The Club for Growth hasn't endorsed a candidate in the three-way Missouri GOP Senate primary -- but on Tuesday they issued a rebuke to one Republican candidate in the contest.
The Club sent out a press release criticizing Rep. Todd Akin's latest television ad, in which he defends against attacks that he supports earmarks. The ad features a woman saying Akin helped get armored vehicles to the troops in Iraq -- which saved her husband's life.
"While we have no issue with making sure our troops are protected, for every worthy project there are dozens of wasteful ones - and that's exactly how the corrupt earmark process worked," says Club for Growth President Chris Chocola in the release. "The Club for Growth PAC is disappointed that Congressman Akin, who otherwise scores highly on other issues of economic freedom, would defend a policy that directly leads to more government and wasteful spending. Earmarks are wrong, and Congressman Akin is wrong to defend them."
Akin will face former Treasurer Sarah Steelman and businessman John Brunner in the August 7 primary. A Mason-Dixon poll released over the weekend showed Akin lagging in third place, with 17 percent of the vote.