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Young Flabbergasted That Conservative Groups Didn’t Get Involved

Even a super PAC that supported Cruz is backing Byrne.

Sarah Mimms
Nov. 5, 2013, 6:35 a.m.

It’s Elec­tion Day. The polls are open un­til 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET. (Hot­line re­port­ing)

2012 nom­in­ee Dean Young (R) has “re­cently nabbed en­dorse­ments from the Chris­ti­an Co­ali­tion of Alabama and the Eagle For­um,” but he hasn’t got­ten air sup­port to nearly the ex­tent that 2010 GOV nom­in­ee Brad­ley Byrne (R) has.

And now Joe Rick­etts-backed End­ing Spend­ing PAC, which backed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in 2012, is get­ting be­hind Byrne as well, run­ning an ad that is crit­ic­al of Young. This, dep­site the fact that Young has re­peatedly told voters that he would “be a ‘Ted Cruz con­gress­man.’” PAC pres­id­ent Brain Baker: “I don’t see that. It’s a great talk­ing point to say you’ll be like Ted Cruz. But Ted Cruz is a very smart, a very thought­ful per­son. And we think Brad­ley Byrne is bet­ter on all of these points.” (Mo­bile Press-Re­gister)

“The ra­dio si­lence has frus­trated Young and be­fuddled his cam­paign.” Young: “There are some people out there, but these lar­ger groups, these huge groups that are sup­posed to be help­ing people like me — they are nowhere to be found.” Young con­sult­ant Jonath­an Gray: “If I was a car­toon, I would have ques­tion marks over my head.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

“The anti-tax Club for Growth hasn’t spent any money, nor has Freedom­Works or the Tea Party Ex­press. Alabama Re­pub­lic­an strategist Brent Buchanan said the groups prob­ably ‘don’t want to be as­so­ci­ated’ with some of Young’s state­ments.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

End­ing Spend­ing spent $102,000 on a TV ad sup­port­ing Byrne and at­tack­ing Young over the week­end. The Cham­ber of Com­merce also dropped an­oth­er $14,000 on Byrne’s cam­paign, bring­ing their total spend­ing to $199,280 “in the fi­nal week of the con­test.”

While busi­ness-re­lated out­side groups and mem­bers of Con­gress have lined up be­hind Byrne, just one third party group spent money on Young — 2010 NV SEN nom­in­ee Shar­ron Angle’s Our Voice PAC. The group spent just $10,455 on a TV ad for Young’s cam­paign dur­ing the run­off. (Roll Call)

An in­ter­est­ing note on that End­ing Spend­ing spot: The ad echoes an earli­er ad from Byrne’s cam­paign at­tack­ing Young for se­cur­ing funds for a PAC that put al­most all of its money in­to his own con­sult­ing firm — but un­like Byrne’s ad, which earned cri­ti­cism from fact check­ers for mak­ing the same claim, it doesn’t play up the fact that Young’s PAC spe­cific­ally tar­geted Chris­ti­an donors. Some Re­pub­lic­an strategists told The Hot­line that they were con­cerned the ad could back­fire, ex­cit­ing Young’s sup­port­ers, par­tic­u­larly in the Chris­ti­an com­munity, even more.

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