The YG-affiliated super PAC has drawn controversy for its mailings in Indiana urging Democrats and independents to vote in the state's open primary between Lugar and Mourdock, and also for mailings that labeled Mourdock as "too extreme" for calling for the abolishing of the Department of Education.
The conservative Club for Growth, which backed Mourdock in the race, has placed blame for the involvement squarely on Cantor. "Regrettably, Eric Cantor's actions confirm the worst of what grassroots conservatives dislike about a Washington Republican leadership that is more interested in protecting its own than in promoting conservative principles and candidates," said Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller.
So far this cycle, YG Action also has made independent expenditures in two House races with competitive primaries: One, a member-versus-member primary in Illinois's 16th District on behalf of Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who beat Rep. Don Manzullo, and another in North Carolina's 8th District on behalf of Richard Hudson a Republican who has served as a longtime aide on Capitol Hill.
The Kinzinger spending earned Cantor some resentment among House Republican ranks. A source familiar with YG Action explained the group's decision to meddle in a safe Republican district this way: Kinzinger was the candidate that is emblematic of the Young Guns brand.
In North Carolina, the group is backing Hudson, a former chief of staff to Texas GOP Reps. Mike Conaway. John Carter and Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C. In that primary, the winner of which will get to take on vulnerable Rep. Larry Kissell, D-N.C, YG Action stands opposed to the conservative Club for Growth, which supports Scott Keadle.