Operation Rescue has called on 1st District Candidate Rob Wasinger to withdraw from the race, because, it seems, he isn’t polling high enough five months away from the primary.
Says the release:
Wasinger is struggling because he is considered by many Kansans to be a Washington insider since he spent the majority of the last two decades living in Washington, D.C. where he has been out of touch with the issues facing the people of Western Kansas.
While Wasinger is considered to be pro-life, his presence in the race could draw away votes from a more experienced and proven pro-life conservative to the extent that the worst of the candidates could potentially win.
And who could this “…more experienced and proven pro-life conservative be”?
Well, Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, has given the Huelskamp campaign $250 in the last quarter of 2009. He said, in the same release:
“Too often pro-life candidates defeat themselves and hurt pro-life efforts by running against each other in primary elections, thereby splitting the pro-life vote and allowing the liberal or moderate, big tent Republican to get elected. Wasinger can’t win, and if he stays in the race he will act as a ‘spoiler,’ ensuring that the best man will not make it to Washington, D.C.”.
Let’s keep a few things in mind here. First, there are several candidates polling lower than Wasinger in the Big First race, and nobody has asked them to step aside. Second, the author of the Operation Rescue press release is a contributor to Huelskamp. Do your own math here.