Every Republican should be pleased that these tea party candidates chose to run in our primaries. In the vast majority of cases, their participation was welcomed, even cultivated, by GOP leaders—and rightly so.
In the course of our Republican primaries, tea party candidates prevailed on several occasions, sometimes defeating the so-called establishment candidate, as in Delaware. Some losing candidates and their supporters want to cry foul, and they are being egged on by a left wing eager to give its agenda a second chance by splitting the vote of those opposed to the Obama agenda. Without dividing the antistatist coalition, the left can’t win in November.
Republican and tea party voters united means Mr. Obama defeated. As a former Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman and the current chairman of the Republican Governors’ Association (RGA), I urge Republicans not to help the left wing split our vote.
When the Republican voters of a state choose a party nominee in an open process like a primary, we Republican leaders must support the nominee.
Governor Haley Barbour