Club For Growth added a big target to its primary-challenge list Thursday: National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden of Oregon.
Walden "has a long record of supporting increases in government spending and opposing fiscally conservative proposals," the group wrote on its website primarymycongressman.com. The lawmaker's support of the Wall Street bailout and opposition to "cutting the spending from Obama's stimulus" were listed among the reasons the group found Walden's record unacceptable.
Walden has drawn conservative ire for criticizing President Obama's "chained CPI" proposal, which would limit Social Security benefits, during a CNN interview on Wednesday. "You're trying to balance this budget on the backs of seniors, and I think it's not the right way to go," Walden said.
Club For Growth's president, Chris Chocola, called chained CPI a "modest proposal" and said Walden's opposition is a sign he doesn't favor entitlement reform.
"We always knew Greg Walden had a liberal record," said Chocola, "but he really cemented it with his public opposition to even modest entitlement reform."
Walden is considered one of the more moderate members of House GOP leadership. National Journal's 2012 vote ratings showed him tied for the 197th-most conservative member in the House, close to the middle of the chamber and among the 50 most moderate House Republicans. The Club for Growth noted Walden's 62 percent lifetime mark on its scorecard in a news release.