Conservative group Club for Growth will reportedly get involved in more than a dozen House races ahead of the 2016 election because its members are "frustrated" with the current GOP-controlled congress.
Club for Growth president David McIntosh told USA Today
his group will begin its push by hiring a pair of "scouts" to seek out and vet potential candidates to run for 15 House races nationwide.
The club's members are "frustrated" with Congress at the moment, despite Republicans controlling both chambers.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill "seem unable to deliver on the promises they've made," McIntosh said.
McIntosh also confirmed Monday
that Club for Growth will spend at least $2.5 million to support Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, who is facing Democratic challenger Russ Feingold in next year's election.
"My goal would be to run several statewide messages, which I think effectively means you've got to be north of $1 million on the independent expenditures," McIntosh said regarding the group' support of Johnson.
"I think it's essentially that [Feingold is] kind of yesterday's political figure, and then second, part of that is he's too far to the left for Wisconsin. It's a blue state — center left — but he was very far left on his voting record."
Last week, it was reported
that Club for Growth is currently supporting five candidates in the race for the Republican presidential nomination: Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Rand Paul (Kentucky), and Marco Rubio (Florida), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Of that group, Bush is the leading candidate in the majority of national polls. Leading the charge overall for several weeks has been real estate mogul Donald Trump, whose presence in the race has not been welcomed by all conservatives — a group that includes Club for Growth.
Trump is "the worst type of Washington politician in that he'll tell you anything you want to hear," McIntosh told USA Today, adding that "really good candidates" in the race need to find a better way to spread their campaign message.
The club bashed Trump
earlier this month as well.
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