Two Conservative Groups Back Ratcliffe Over Hall in Texas

Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 06:29 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Two conservative organizations on Tuesday backed former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe over 17-term Texas Rep. Ralph Hall in their Republican runoff election in May.

"John Ratcliffe is a constitutional conservative who will champion economic freedom and individual liberty in Congress," said Chris Chocola, president of the Club for Growth. "John Ratcliffe understands that the big spenders in both parties have led us to $17 trillion in debt, and he’ll stand up for pro-growth policies in Washington."

Meanwhile, the Madison Project lauded Ratcliffe's effort to unseat Hall, 90, who has served in Congress since 1980.

"He is challenging a long-serving and well-respected incumbent while pre-emptively pledging term limits," the group said of Ratcliffe. "He understands that we cannot waste a solid conservative seat."

The Fourth Congressional District "should not be without a strong conservative voice in what is going to be the worst two years of the Obama administration," the organization said.

Hall, 90, failed to win 50 percent of the vote in the GOP primary earlier this month, setting up the May 20 runoff. A World War II veteran, Hall has said this year's re-election campaign will be his last.

Ratcliffe served in the George W. Bush administration and was mayor of the north Texas town of Heath. He was also a partner in a Dallas law firm run by former Attorney General John Ashcroft and worked briefly for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential transition team, which was established before the presidential elections.

"John Ratcliffe isn’t afraid to stand on principle," Chocola said, "and we’re proud to stand with John Ratcliffe."

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