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Washington Examiner: Conservative rebellion against Washington GOP establishment heating up

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From Mark Scott, editor of the Washington Examiner’s Editorial Page: Things really came to a head when the NRSC’s chairman, Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX, endorsed Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to succeed the retiring Sen. Mel Martinez. Crist actively supported President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package, and has signed multiple tax hikes. Cornyn’s endorsement came despite the well-known plans of popular conservative Marco Rubio, the dynamic young speaker of the Florida House, to seek the Martinez seat. An interncecine war between…

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CQ: Conservatives bash John Cornyn, threaten to withhold donations to GOP

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From CQ: The Texas Republican in charge of helping his party win Senate seats recently moved to narrow the field in Florida’s 2010 primary but now faces a much wider problem: an incendidary backlash by the conservative movement. As soon as Gov. Charlie Crist made the long-anticipated announcement that he would run, John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, gave Crist a quick and hearty endorsement, even though another Republican, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, wants the…

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New blog — Not One Red Cent — calls for NRSC boycott over Charlie Crist endorsement

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This is a great example of the power of the blogosphere giving an outlet to someone whose voice would have likely gone unheard from. From Not One Red Cent, a new anti-Charlie Crist, anti-NRSC blog: On May 12, 2009, The National Republican Senatorial Committee betrayed its mission, betrayed Republican voters, and betrayed the Reagan legacy. The NRSC sided with an establishment candidate, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, in a Senate primary against young conservative leader, former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio.…

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Brevard GOP rebukes national party for endorsing Charlie Crist in primary

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In a rare move, the local arm of the Republican Party Thursday voted to rebuke the national party, saying the GOP overstepped its bounds in endorsing Gov. Charlie Crist in next year’s Senate race to replace fellow Republican Mel Martinez. At least two other Republicans, including former Speaker of the Florida House Marco Rubio have said they intend to run for the vacant Senate seat. In its monthly meeting this week, the Brevard Republican Executive Committee voted to send a…

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