Senator Roy Blunt would really like to be the next Senate Republican Conference Vice Chair, but the guy can't even get support at home. Later today, during the weekly Republican Conference Lunch, Blunt will face off with ultra-conservative Ron Johnson of Wisconsin who has support from other Tea Party darlings such as Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Jim DeMint of South Carolina, as well as the two republicans running to join Johnson in the senate primary race in Wisconsin.
One would think, given that they would all like to be Missouri's next senator and be able to serve with Blunt, that Todd Akin, John Brunner and Sarah Steelman would announce their support of the hometown guy Blunt, but each one of them have taken a pass on any endorsement.
- Akin: A spokesman for Akin said he had “no comment” on Blunt’s election.
- Brunner: “Not one person has mentioned they are concerned about a leadership election in Washington where nobody running for U.S. Senate in Missouri has a vote.”
- Steelman: A spokesman for Steelman said her campaign “hasn’t even paid attention to it.”
Not exactly a ringing endorsement for the man they'd all like to join in the Senate.
Perhaps this lack of support from fellow republican senators and the folks back home is further indicative of Blunt's current title of "Most Unpopular Freshman." From the sounds of it, his standing hasn't improved much.