A well-known favorite of the Tea Party movement is planning to announce a House bid Monday, setting up a challenge to an NRCC-favored candidate.
Fox News analyst Angela McGlowan will announce her bid against Rep. Travis Childers (D-MS) today in Oxford. She will face state Sen. Alan Nunnelee (R) and ex-Eupora Mayor Henry Ross (R) in the June 1 primary.
Before announcing her bid, McGlowan addressed the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville this weekend. She strongly hinted at her impending bid and won a quick endorsement from WorldNetDaily editor in chief Joseph Farah, who spoke after her.
McGlowan’s candidacy will put the NRCC in an awkward spot. Nunnelee is a highly-touted recruit, and he’s already been promoted to the “Contender” tier of the “Young Guns” program. Inclusion among the Young Guns does not denote an endorsement — several members face each other in primaries — but the NRCC has long been optimistic about Nunnelee.
“We welcome her to the race. Obviously, Sen. Nunnelee has been in there for a while and has turned out to be one of the best candidates for us this cycle,” said NRCC spokesperson Andy Sere. “They’ll have a primary, and Northern Mississippi voters will decide.”
Privately, GOP sources question how serious McGlowan’s candidacy will be. She has been a lobbyist for Steve Wynn’s gambling empire — something that won’t be as acceptable to voters in the northern-based 1st district as it would be to voters in the state’s gambling-friendly coast.
Plus, she’s from the wrong part of the district. Childers represents an area stretching from the Memphis suburbs in the west to Tupelo in the east. McGlowan’s base in Oxford is in a less populated area. And GOPers who favor Nunnelee already have opposition research featuring some of McGlowan’s past interviews.