Tea party not happy with GOP outcome
the tea party shouldn’t be.”
Mr. Priebus, though, said the RNC made a full effort in Virginia. In addition to the $3 million financial commitment, the party deployed more than 60 full-time staff members into Virginia, where members worked in tandem with the state party and the Cuccinelli campaign to bring out the vote.
Mr. Cuccinelli nearly defeated Terry McAuliffe, whose solid lead in the polls collapsed in the final days of the campaign.
“I am not sure what other groups put in the race, but I think $3 million is a lot of money,” Mr. Priebus said. “It is nothing to laugh at. There is always some Mondaymorning quarterbacking going on, but you can only spend what you reasonably have.
“If we didn’t put out $3 million on the ground, what would the score be then?” he asked. The RNC put $2.5 million into Christie’s race and had 32 staff members in New Jersey.
Tea partyers countered that in 2009 the RNC funneled $9 million into Bob McDonnell’s successful gubernatorial campaign in Virginia and said it was evidence that the RNC was not serious about getting Mr. Cuccinelli elected.
Others, though, noted that the money spent on the McDonnell campaign four years ago was excessive and an example of why the RNC was saddled with $23 million in debt when Mr. Priebus took charge in 2011.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visits a school a day after his landslide win. Tea partyers say the Republican National Committee spent money on his campaign that should have gone to Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II in Virginia.