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Cornyn to DeMint: Shut Up!

By on 11.19.10 | 12:51PM

According to Roll Call, the jousting between Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) didn't stop on Election Day.

Sen. John Cornyn said during a closed-door meeting Tuesday that he expects colleagues to bring their concerns to him about candidates he recruits as National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman - and not to help mount challenges against them, Republicans familiar with the meeting said Thursday.

Although not mentioned by name, the Republicans said the Texas lawmaker's speech was clearly intended for the ears of Sen. Jim DeMint.

The South Carolina Republican backed a number of conservative "outsider" candidates this year who won tough primaries against establishment candidates favored by Cornyn, only to be defeated by what had been seen as weak Democratic candidates.

Some of them were certainly defeated. Others like Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey, and Mike Lee won. (Though I know DeMint's role in Lee's challenge is disputed.)

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