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Dan Sullivan, the new favorite of the Club for Growth—and the NRSC
On Tuesday, when Club for Growth chief Chris Chocola teased that his organization would be issuing a new Senate endorsement, we crossed our fingers for Georgia crazy-man Paul Broun. Sadly, it's not to be. Instead, they're backing former state Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan, who's running in the GOP primary in Alaska.
It's a rare occasion when the Club is on the same page as the Republican establishment, which has expressed a definite preference for Sullivan over Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell. It's also notable because tea party nut Joe Miller is in the race, too, and this means there likely won't be much in the way of outside help for his troubled cause. It's all the more galling for Miller given that he had the Club's support in 2010.
Still, the fact that Sullivan has earned the extremists' seal of approval makes you wonder if he could have some real liabilities in the general election against Democratic Sen. Mark Begich. Just take a look at some of the people they've endorsed in recent years, along with Miller: Steve King, Ted Cruz, Richard Mourdock, Sharron Angle ... you get the idea. Maybe Sullivan will be the next Pat Toomey, but he could also turn out to be the next Ken Buck.