I’ll admit it; I’ve been guilty of labeling Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson as the “Tea Party” candidate, given Johnson’s appearances at two Tea Party rallies before he declared himself a candidate for the Senate, but in a statement issued on Wednesday, a coalition of Tea Party groups made it clear they’re not formally backing either of the Republicans running for the Senate.
“In fact, the coalition of Tea Party/Patriot groups in Wisconsin has not endorsed any candidate in any race,” the statement read. “Nor does it align with any political party.”
Kirsten Lombard of the Wisconsin 9/12 Project said she and other coalition members simply don’t know where Johnson stands on most issues.
“None of us in the coalition have had the time to vet him,” she said.
It’ll be interesting to see if either of the two remaining Republicans running for the Senate are able to sew up the support and endorsement of the tea party movement, especially in the case of Dave Westlake, because the backing of the state’s various Tea Party organizations would no doubt help Westlake counteract Ron Johnson’s very deep pockets (which I hear are even deeper than Terrence Wall’s).