In a restructuring of the National Republican Senatorial Committee led by McConnell, second from right, Cruz, right, was selected as vice chairman for grass-roots outreach while Moran won the NRSC chairman post.
Moran hails from a solid Republican state and did not face tough competition in his only general election Senate campaign. But he won the GOP Senate nomination in a brutal primary against an opponent with more support among national conservative figures, including Sarah Palin, and that experience could come in handy for a party that has lost winnable races in recent elections because it failed to nominate the more electable candidate.
“He knows how these things work,” said the source familiar with Moran’s thinking. “A year from now his skeptics will not be skeptics anymore.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.