Rep. Rick Berg (R-N.D.) has a lot Republican admirers who wouldn't mind seeing him run for the Senate next year, but on Thursday, the Club For Growth PAC made clear they are not one of them.
"The country needs the next Senator from North Dakota to have a pro-growth agenda in the U.S. Senate," said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola, in a statement. "Congressman Rick Berg lacks leadership in addressing our nation's spending problem at a time when people want government to spend less, not more. The Republican Party can and should demand better."
The Club for Growth, an organization dedicated to fiscally conservative principles, cited several votes Berg took against spending cuts.
Berg has only been in the House a few months; he defeated Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D) in 2010. But a state rep. recently circulated a letter signed by legislators and statewide officials encouraging Berg to run. The Bismarck Tribune noted that neither state Sen. Tony Grindberg (R), who has previously acknowledged interest in the Senate, nor state Rep. Kim Koppelman (R) signed the letter. Koppelman said his missing signature was not meant to indicate that he doesn't support a Berg Senate run, but he did say he has been approached by several people about running for the Senate.
Meanwhile, Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk (R) officially announced his Senate campaign on Wednesday. Berg has acknowledged that he considering a Senate run.
Club spokesperson Barney Keller said the Club has heard rumblings about a pro-growth alternative to Berg, but did not specify who that person is.