If one ever needed proof that establishment Republicans and Democrats amount to one party rule in Washington, look no further than this story.
Former Republican Senator Richard Lugar’s leadership political action committee, The 19th Star PAC, sent $5,000 on Dec. 12 to Democrat Michelle Nunn, who will face the winner of the Republican primary for Saxby Chambliss’s seat. Chambliss, a Republican, is retiring.
Nunn also received a donation from another Republican, former Virginia Senator, John Warner.
Lugar’s PAC has also been busy in some primary races, backing establishment Republican candidates, of course. Some might suggest this is simply more proof that many long-in-the-tooth establishment Republicans have more in common with their Democrat colleagues in Washington, D.C., than they do with the GOP’s conservative base.
Lugar’s PAC also made donations in November and December to Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) of Kentucky, Minority Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) of Texas, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) of Tennessee, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) of Mississippi, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) of Maine, Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) of Kansas.
All were facing challenges in the Republican primary at the time of the donations. Enzi challenger Liz Cheney dropped her bid today.