"Tea Party members fit the general description of what we think of as old-school Republicans. Only they don’t like to be cast that way. In their eyes, Republicans already in Washington are part of the problem, so they’re more comfortable being seen as insurgents within the one party where they’ll have more pull.
But looking over the list of Tea Party-backed candidates for the U.S. Senate who will face off against Democrats in November, what’s striking is how conventional many of them actually look. Just like the current Congress, most are lawyers and some have established political careers. Business executives and entrepreneurs, they’re not:"
Joe Miller, Alaska: Miller went after Murkowski with gusto during the primary. The 43-year-old lawyer and former U.S. magistrate is a West Point graduate, veteran of the first Gulf War, and holder of an economics masters degree from the University of Alaska. He tried his hand at elective politics once before, when he ran unsuccessfully for the state House.
Sharon Angle, Nevada: Every election has a potential giant killer, and Angle is this cycle’s prospect. She defeated an establishment GOP candidate for the right to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Angle, 61, spent six years in the Nevada state Assembly and has been a longtime substitute school teacher.
Mike Lee, Utah: Lee didn’t knock off the incumbent, Bennett. That honor was left to the state Republican party, which failed to endorse him during their convention, essentially ending his run. Lee, 39, later won a primary against Tim Bridgewater to lay claim to the GOP nomination. Lee is a constitutional lawyer who has served stints as general counsel to Utah’s governor and as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.
Marco Rubio, Florida: Rubio didn’t defeat an incumbent. No, he forced the favored Republican candidate—Governor Charlie Crist—out of the party entirely. Crist is now running as an independent in a three-way race. Rubio, 39, is a lawyer with a long political history. He was a member of the Florida House for nearly a decade and spent two years as House Speaker.
Ken Buck, Colorado: Buck defeated Jane Norton, a former lieutenant governor in the August 10 primary. Buck is a lawyer who worked in Washington before as a prosecutor with the Justice Department. Most recently, he was district attorney of Weld County, Colorado. This November, Buck is trying to defeat incumbent Democratic Senator Michael Bennet.
Rand Paul, Kentucky: Paul is an ophthalmologist who has never held political office. But he does come from a political family—his dad, Ron Paul, is a Republican congressman from Texas who ran for president in 2008—and he has been active in libertarian and tax-relief causes. Paul has stirred controversy with remarks suggesting that private business owners should be allowed to discriminate.
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