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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Who Said The Tea Party Is Dead?

We win another one:
Veteran Republican Senator Lugar defeated in Indiana
By Nick Carey and Eric Johnson, Reuters

Senator Richard Lugar, a 35-year veteran of the Senate and leading foreign policy voice, was defeated in the Indiana Republican primary by a Tea Party-backed challenger on Tuesday, the first Senate incumbent ousted in the 2012 election year.

Lugar conceded defeat to challenger Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who attacked the soft-spoken Senator for votes in support of Democratic President Barack Obama.

"My public service is not concluded," Lugar told supporters in Indianapolis. "I look forward to what can be achieved in the Senate in the next eight months despite a very difficult national election atmosphere."

The defeat of Lugar gives a boost to the Tea Party movement, which wants to force deep cuts in government spending and reduce the size of the federal government. [link]
From the National Rifle Association:
Statement from Chris W. Cox on Richard Mourdock's Significant Win in the Indiana U.S. Senate Primary Election

Thanks to your votes, Richard Mourdock has won the Republican primary election for U.S. Senate in Indiana defeating 36-year incumbent, Sen. Richard Lugar. Since the 1990s, Sen. Lugar has become notorious for his zealous support of gun control schemes and his fervent anti-gun positions.

Your NRA was fully vested in this race with a comprehensive campaign that encompassed thousands of radio and television ads in the months before the today's primary election. This effort also included 600,000 web ads. The media campaign was also supplemented by a concentrated advocacy and get-out-the-vote phone and mail program. All in all, nearly 500,000 phone calls were made and nearly 700,000 pieces of mail were sent in this remarkable victory for freedom.

Together we made a difference in this race. But, as always, what mattered most in this race was your vote. Thanks to Indiana gun owners, one of the most anti-gun Senators will no longer be in the U.S. Senate.
For the record, here's Lugar's anti-gun legacy:

● He voted to confirm both Elena Kagan, and Sonya Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, one of only four Republican Senators to vote for both. (Vote 262, 8/6/2009, and Vote 229, 8/5/2010)
● He voted to reinstate the ban on commonly owned semi-automatic rifles. (Vote 24, 03/02/2004). He voted for the original semi-automatic firearm ban. (Vote 375, 11/17/1993)
● He voted for passage of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) in 2004 only after the semi-auto ban and gun show regulations had been added to the bill, making it unacceptable. (Vote 30, 3/2/2004). In 2005, he also voted for PLCAA, but he also supported a gutting amendment that failed. (Vote 208, 7/28/2005)
He voted for the Brady bill. (Vote 394, 11/20/1993)
● He voted for campaign finance reform. (Vote 64, 4/2/2001)
● He voted for legislation to regulate gun shows out of existence. (Vote 111, 5/20/1999, Vote 134, 5/20/1999 and Vote 25, 3/2/2004)
● He voted to ban the importation of standard capacity magazines. (Vote 240, 7/28/1998, Vote 116, 5/13/1999)
● He voted to mandate that a trigger lock be included with every handgun. (Vote 17, 2/26/2004)
● He voted against interstate right to carry reciprocity. (Vote 237, 7/22/2009)
● He voted against a bill to restore the Second Amendment rights to DC residents. (Vote 160, 2/26/2009)
● He voted to commend the "Million Mom March", which has called for gun registration, gun show restrictions, and the semi-auto ban. (Vote 104, 5/17/2000)
● He voted to ban using the Internet to list a firearms for sale for anyone other than licensed dealers. (Vote 119, 5/14/1999 He voted to ban hunting in the Mojave National Monument. (Vote 87, 4/12/1994) [link]

Lugar voted for the Brady bill. That's why the press loved him and labeled him a moderate.

Well, the "moderate" is gone.

Let freedom ring.

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From Tea Party Express:

Dear Friends,

Last year, the Tea Party Express held a press conference in Indiana along with many local Tea Party groups and endorsed Richard Mourdock for U.S. Senate and announced that one of our top priorities in 2012 would be to defeat RINO U.S. Senator Dick Lugar.

With your support and dedication, we did it!

Richard Mourdock defeats Dick Lugar!

We all should be excited and proud that we sent a message load and clear that the Tea Party is alive and well in 2012. We announced that if our politicians are careless and frivolous with taxpayer's money, we will go after you, no matter what side of the aisle you are on.

Republican Senator Dick Lugar had been sitting in office for more than 35 years, slowly drifting further and further away from the basic ideals conservatives and Republicans are supposed to stand for. Lugar voted for the TARP bailout, voted to bailout Fannie and Freddie, voted against banning earmarks, and has repeatedly voted against cutting wasteful government spending.

Now, we can all rejoice that we have a nominee in Richard Mourdock that will stand up for Tea Party values and fiscal responsibility.

This was the first Tea Party vs Establishment battle of the cycle and we sent a powerful message to the powers-that-be: WE THE PEOPLE WILL NOT BE SILENCED!

The tea party is not only alive and well, but today we showed we are ready to achieve even more historic election victories in 2012. As we have been saying, tea party supporters are busy in campaigns for conservatives across the country. They have a focus now on winning elections, not just attending rallies and venting their frustration with the Washington insiders who continue to spend America into deeper financial woes.

Whether that means voting out a 36-year incumbent republican in Indiana who has lost his conservative edge or a liberal freshman Democrat in Missouri, the tea party movement is poised for more success in 2012. Americans are tired of the out of control spending, unsustainable debt and growing intrusiveness of the federal government.
Here's to ya, fellas. Ya done good by the American people.

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The message to the establishment is, ‘You’re our servants. We’re the masters. Do what you’re supposed to do, adhere to the Constitution or we’ll fire you.'"