Club for Growth Spends to Defend Huelskamp in Kansas

The Club for Growth – a group famous for its support of primary challengers for moderate Republican lawmakers – said Monday it would begin spending money to defend one of its own in Kansas.

The group says it will on Tuesday roll out a nearly two-week ad campaign attacking Roger Marshall, a Republican physician who is challenging Rep. Tim Huelskamp in Kansas’s 1st District, as a big spender.

The national debt is “a national crisis,” a narrator in the commercial claims, and “Marshall supported a bill that grows the debt by hundreds of billions.”

The organization said it was backing the television ad with a “six-figure TV buy” aimed at the entire rural, western Kansas district through July 25, ending a week before the Aug. 2 primary. Doug Sachtleben, a spokesman for the group, said the group is “not planning anything past that point yet.”

Sachtleben said the ad referred to Marshall’s support for the so-called “doc fix,” a bill signed into law by President Obama last year which aimed to add stability to Medicare reimbursement payments for doctors.

Huleskamp – a member of the House Freedom Caucus who has been a constant thorn in the Republican establishment’s side – has become a top target of picking off, earning the opposition of business groups, as well as the Kansas Farm Bureau, which endorsed Marshall last week.