Tea Partyers Give Sen. Bennett the Boot
Posted on May 9, 2010
Bob Bennett, three-term Republican senator from Utah, has been ousted from running for re-election by the conservative tea party movement after he was deemed unfit (he supported health care reform). Bennett came in third at the state Republican convention in Salt Lake City.
State law prohibits Bennett from pulling a Joe Lieberman and running as an independent. The senator’s only recourse is to run as a write-in candidate, as his name will not appear on the ballot. —JCL
The conservative Tea Party movement in the US has blocked a three-term Republican senator from Utah, Bob Bennett, in his bid for re-election.
Sen Bennett came third at a Republican Party convention in Salt Lake City.
The two challengers, one backed by the Tea Party, will face each other in a primary next month for the right to contest November’s Midterm elections.
It is the first major victory for the grassroots movement that objects to big government and opposes high spending.
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Sen. Bob Bennett says that, looking back, he wouldn’t have voted any differently on the issues that got him in hot water with conservatives.