Another one bites the dust.
Sen. John Ensign, R-NV announced today that he will not seek re-election.
Citing the consequences of an affair with a staffer’s wife, the two term senator’s announcement brings to eight the number of Republican senators who will not seek re-election in 2012.
Several PCs from Clark County, NV contacted Unified Patriots and let us know about some conversations they had been having with Ensign and with Ensign’s staff. Â Every one of these contacts had mentioned to Ensign their plans to present a primary challenger in the NV senate race. While neither the Clark County nor Nevada Republican parties could vote officially to oppose a Republican incumbent, enough Precinct Committeemen and state/county officers apparently made their private and personal feelings known to Ensign.
Clark County, NV is Las Vegas. Â As goes Clark County, so usually goes the rest of sparsely populated NV. Â And this author happens to know that Clark County has a particularly strong PC movement determined to bring true conservative values back to the Republican Party.
Early reports from other new sources indicate that Sharron Angle will not be seeking the seat.
When you are a Precinct Committeeman in a Â Central Committee meeting room, even US Senators listen to you very, very carefully, regardless of what your entire committee votes to do, or who to endorse.
Update: as further reports trickle in, it’s apparent that only 30-40 PCs in Clark were highly persuasive. Â Clark County, NV has a county “Tea Party” GOP chair who is pretty well-known for listening closely to the PCs. Â Combine that with the fact that the rural county chairpeople were “tea party” before there really was a national tea party movement, and the fact that Ensign was just travelling the state for all the Lincoln Day GOP dinners, and you have pretty compelling evidence that the PCs had their way on Ensign’s next candidacy.
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