Toomey Plans to Stay Away from Primary Fights

Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) “says he thinks many of his GOP colleagues will face partisan primaries in 2012 but he won’t take a stand in most of races,” POLITICO reports.

“Look, I think this is a very dynamic environment and probably almost every Republican senator’s going to face a primary challenge,” the Pennsylvania senator said in an interview with ABC News posted online Friday morning. “I think this will be a season and a cycle, as the last one was, where primary challenges are very, very common.”

He plans to stay out of primary races involving an incumbent Republican Senator.

“I’m not going to be opposing any of my colleagues,” Toomey said. “I’m not going to be getting involved in a lot of races.”

Some background on Toomey’s past work in Republican primaries:

The tea party-affiliated Toomey’s 2010 challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter, a longtime moderate Republican, prompted Specter’s move to the Democratic Party in an effort to win reelection. Instead, he lost in the Democratic primary to then-Rep. Joe Sestak.


Toomey, who served in the House from 1999 to 2005, was president of the Club for Growth in 2009 when it ran a $1.2 million ad campaign attacking Snowe for working with Democrats on a health care reform compromise.


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