1. Pennsylvania 12th Congressional House race
Introduction: "Pennsylvania State Republican Party (PSRP) officials did not want William 'Bill' Russell running for the 12th Congressional District after Democrat Congressman John Murtha died on February 8, 2010, after serving 34 years in the House.
Beyond general anecdotal comments to the effect that Russell was "too conservative," party officials never said why they didn't want him.
Conclusion: "The PSRP establishment picked businessman Tim Burns to represent the Party in the Special Election. Burns had co-founded, and eventually sold, TechRx - a pharmaceutical technology company.
In the Special Election on May 18, Burns was defeated by the Democrat candidate, Mark Critz, a former Murtha aide. Critz completed Murtha's term and was the incumbent for the November election. At the polls, the official Republican establishment position was to 'Vote for Tim Burns twice,' as if Burns was the endorsed candidate in both races. That was not accurate, but the party establishment worked hard to send the message that Burns was the only approved Republican candidate. Luksik [Russell's campaign chair] states that, 'They did not want Bill. Period. End.' In the November election, Critz beat Burns 52.6% - 45.1%."
....7. Illinois G.O.P. Central Committee - The "Illinois Combine"
Introduction: "On June 1, 2013, the Illinois State Republican Central Committee (IRCC) elected John 'Jack' Dorgan as its Chair and showed how 'The Combine' works.
In Illinois, there's only one political party. It's The Combine -- the collaborative combination of Democrat and Republican politicians and party officials who work together to harvest the taxpayers' money.
The Tea Party organizations in Illinois are up against The Combine. Understanding what that means requires understanding what The Combine is, and how it operates."
Conclusion: "In Illinois there are not really two political parties. There's just one - The Combine. There are, of course, individual exceptions - Senator Peter Fitzgerald was one. Bucking The Combine, though, is not a career enhancement move for any politician, regardless of party branding.
After he was elected as the new Chair of the Illinois Republican State Central Committee, John 'Jack' Dorgan said he wanted the GOP to be a 'big tent' party.
The real big tent is The Combine. And the question that Tea Party organizations face in Illinois is this: Where in Dorgan's big tent is there room for them?"
Summary: The G.O.P. establishment's unwillingness to aggressively back the candidacy of Ken Cuccinelli is just the latest example of the party's attempt to purge its more conservative wing by undercutting the candidacy of conservatives - before they're even elected.