Christine O'Donnell’s surprise win in Delaware is sending shock waves through the GOP. O’Donnell is just one of several Tea Party success stories, which some say is threatening the existence of the moderate Republican.
Republican Congressman Bob Inglis, who lost his primary in June to a Tea Party candidate, is now speaking out against the Republican Party. Inglis spoke to CNN's John Roberts on "American Morning" about where things may have gone wrong for himself and the rest of the GOP.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/08/art.inglis.gi.jpg caption ="GOP Rep. Bob Inglis criticized Sarah Palin and his own party in an interview with the Associated Press published Friday."](CNN) - Republican Rep. Bob Inglis, who last month lost a primary battle to retain his seat, is now taking aim at some members of his own party - the second ousted Republican to express frustration with the GOP in as many weeks.
In an interview with the Associated Press and confirmed to CNN by his office, Inglis targets the "death panels" phrase made famous by Sarah Palin when the former Alaska governor inaccurately claimed the Democratic-backed health care legislation would ration health care for the elderly.
"There were no death panels in the bill … and to encourage that kind of fear is just the lowest form of political leadership. It's not leadership. It's demagoguery," said Inglis, who lost his primary challenge to conservative Trey Gowdy by 42 points last month and faced heavy criticism for voting in favor of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in 2009.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/08/art.inglis.gi.jpg caption =" Inglis must now face a runoff."](CNN) – Rep. Bob Inglis, R-South Carolina, failed to win Tuesday's primary and now must compete in the June 22nd runoff, the Associated Press projects.
With 96 percent of the precincts reporting, Inglis finished second to Spartanburg prosecutor Trey Gowdy, 40 to 27 percent. But since neither candidate secured more than 50 percent of the vote, the two will face off again later this month.
Inglis represents South Carolina's fourth congressional district, located in the northwestern part of the state. He faced heavy criticism from Gowdy for voting in favor of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in 2009.
The race also included three other challengers who all questioned Inglis' conservative credentials.