A tea party group dropped its endorsement of Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
on Wednesday, citing criticism he reportedly made of conservative groups that have taken aim at his midterm election.
Tea Party Nation over the summer defended its endorsement
of the Kentucky Republican, despite the entry of conservative primary challenger Matt Bevin, who has the backing of local tea party groups.
TPN cited a report from conservative commentator Glenn Beck saying McConnell called anyone who supports FreedomWorks or the Senate Conservatives Fund traitors to the party, The Hill reported
The Senate Conservative Fund has run ads against McConnell and is looking for a conservative alternative, according to the Hill.
“Mitch McConnell is one of those Republicans who always talks about fighting Obamacare and big government but never does,” declared the un-endorsement, written by group founder Judson Phillips.
"While endorsing Mitch McConnell seemed like the right thing to do at the time, Mitch McConnell has proven he is not worthy of conservative support,” Phillips wrote. “Glenn Beck is right. It is time to defund the GOP until the GOP pushes people like Mitch McConnell out of leadership.”
McConnell has clashed with conservatives recently over the strategy
, led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and other tea party-backed senators, to defund the Affordable Care Act that helped trigger the government shutdown.
McConnell initially criticized Cruz
for giving a long speech to delay consideration of a bill that defunds the healthcare law, but has laid low as the shutdown continues, The Hill noted.
“While Ted Cruz was fighting, Mitch McConnell was stabbing him in the back," Phillips writes.
Phillips didn’t offer adherents an alternative to McConnell, however.
“While the odds still favor Mitch McConnell being reelected to another term in the Senate, he will do so without our support,” Phillips wrote. “Given his behavior, there is simply no reason for conservatives to support McConnell.
“Regrettably there are no good choices in Kentucky in this election.”
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