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House Tea Party Caucus Chair Huelskamp Defeated in Kansas GOP Primary

Kansas 1Surely former Speaker John Boehner is smiling this morning after Tuesday’s Republican primary in Kansas’s very red First District ended in the defeat of Freedom Caucus member Tim Huelskamp who was a driving force against Boehner. Politico headlined, “GOP Civil War Comes to Kansas.”

Huelskamp lost even with help from Senator Ted Cruz and conservative radio hosts Sean Hannity and Mark Levin, and even with $800,000 dumped into the race by Americans for Prosperity and the Club for Growth plus another $200,000 from fellow Freedom Caucus members.

His Republican opponent, 55-year-old Roger Marshall, an obstetrician and former Army reservist, was backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts’ “Ending Spending” group.

Ironically, Huelskamp complained that his opponent was trying to buy the election. Pot, meet kettle.

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‘Freedom Caucus’ includes Virginians Brat and Morgan Griffith; here’s the list of 36

GOP elephants fightingBy Lynn R. Mitchell

With the turmoil on the Republican side of the aisle in the U.S. House of Representatives, questions have been asked about the 36 who are members of the “Freedom Caucus,” the tea party-inspired group that has stonewalled GOP leadership and demanded government shut-downs . Who are they?

Wikipedia has what is reported to be an accurate list of the 36 members that includes Dave Brat — no surprise there — but it also includes a name that I was not expecting to see: Morgan Griffith in the 9th Congressional District (see list here). I checked last week with his district representative for confirmation but did not receive a response.

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