Poor Sen. Dan Liljenquist, who thought he could ride on the tea party express found out that the primary reason for his loss was just that, the tea party
FreedomWorks, Tea Party Group, Sees Tactics Backfire In Utah GOP Outrageous
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) appears likely to have fended off what seemed not too long ago to be a very viable Tea Party challenge. The Utah Republican, who has pledged that this would be his last term, did well in his state's GOP caucus last night, nearly two years after Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) famously lost his bid for reelection.
But while Hatch's good showing in and of itself was surprising, so too was the explanation for why former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist didn't do better. From the AP:
Based on media reports from around the state and postings on Twitter from caucus attendees, many attendees were frustrated by the tea party-affiliated group FreedomWorks, which spent more than $600,000 on advertising attacking Hatch. That could pose a problem for Liljenquist, because many people associate him with the group.
Liljenquist echoed those concerns and said he wants to make sure delegates understand that the support given to him by FreedomWorks doesn't mean he is beholden to the group or even the broader tea party movement. Liljenquist was named the group's "Legislative Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2011.
The notion that FreedomWorks' aggressive politics can occasionally turn off voters isn't all that shocking; that it could turn off voters in deeply red Utah is more so. The group's executive director, Russ Walker, downplayed the reports in the same AP article. Yet Liljenquist's decision to distance himself publicly from the Tea Party group speaks to how the climate has changed here from just two years ago.
Here's another one of the tea party that at one times said he was all for limited government, family values and God. I guess he forgot to mention rape too.
San Diego Tea Party spokesman arrested
Police say they have arrested a spokesman for the San Diego Tea Party for investigation of kidnapping a woman and sexually assaulting her last month.
Authorities tell UT San Diego that 50-year-old Michael Kobulnicky was arrested Thursday without incident outside of his home. He is currently being held without bail.
Police say a 56-year-old woman was walking home on Feb. 25 when a man drove up and offered her a ride. She accepted, but the man drove past her house, pulled her out of the car and assaulted her before driving off.
Video surveillance caught images of the suspect before the attack and numerous tips to police led to the arrest of Kobulnicky.