“I didn’t hear from them and they didn’t hear from me until just after the primary. They were certainly more excited when my primary opponent got into the race than when I got into the race,” said Buck, who recalled several GOP Senators came to Colorado to raise funds for his opponent, former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton.
Buck went on to upset Norton in the GOP primary, and, he added, the committee was “tremendously helpful” in the general election — although Buck narrowly lost his bid to Sen. Michael Bennet (D).
Other candidates went public with their dissatisfaction with the NRSC in the middle of the 2010 cycle.
Christine O’Donnell, who upset moderate Rep. Mike Castle in the Delaware Senate primary, complained on national television that she did not have enough resources from the national party. Immediately following O’Donnell’s primary win, there were reports the NRSC would not support her general election bid. After the resulting pressure from the tea party, Cornyn reached out to O’Donnell and transferred the maximum allowable $42,000 to her campaign.
It’s highly unlikely that Cornyn will find himself in a similar situation this cycle.
“I understand from statements made by Sen. Cornyn that they’re going to take a different approach this time around,” Lamontagne said.