Republican congressional candidate Wicker baffled by "defeatist attitude" within GOP

06/15/2012 12:45 PM

Congressional candidate Brooks Wicker told a group of young Republicans on Wednesday night that they “will lose” the third congressional district election unless leaders of their party get fully engaged.

Wicker, the Republican 3rd District candidate, urged the several dozen activists to join his campaign to unseat incumbent Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth. Wicker spoke of a “defeatist attitude” within the Republican party, and tried to underscore the importance of grassroots bumper sticker marketing as the best word of mouth support for the money.

“I went into (the Jefferson County Republican) executive committee meeting last night before the meeting I went out in the parking lot and looked at all the cars. Guess what I saw? Very few of these (bumper stickers) on the cars,” Wicker said. “I was a little bit more animated when I talked to those folks, because if I don’t get their support they are the executive committee of this party. If they don’t have this on their car something is wrong.”

Wicker, a certified public accountant from Louisville, has not raised enough money to have to file a Federal Election Commission fundraising report. Candidates who collect more than $5,000 must file quarterly reports with FEC.

Yarmuth, meanwhile, has nearly $400,000 in cash on hand to start the general election, according to his most recent filings.

Wicker, who was unopposed in the Republican primary, has begun to ramp up his campaign and said on Pure Politics earlier this month that he’s eager to debate the issues with Yarmuth. When prompted by James Young, chairman of the Louisville Young Republicans, Wicker recounted a run-in he had with Yarmuth at a downtown Louisville event.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm joined cn|2 in December 2011 as a reporter for Pure Politics. He is now the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics. Throughout his career, Nick has covered several big political stories up close, including interviewing President Barack Obama on the campaign trail back in 2008. Nick says he loves being at the forefront of Kentucky politics and working with the brightest journalists in the commonwealth. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or



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