WASHINGTON — Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), a Tea Party favorite who lost reelection in 2012 to Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), is launching a super PAC to fight efforts by establishment Republicans to block ultra-conservatives like himself from winning primary elections.
Walsh announced his latest effort on Tuesday via Twitter. “I’m filing the paperwork to form a super PAC to support freedom-loving conservative alternatives to @KarlRove on FOX,” he wrote.
The reference to Rove involves the former George W. Bush strategist’s newest political venture, a super PAC to act as a counterweight to more conservative groups like the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks by supporting establishment Republicans in primaries. The latter organizations have supported intraparty challenges to Republican senators and congressmen that some at the top of the GOP believe cost them control of the Senate in the past two election cycles.