The conservative Club for Growth is backing a GOP challenger to Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) in the March primary, the group announced, straying from Republican Party leaders
The group is supporting technology executive Chris Putnam by funding a seven-figure advertising offensive against Granger. The 12-term representative who is the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, will be targeted by the anti-tax group in a series of TV, digital and mail ads attacking her record.
“Granger, a 12-term U.S. Representative, has recklessly voted for out-of-control deficit-spending, backroom bloated budget deals, and debt limit increases, as well as her pet-project of Panther Island while also opposing responsible spending cuts — voters deserve a fiscal conservative with a voting record to match,” Club for Growth President David McIntosh said in a statement.
The group’s ad says Granger has a “spending problem” and has “backed wasteful spending on everything from a lobster institute in Maine to billions for the World Bank.”
A Putnam ad also accused Granger for voting “for big government bailouts, trillions in taxpayer debt, millions for Planned Parenthood.”
Congresswoman Kay @GrangerCampaign has worked hard for Texas and been a strong supporter of our #MAGA Agenda. She’s strong on #2A and Securing our Border and is 100% pro-life. Kay has my Complete and Total Endorsement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 17, 2019
The group is typically aligned with the president in elections, but this time they are going after the Trump-supported incumbent. Club for Growth has not attempted to challenge an incumbent since 2014, when they attempted to defeat Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), the news outlet added.
The Hill reached out to Granger’s office for comment.