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Rubio’s PAC welcomes Mourdock
Posted May 9, 2012 by William March
Updated May 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Through his political action committee, Reclaim America PAC, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio immediately endorsed tea party-oriented Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock after Mourdock beat long-term Indiana Republican Sen. Richard Lugar in a Tuesday primary.
Mourdock has become a cause celebre for tea party organizations including Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks, Herman Cain’s new political committee and the Tea Party Express. The Indiana treasurer is known for his overt rejection of bipartisanship.
He challenged Lugar, a six-term senator known for bipartisanship and his work on foreign policy, particularly opposing nuclear proliferation, in a contest widely viewed as a test of the tea party movement’s continuing influence.
In a news release after Mourdock’s victory, Rubio said he was “proud to announce Reclaim America PAC’s endorsement of Richard Mourdock, and to offer my personal support as well,” and called Mourdock part of “a new wave of limited-government leaders that will come to Washington to stand up to the status quo in both parties.”
Rubio’s PAC has endorsed only one other candidate, also a tea party-style outsider, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, who’s also running for the Senate.