Rep. Gohmert Starts PAC for Conservatives in Fall Races

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Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 03:32 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Rep. Louie Gohmert said Wednesday that his new political action committee would help traditional House conservatives beat back attacks from mainstream Republican PACs in this fall's congressional elections.

"That’s been a problem we’ve seen in some races — where we’ve had leadership come and play, and there was no counterbalance," the Texas Republican told The Daily Caller. "So I’m going to do something about it."

The new GOH Conservative PAC was inspired by the Senate Conservatives Fund, the Daily Caller reports. The group was fueled in part when House Speaker John Boehner attributed last year's partial federal government shutdown to GOP legislators, the congressman said.

Gohmert, 60, was first elected to the House in 2004. He faces Democratic challenger Shirley McKellar in this fall's elections.

"There’s a war against the tea party. There’s a war against conservatives, we’re told," he said. "If somebody declares war on me, I’m not just going to lie down and take it. I’m going to fight.

"You’ve got to have money to fight opposition. The leaders in the party raise money, so that [makes congressmen] feel they have to stay close to them. If we raise money on our own, we can take a stand."

The Senate Conservatives Fund — formed in 2008 by former South Carolina GOP Sen. Jim DeMint, now president of the Heritage Foundation — was an inspiration because "they’re raising money to help people that are not traditionally conservative," Gohmert said.

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