|Is DeMint demented for meddling in Texas Politics?|
In addition to the republican and democratic names mentioned above, the Tea Party is also getting in on the act. U.S. Senator Jim Demint considers David Dewhurst to be the candidate of Washington Insiders. The Houston Chronicle had an interesting piece on the TeaParty's foray into the Senate race, stating:
While DeMint didn't endorse any candidate that has either that announced they're running for Hutchison's seat or rumored to be considered a run -- he touted Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams and former Solicitor General Ted Cruz. The comments weren't looked on kindly by Texas Senator John Cornyn, who also chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). "Is that guy from Texas?" Cornyn asked.
The NRSC frequently did battle with DeMint-backed candidates in the 2010 Republican primaries. The GOP establishment has accused DeMint of costing the Republican Party seats in the Senate in 2010 because of his efforts, which played a part in the primary election wins of Christine O'Donnell and Sharon Angle.