Last week EOW posted on Rep. John Carter’s falling out with the tea party in his district, Tea party Blowback in Salado. He also warned of consequences of agovernment shutdown to defund Obamacare. And now Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is having his own issues with the tea party, How The Uber-Conservative John Cornyn Ticked Off The Tea Party.
Tea Party groups have begun directing their fire in recent weeks at a counterintuitive target: Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX).
On paper, the Republican minority whip is an unusual target for Tea Party guns. Cornyn has been one of the most conservative members of the Senate since he was first elected to the chamber in 2002. National Journal ranks Cornyn the second most conservative member of the Senate. He has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, has won multiple awards from the anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform, has a 0 percent rating from the pro-choice NARAL and a 100 percent rating from the National Right To Life Committee.
That’s not good enough for some Tea Partiers now.
Tea Party groups’ ire centers on Cornyn’s decision in late July to remove his signature from a letter by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) expressing strong support to defund Obamacare in any debt limit or government funding bill. Cornyn was one of a number of senators who had originally signed the letter a few days before he changed his mind and removed his signature.
At the time, Cornyn’s office said the senator supports defunding Obamacare but not at the risk of a government shutdown. Cornyn’s office maintains that he has been fighting “tooth and nail” against Obamacare. Cornyn spokesman Drew Brandewie noted that the senator was one of the original cosponsors of Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) original bill to defund Obamacare.
But that’s not enough for the tea party crowd.
I wish I could say I felt sorry for these guys. But they used the tea party when it benefitted them, and now that they don’t want to shutdown the government, (which would likely hurt their investment portfolios), they don’t know how to get rid of them. For Cornyn’s part, at this time, he doesn’t appear to have a scary primary opponent like David Dewhurst did.