In Oregon, chemist offers GOP a unifying formula
Art Robinson was featured in the Washington Times, as this year's model candidate for uniting GOP regulars, Tea Party activists, and Ron Paul supporters in his Oregon 4th Congressional District. The article continues to say Art may have provided the GOP a road map to win the White House fight in Nov.
By Ralph Z. Hallow-The Washington Times Sunday, June 3, 2012
Republicans looking to ease the friction among party stalwarts, tea party activists and Ron Paul supporters headed into this year’s election say they may have found a model of unity in Art Robinson, a scientist who is the GOP candidate for a congressional seat representing an Oregon district.
Mr. Robinson, a former CalTech chemist and home-schooling curriculum author who became a prominent skeptic of taxpayer-funded research based on his own experiences, has hit the kinds of notes that ring well with the limited-government tea party and with libertarian Paul forces.
“Art’s grass-roots campaign challenges the Washington, D.C., cabal of insider politics and is gaining momentum for a very good reason,” saidAllen Alley, chairman of the Oregon Republican Party. “There’s a moral and political rudder, a core set of beliefs, that come through. The more you listen, the more his good sense comes through.”
But even more, Republicans hope Mr. Robinson can be a template for the broader national party. Many activists fret that Republicans cannot win the presidential election in November if they put up a candidate in a fractured party against a Democratic Party unified behind President Obama.