Sign of things to come? The Republican Party seems to be having some trouble getting candidates to run in key 2016 races.
In South Dakota, conservatives blasted the GOP establishment pick, former Gov. Mike Rounds (R), on day one of his candidacy.
Tea Party darling Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) chose not to run, and conservatives insist privately they weren’t pleased with her legislative record, citing her lifetime score of 62 percent on the Club for Growth scorecard.
But without her in the race, it’s unclear if a conservative candidate will emerge with the name recognition and fundraising ability to launch a credible challenge.
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) also received sharp criticism from both the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) and the Club for Growth when she announced her intentions to run for Senate in West Virginia late last year.
Thus far, however, only former state Rep. Pat McGeehan (R) has emerged as an alternative — and neither conservative group has endorsed him yet.
In Louisiana, Tea Party stalwart Jeff Landry, a former congressman, decided against challenging Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) for the Republican Senate nomination, despite some grumbling within the state about his conservative credentials.