Surely former Speaker John Boehner is smiling this morning after Tuesday’s Republican primary in Kansas’s very red First District ended in the defeat of Freedom Caucus member Tim Huelskamp who was a driving force against Boehner. Politico headlined, “GOP Civil War Comes to Kansas.”
Huelskamp lost even with help from Senator Ted Cruz and conservative radio hosts Sean Hannity and Mark Levin, and even with $800,000 dumped into the race by Americans for Prosperity and the Club for Growth plus another $200,000 from fellow Freedom Caucus members.
His Republican opponent, 55-year-old Roger Marshall, an obstetrician and former Army reservist, was backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts’ “Ending Spending” group.
Ironically, Huelskamp complained that his opponent was trying to buy the election. Pot, meet kettle.