Incumbent Republican Utah Senator Robert Bennett Loses GOP Nomination … Mike Lee & Tim Bridgewater Advance to Primary


Robert Bennett … No Soup for You!

Incumbent Utah Senator Robert Bennett has  lost the GOP nomination. Robert lost the nomination during the second round of voting as he finished in third place. Mike Lee and  Tim Bridgewater will advance to the June 22nd primary.

Sen. Robert Bennett lost his party’s nomination during the second round of voting at the GOP state convention Saturday, making the three-term Senator the first incumbent to fall in this volatile midterm election cycle.

Bennett finished in third place in the crucial second-round vote, garnering just 26 percent of the delegate’s support, well behind Tea Party-backed candidate Mike Lee and businessman Tim Bridgewater, who will advance to the June 22nd primary.

“The political atmosphere obviously has been toxic and it’s very clear that some of the votes I have cast have added to the toxic environment,” Bennett acknowledged in a brief media availability with reporters shortly after he was eliminated in the second round of voting.

The ballot went as follows at the GOP Convention:

Bennett was a distant third in the voting among roughly 3,500 delegates. He garnered just under 27 percent of the vote. Bridgewater had 37 percent and Lee 35 percent.

Bennett is the first incumbent to lose his seat in Washington this year, the victim of a conservative movement angered by rising taxes and the growth of government.

As stated at Conservatives 4 Palin, today’s results are a clear win for Conservatives. In a state as conservative as Utah, there is no reason why a RINO like Robert Bennett should have ever been the Senator.

Let this be a lesson to all Republicans … just because you are in incumbent RINO does not give you a free pass to another term. Hint, Lindsey Graham in SC and Corker & Alexander of TN. If you want to act like a RINO is a predominantly conservative state, you shall face the consequences.

This is not only a humiliating end to Bennett’s career in not being able to make it out of the second round and a victory for conservatives, but also a seminal moment for the Tea Party folks and the establishment GOP.The Tea Party is not for the status quo Republican is shows no qualities of what a GOP candidate is supposed to represent.

This shows that the Tea Party movement isn’t about restoring a Republican status quo.  The movement’s activists want real change, and real action to reverse the growth of government and the profligate spending that has gone on for far too long in Washington DC.  Republican incumbents nationwide should consider this a wake-up call.

In overwhelmingly predominant Republican states Republicans should be very careful to support spending bills like TARP, stimulus bill government spending, new entitlements or any more out of control fool hearty spending.

This is a shot across the bow and a wake up call to Republicans … you best head your voters warnings.

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  • Comments

    5 Responses to “Incumbent Republican Utah Senator Robert Bennett Loses GOP Nomination … Mike Lee & Tim Bridgewater Advance to Primary”

    1. Tea Party Triumph and Incumbents’ Warning? Utah GOP Convention Dumps Sen. Bob Bennet | The Moderate Voice on May 9th, 2010 10:37 am

      [...] –Scared Monkeys: In a state as conservative as Utah, there is no reason why a RINO like Robert Bennett should have ever been the Senator. [...]

    2. Scared Monkeys on May 9th, 2010 11:04 am

      Here is what the MSM, the LEFT and Moderates get confused about the Tea Party and the mood of the country.

      We are sick and tired of politicians who think it is their birth right to be elected Senator for LIFE. Sorry, you are not.

      I am for term limits and believe all Senators should at best have 2-3 terms, that’s it. Why do they need seniority? So they can bring home the pork! Thought we wanted to end that practice.

      I am sick and tired of watching C-SPAN and seeing 70 to 90 year old Senators. The Founding Fathers never had intended for citizen government to be a career. If we have term limits for Presidents, there is no reason why we do not have them for Reps and Senators and an over all amount of time that one can be in politics. Maybe if these clowns had to live in the real world, they would vote differently and actually listen to “WE THE PEOPLE”.

      Bennett’s comments after he was ousted are exactly the reason why he was given his walking papers. Your votes have consequences … all politicians better start understanding that right here and now.

      Democrats are about to learn a lesson in civic this November of what it is like to vote against the will of the people.

      On a bigger point as regards to Bennett, the people if given a primary choice were not going to vote for him. UTAH is very conservative, Bennett recently showed himself to not be so with his backing of TARP and healthcare.

      No one is telling San Francisco that they have to elect a more moderate candidate than Nancy Pelosi, to the MSM and liberal blogs can suck eggs when they try and tell a conservative state who they have to vote for.


    3. A Texas Grandfather on May 9th, 2010 7:45 pm

      This is a wake up call for all incumbent politicians.
      The Tea Party movement is all about removing the catagoy of career politicians. This is going to extend from the local goverment offices,thru to the state level and finally to the Federal Level.
      Our founding fathers never intended to have a political class. They had experienced this with the English and found it to be intollerable.
      They clearly understood that statesmen and a political class cannot co-exist.
      I attended two tea party gatherings the first day they were held, one in the mornimg and another in the evening. In both cases, the people recognized that the major problem in our government was career politicians and bureaucrats.

    4. Just Bearly on May 10th, 2010 7:51 am

      No incumbents safe. Get out to Vote this fall for the real deal change!! (Lower taxes and less government control in our lives!!)

    5. Sour Grapes Ousted GOP Utah Senator Bob Bennett Says, ” GOP has many slogans, but few ideas” | Scared Monkeys on June 30th, 2010 8:52 pm

      [...] group. Well then, I guess the Utah folks did the right thing at the Republican party convention and ridded them self of this malcontent. But I guess he was different. If he had been picked to run again as the GOP candidate for Senator, [...]

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