The result of a recent special Congressional election in New York has raised concerns for some GOP officials.
On May 24, Democrat Kathy Hochul pulled off an upset by winning a district traditionally held by Republicans. According to The Hill, some GOP officials claim that Jack Davis, who ran as a member of the Tea Party and who received 8 percent of the votes, prevented Republican Jane Corwin from picking up the victory.
Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who is a member of the Tea Party Caucus, has stated that a Tea Party candidate may emerge in the 2012 Presidential race if the GOP nominates a centrist candidate.
“It’s a real danger if we nominate someone who is clearly moderate and not espousing conservative views. It’s a real danger,” said DeMint, quoted by the news provider.
DeMint added that the Republican Presidential candidate should endorse Representative Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) budget proposal to cut Medicare spending. Conservative lawmakers are hopeful that the GOP will nominate a candidate who appeals to the conservative base, instead of playing it safe by choosing a moderate.
According to The Huffington Post, Tea Party group FreedomWorks has organized a campaign that will attempt to derail the political aspirations of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, a likely candidate for the GOP nomination.
“Romney has a record and we don’t really like it that much,” Adam Brandon, the communications director for FreedomWorks, told the media outlet.