Club for Growth endorses McCarter over Shimkus

State Sen. Kyle McCarter
State Sen. Kyle McCarter BND file photo

State Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, who is running for Congress, received an endorsement on Wednesday from the Club for Growth Political Action Committee.

McCarter is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, of Collinsville, in the 15th congressional district in the Republican primary. Primary elections in Illinois are scheduled for March 15.

“The Club for Growth is the gold standard of conservative principles, and their endorsement today demonstrates that my message of fiscal restraint, core values and free market economics is reaching true conservatives,” McCarter said.

The Club for Growth, a conservative, limited-government PAC, critcized Shimkus for voting to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, increase the debt ceiling and for the recent federal budget deal, among other things.

“Kyle McCarter has a proven track record as a principled fiscal conservative,” said Club for Growth President David McIntosh. “Kyle has been a successful businessman and he’s fought against big spending in the Illinois legislature. ... That’s exactly the kind of resolute conviction that’s needed on the House floor in Washington.”

Shimkus’ re-election campaign spokesman Steve Tomaszewski said the congressman isn’t worried about ratings from outside groups.

“It’s disappointing that an outside group that targets conservative Republicans is attacking Congressman Shimkus, the true conservative in this race,” Tomaszewski wrote in an email to the Belleville News-Democrat. “McCarter has a record of raising taxes on families, outsourcing jobs to China and voting against Illinois coal. Unlike McCarter, Congressman Shimkus has a proven conservative record of voting to repeal Obamacare, protect our Second Amendment rights, secure our borders, eliminate wasteful government spending, and protect the life of the unborn.”

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter