Today, the high-profile conservative group Club for Growth endorsed the primary opponent of Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX-12), Chris Putnam. A report from Politico indicates that the organization plans to spend seven figures on an advertising campaign targeting Granger.
Meanwhile, the Protect Freedom PAC also released an advertisement criticizing Granger for her previous votes on funding Planned Parenthood.
Putnam, a former Colleyville city councilman, raised more than $500,000 in the first week of his campaign and has portrayed himself as a strong conservative and political outsider to contrast with his opponent’s long-standing career in politics.
Granger, the ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, was endorsed by President Trump in December.
The first advertisement from Club for Growth, which is supposed to air beginning on Friday, criticizes Granger as having “a spending problem.”
It notes that she voted to fund Obamacare six times and asserts that she’s “gone Washington.”
The advertisement from Protect Freedom PAC highlights an old news clip wherein Granger stated that she was pro-choice.
Granger made the statement in an MSNBC interview dated in 2007, where she stated, “I’ve always said that [abortion] is a situation that I think the woman makes a decision with their own self, her own position, and her own family.”
Since the interview, Granger has publicly begun stating that she is now pro-life.
In the endorsement from the Susan B. Anthony List, former U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO, 2003-2009) stated, “When I served in Congress alongside Representative Kay Granger, she called herself pro-choice. Today I’m delighted to share the news that not only has she wholeheartedly joined our cause, but she is a pro-life hero.”
However, the advertisement attacking Granger also highlights several spending bills from the past few years that continued federal funding for Planned Parenthood and which she voted for: H.R. 2029 (2015), H.R. 5324 (2016), H.R. 244 (2017), H.R. 6157 (2018), H.R. 1625 (2018).
Putnam has also been endorsed by Texas Right to Life.
Given the large funding of Club for Growth and the Protect Freedom PAC, the advertising attacks on Granger will likely continue up until the primary election on March 3.
Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. While recently finishing his degree in Political Science from Azusa Pacific University, he also interned in the U.S. Senate and co-authored a book on C. S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy. In his spare time, he might be reading up on Dostoevsky or attempting to write a novel.