Republican infighting, part 58

July 16, 2014

The anti-tax Club for Growth, a conservative organization, and the Main Street Advocacy, a moderate Republican group, don't like each other very much.

To wit: The two were sparring again Wednesday. Main Street Advocacy took out a full-page ad in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call to call attention to the Club for Growth's push to encourage primary challengers to run against nearly a dozen Republican members it saw as insufficiently conservative. The effort was dubbed "Primary my Congressman."

Citing the Club's failure to dislodge any of the targets on the list, the ad sarcastically congratulates the Club on its "perfect political primary season."

Main Street Advocacy is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit affiliated with the Main Street Partnership, which is headed up by former congressman Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio). LaTourette and Club for Growth President Chris Chocola sparred at a debate earlier this year.

A Club for Growth spokesman responded in an e-mail with an apparent dig at the group's relevance.

"What is 'Main Street Advocacy'?" wrote Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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