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The Club for Growth is looking for more Tom Cottons

Posted By on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 1:52 PM

COTTON: Bought and paid for by the Club for Growth.
  • COTTON: Bought and paid for by the Club for Growth.

Today, Politico has a long profile of the Club for Growth, the rigidly ultra-conservative political action committee that's long bankrolled Tom Cotton. The interview process to receive backing from the group sounds like full on interrogation. 

The California congressional candidate sat patiently for two hours as the questions just kept coming. His soft-spoken, bearded inquisitor took handwritten notes as he probed every aspect of the candidate’s past: where he had lived, the schools he attended, his grades, any run-ins with authority. The only thing missing from the interrogation was a naked bulb swinging from the ceiling.

That sort of probing wouldn't have phased Cotton, of course, who's extremism was almost fully formed during his Harvard days, as judged by his political writings at the time. 

So far this year, the Club for Growth is only involved in seven races, including, of course, Cotton's Senate challenge of Sen. Mark Pryor. 

The doomsday scenario? Move the GOP further rightward by electing more of Cotton's ilk. That's the strategy Chris Chocola, Club for Growth president, explained when asked why it wasn't involved in a primary challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 

“Our plan to change leadership is to elect a whole bunch of Mike Lees and Rand Pauls and Ted Cruzes and Tom Cottons … and they’ll elect one of their own. That’s how you change leadership.”

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