This is wrong on so many levels. First is the fact this is a Senate race not a House race with the Young Guns support. Second when Young Guns was formed it was so first time members running for the House would have financial resources to run AFTER they demonstrated they could also raise money. Then third and last is the fact that Lugar is an 80-year old incumbent, doesn't live in Indiana (cannot vote there according to the election board) and votes with the Democrats more than most.
No wonder Boehner made the comment that the Democrats have a 1 in 3 chance of taking back the House when you have a leader like Cantor throwing money around out of a fund that is there for new candidates they have recruited. How do they expect to keep getting donations if they are going to waste them on a Senate race of someone who should be retired but is being pushed by McConnell and the establishment Republicans.
Young Guns Support Elderly RINO
6:05 PM, Apr 25, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Politico reports that the Young Guns Network, "a group affiliated with two former aides to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor," just spent $104,628.00 to support six-term incumbent senator Richard Lugar in his primary battle to hold his seat against state treasurer Richard Mourdock. The money, according to disclosures, went to "mailers" in favor of the 80-year-old Lugar, who now looks likely to lose to his more conservative challenger.
"Young Guns ... was designed to help leaders like Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy chart a new course for the center-right movement and the House majority,” Young Guns Action Fund super PAC founder John Murray has said. It's not clear how this donation to Lugar furthers that cause. And it's not clear why Young Guns is meddling in a GOP Senate primary. Indeed, Mike Pence, another young gun-type House member who's now running for Indiana governor, has conspicuously failed to endorse Lugar for reelection.
More important: $100,000 could go a long way to supporting a Republican against a Democrat this year in a competitive House race. Is helping a six-term Senate incumbent who's not so conservative try to beat back a conservative primary challenge by someone who would hold the Senate seat for the GOP really the best use of that money? Is it the use donors to Young Guns expected? And if Lugar loses (as many expect), won't this expenditure be particularly embarrassing?Congressman Mike Pence is making the right decision not to endorse Lugar and be a hypocrite. Shame some others couldn't have taken a page from his book during the Presidential primary. Still wish Pence was running for President but now that everything has played out we can see why he didn't. He is going to be a terrific Governor for Indiana.
Republicans in Indiana need to get rid of Lugar this time -- he should not be running but Mitch McConnell and the establishment types want a more moderate in the Senate and no more conservatives.
I am just astounded at Cantor to do this so openly. What is to be gained? Is he planning to run for Senator for Virginia and wants McConnell and the establishment backing in the future? If he is, he is using money that doesn't belong to him but belongs to Young Guns to help new candidates not an old guy who should be retired.