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  House conservatives seek the right Senate
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Last EditedTony82  Jun 17, 2004 01:44pm
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News DateWednesday, June 16, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionDismayed at what they see as a lack of strong conservative principles on the other side of the Capitol, a group of House lawmakers is laying plans to elect more conservative Republicans to the Senate.

More than 20 House conservatives met recently at the Hunan Dynasty on Capitol Hill to discuss how to put some conservative backbone into the Senate, among other political and legislative priorities. Many of them believe that Republican centrists in the Senate are as much to blame as Democrats for their policy frustrations....

House conservatives want to focus their financial support initially on Senate races in four states: Colorado, where former House conservative Bob Schaffer is squaring off against beer scion Pete Coors in a Republican primary; South Carolina, where Rep. Jim DeMint (R), a Republican Study Committee member, is facing former Gov. David Beasley (R); Oklahoma, where former Rep. Tom Coburn (R), a one-time leading House conservative who clashed often with his leadership, is running against two Republicans; and Louisiana, where Rep. David Vitter is the only Republican in an open primary.
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