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Club for Growth Targets GOP Incumbents for Defeat

Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 01:13 PM

By Dan Weil

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The conservative Club for Growth has launched a website identifying nine GOP House members it calls insufficiently conservative, and urges readers to assist in finding challengers to take them on.

The site, www.PrimaryMyCongressman.com, went live Wednesday, Politico reports.

The nine incumbents represent districts where Mitt Romney earned more than 60 percent of the vote in last year's presidential election. All of them received lifetime ratings of less than 70 percent from the Club for Growth.

They are Reps. Mike Simpson of Idaho, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Rick Crawford of Arkansas, Frank Lucas of Oklahoma, Steve Palazzo of Mississippi, Martha Roby of Alabama, Larry Bucshon of Indiana, Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, and Aaron Schock of Illinois.

Club for Growth plans to rotate targets for defeat as next year's election approaches.

The site is not a response to GOP political strategist Karl Rove’s new Conservative Victory Project PAC effort, which plans to go after Republican candidates it views as too extreme to win election, club officials said.

“We’ve been planning this for a while, but we’ve really wanted to release it with our scorecard (distributed Tuesday) because it really kind of drives who qualifies for the list,” Club for Growth President Chris Chocola told Politico.

“We came up with this idea and started developing the website and everything long before Rove started developing his Victory Project.”

The website includes a question mark next to the notorious nine, offering readers the opportunity to suggest any GOP congressman they think deserves a conservative challenge, and space for the name of someone who might challenge them in a primary.

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