Wednesday, June 22, 2005

A battle for the heart of the Florida GOP

Florida Senator Jim King, a political fixture for twenty years, is facing a primary challenge from the right next year. And not just any challenge -- his newly announced opponent is Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue and promoter of violence against abortion providers. Terry is also on record as calling for a Christian nation:
We have a biblical duty, we are called by God to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want pluralism. ... Theocracy means God rules. I've got a hot flash. God rules.
As the Jacksonville story noted, this is really another fight for the soul of the GOP (with shades of the Specter-Toomey battle last year):
new elephantThe contest is already centering itself as a core fight over Republicanism. King is a social moderate and fiscal conservative who has sometimes clashed with the right-wing elements of the party. Terry says the district has no room for moderation and that he can better represent Republican principles.
Expect poor Terry Schiavo to be in the midst of the fray again; King was one of the few Republicans to vote against Congressional action in the matter.

(via XOverboard)

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