Kristol Blasts ‘Young Guns’ for Spending on Lugar

Thursday, 26 Apr 2012 02:35 PM

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Conservative commentator William Kristol is upset with the Young Guns Network for spending more than $100,000 to back six-term Indiana GOP Sen. Richard Lugar.

The senator is engaged in a heated primary race with state treasurer Richard Mourdock. The Young Guns Network is a group affiliated with two former aides to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. It just spent $104,628.00 on mailers for the 80-year-old Lugar, reports The Weekly Standard.

"Young Guns was designed to help leaders like Eric Cantor and [House Majority Whip] Kevin McCarthy chart a new course for the center-right movement and the House majority,” Young Guns Action Fund super PAC founder John Murray has said, Kristol writes in a blog on weeklystandard.com.

“It's not clear how this donation to Lugar furthers that cause. And it's not clear why Young Guns is meddling in a GOP Senate primary. Indeed, Mike Pence, another young gun-type House member who's now running for Indiana governor, has conspicuously failed to endorse Lugar for re-election.”

The $104,000 that the group just spent could be much better used in support of a Republican against a Democrat in a competitive House race this year, Kristol says.

“Is helping a six-term Senate incumbent who's not so conservative try to beat back a conservative primary challenge by someone who would hold the Senate seat for the GOP really the best use of that money? Is it the use donors to Young Guns expected? And if Lugar loses [as many expect], won't this expenditure be particularly embarrassing?”

A new poll taken on behalf of Citizens United, which backs Mourdock, shows him leading Lugar 44 percent to 39 percent, with 17 percent of GOP voters undecided.




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