Possible Split In GOP Leadership Over How To Handle MS-01

It is no secret that the First District favorite in the GOP primary among the party leadership is State Sen. Alan Nunnelee (R-Tupelo). Nunnelee has received donations from the likes of Gov. Haley Barbour, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA). They certainly have not been going around campaigning for Nunnelee but their implied support is there.

The NRCC considered Nunnelee’s entrance into the race last summer a major win for the party’s recruitment efforts. However, we know today that Nunnelee will not exactly have smooth sailing into the general election against Rep. Travis Childers, and that is causing some in the NRCC to take a second look at how they handle this, and how involved they should be until the primary is over.

Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY) said that the NRCC should proceed with caution as FoxNews analyst Angela McGlowan enters the race. He said they should “give some time to see how the situation develops.” Davis is helping the NRCC’s recruiting efforts and met with McGlowan when she was recently making the rounds on Capitol Hill.

A couple of other GOP insiders, however, did not take kindly to Davis’ suggestion. One source said, “I don’t see the logic of Geoff Davis going out there and being supportive of anybody other than the guy who has already gone out there and outraised and outworked the incumbent.” Another source also said Davis’ comments could affect Nunnelee’s ability to raise money for the time being from certain sources.

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