SYRACUSE — Anyone who viewed Curt Nisly’s primary run as simply a grassroots, aw-shucks attempt to unseat incumbent Rebecca Kubacki drastically underestimated the precision and skill with which his campaign was executed.
With a tenacious door-to-door campaign, a mix of energetic first-time and experienced campaign volunteers, big money and both establishment and Tea Party support, Nisly comfortably earned the Republican nomination for the District 22 State Representative’s seat.
When the final tallies came in from Elkhart and Kosciusko County, Nisly earned 4,632 votes or 65 percent to Kubacki’s 2,516 votes or 35 percent.
Tea Party support
Bob Moore, a leading member of the Elkhart Tea Party Patriots, has known Nisly for some time.
“He spoke at our rallies in the past and used to come to meetings until he became busy with the campaign,” said Moore.
Nisly recalled his time with the group.
“Over the last five years, I have spent most Monday evenings with the Elkhart County Patriots,” Nisly said in an e-mail to The Goshen News. “Through this group I have become educated and been involved in activism and campaigns.”
Moore credited Nisly for a tough feat.
“Beating an incumbent is really hard. It takes a lot of additional effort,”Moore said. “The main thing is Curt is aligned with Tea Party principles of limited government, taxes small enough where people can live their lives. Kubacki got off track with family issues. Saying one thing to constituents and going to Indy and voting a different way.”
Monica Boyer is the leader of the Tea Party-Ronald Reagan conservatives hybrid Kosciusko Silent No More.
“We are conservative all the way around,” said Boyer of District 22 during Nisly’s election night gathering . “(Nisly’s win) sent a message back to the Indianapolis establishment that we do not want to go moderate.”