I stumbled upon a recent article in National Review titled “the hot race nobody is talking about.”
The article discusses the election between Republican Senators Ron Johnson and Roy Blunt for vice chairman of the conference. The election is Tuesday.
RedState founder Erick Erickson, for example, is touting the race, which pits Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) against Sen. Roy Blunt (R., Mo.), as ?the most important fight for conservatives in America.?…
?I like both senators tremendously,? Erickson writes, ?but for conservatives, Ron Johnson is a no-brainer here. Senator Blunt?s thinking is the same thinking that has plagued Senate Republicans for a decade now ? the same old ideas and same old strategies.? Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica, concurs. Johnson, he argues, is ?a champion for the principles of conservatives,? whereas Blunt is a ?creature of the establishment.?…
The vice chairman?s slot initially became available in September when the current conference chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.), announced his intention to step down from the No. 3 leadership position. Sen. John Thune (R., S.D.), who holds the No. 4 spot as policy chairman, is running unopposed to replace him. Current vice chairman Sen. John Barrasso (R., Wyo.) is expected to succeed Thune.
I’m hoping Ron Johnson can pull this race out. I have really enjoyed his interviews on TV and appreciate the type of campaign he ran in Wisconsin last year to defeat Russ Feingold.
Side note: It’s good to see that Senator Thune is unopposed for the number 3 spot.