives such as the START missile treaty with Russia and Dream Act legislation easing rules for some illegal immigrants. Despite the string of tea party primary challenges to moderate Republicans in the 2010 midterms, Mr. Lugar has made it clear in recent days that he will be running again.

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