Poor Rick Santorum. A few months ago, he was being hailed by his GOP brethren as a leading
White House contender. Now it looks like the gay-bashing golden boy, who is running for a third term in Pennsylvania, may
not even make it back to the Senate. According to a poll published yesterday in The Hill, the devoutly Catholic candidate is now trailing Democrat Bob Casey by 16 points. But as
Santorum’s campaign has lost steam, Capital Hill sources say his support from RNC heavies has also evaporated. The blow-dried
bible-thumper, who launched his campaign with a giant war chest, is also being deserted by the party’s major moneymen,
who are focusing their largesse on more competitive candidates.
“This is how the Republicans operate,” sighs a veteran GOP campaign manager close to Santorum.
“Even if you agree with their agenda, they’ll abandon you if you’re behind in the polls and move on
to the next-most important race.”
Increasingly dubious about Santorum’s chances, Capitol Hill sources report GOP powerbrokers have refocused
their attentions—and dollars—on Doug Forrester, a little-known party hack who’s currently embroiled in a
dead heat race with multi-millionaire Democrat Jon Corzine for New Jersey’s governorship.
“The party is pouring millions of dollars in PAC money into Forrester’s coffers, but most of that
money was previously earmarked for Rick,” reports a well-placed Republican senate staffer. “It’s disgusting.
Rick used to be Bush’s biggest booster on issues like stem-cell research, Social Security, and the Iraq war. Now the
White House won’t even take his phone calls.”
Radar Online, Oct 20, 2005
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