FreedomWorks asking members for advice
Freedom Works Chairman and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey
June 6th, 2011
03:15 PM ET
11 years ago

FreedomWorks asking members for advice

Washington (CNN) - FreedomWorks is reaching out to its membership for guidance on which Republican candidates to endorse in next year's GOP Senate primary battles.

"We are determined to support the most fiscally conservative person who can help put a stop to the Obama/Reid big government agenda in Washington, DC. The most important part of this decision-making process is hearing from you, our hard-working, liberty-loving FreedomWorks members," says FreedomWorks Chairman and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, in an email to supporters.

FreedomWorks is a nonprofit conservative organization based in the nation's capital that helps train volunteer activists and has provided much of the organization behind the tea party movement. The group also supports conservative candidates in Republican primary and general election contests.

FreedomWorks has already made two Senate endorsements. In February the organization backed Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Jon Kyl. Last week the group backed former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson. FreedomWork's endorsement of Cruz was followed almost immediately by the Club for Growth, an anti-tax group, and CNN contributor Erick Erickson, the editor-in-chief of influential conservative blog, Red State.

Armey's Monday email to supporters asked for their opinions on whom to endorse in Missouri, where three major Republican candidates are vying to take on Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in next year's general election

"Please take a moment to send us your thoughts about this race, including who you think we should endorse and why, as well as any information you have on who we should not endorse," asks Armey, in the email.

Brendan Steinhauser, director of federal and state campaigns for FreedomWorks, tells CNN that the group will also be asking for advice from its members on other Senate contests, including Florida, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Ohio. (Steinhauser is not related to this reporter.)

FreedomWorks has also been on the ground in Indiana, assisting in the search to find a consensus candidate to primary challenge longtime Republican Sen. Richard Lugar. The group has also sent representatives to Utah, to possibly find a conservative challenger to longtime GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch.

Democrats currently have a 53 to 47 majority in the Senate. They are defending 23 seats (21 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party) next year, with the GOP defending 10 seats.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Name steve

    Do what you have to do to keep it rolling

    June 6, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. rs

    Well, I am not a member, and I find what "Freedon Works" has wrought in creating the Tea Party to truly be an abomination. So, I'd tell 'em "take your un-American beliefs and ideas where they can be put to good use- some ungovernable African nation, or perhaps Afghanistan". You don't belong here.

    June 6, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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