Fallen tea party stars may rise again

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He told The Washington Times on Thursday that he doesn’t have plans to seek a higher office “but certainly will look at things as they come up.”

Mr. Buck also is keeping busy promoting one of his signature issues: pushing a federal balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He recently launched a nonprofit group to press for the issue, and this week he was named a co-chairman of a newly formed group called the Pass the Balanced Budget Amendment.

Linda McMahon of Connecticut, who lost to Richard Blumenthal by 12 percentage points for Senate last year, has been quieter than other 2010 tea party losers. But when independent Sen. Joe Lieberman announced in January that he wouldn’t seek re-election next year, she wrote on her Facebook page that running for his spot “remains an option.”

“I will spend the next few months focusing on how I can best serve the people of Connecticut,” she said.

John Raese also has kept a low profile since losing to Gov. Joe Manchin III in West Virginia’s Senate race last year. But tea party activist Dee Armstrong said Mr. Raese remains a force within the Mountain State’s conservative political movement.

“He will provide influence in the conservative political scene and will work to bring back our country to its conservative roots,” she said.

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