Barney Keller

NRSC Chair Says Nice Things about Big Government Republicans

NRSC Chairman Jerry Moran

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has a stated policy of not getting involved in GOP primary races. But with control of the Senate possibly up for grabs next year, there is a temptation for some to promote certain candidates whose records shows a willingness to preserve the status quo in Washington. During an interview yesterday on C-SPAN, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) came pretty close to endorsing two establishment candidates running for open Senate seats in South Dakota and West Virginia:

In an interview Sunday on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers,” Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) said he had “great confidence and faith” in Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W. Va.) and former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds, the Republican front-runners to capture seats held by a pair of retiring Democrats.

She seems to be clearly on her way to being nominated as the Republican candidate in West Virginia,” the campaign committee chairman said of Capito, calling her “a great House member.” Moran was nearly as effusive in praising Rounds, describing the former two-term governor as an “outstanding candidate.”

The NRSC has been criticized for supporting establishment candidates, including open seats in solidly Republican states, when there were more conservative challengers running. Perhaps the best example of this came just last year when the NRSC backed David Dewhurst over Ted Cruz in the open Senate seat in Texas.

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