Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Richard Lugar (R-IN) “said he anticipates a Tea Party challenger in his 2012 reelection effort,” The Hill reports.
"I anticipate that there will be a candidate or candidates running in the Republican primary against me," Lugar said on an episode of Bloomberg TV’s "Political Capital" to air this weekend. "This is why we have taken a very early campaign stance of vigorous fundraising, vigorous campaigning, anticipating that that kind of a campaign might occur. It’s not one that I welcome, but nevertheless, this is a democracy."
He has been “one of the few Republicans willing to work occasionally with President Obama to help shepherd legislation through the Senate.”