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Club for Growth Targets House Ag Chairman Lucas

Chris Clayton
By  Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor
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According to the conservative group Club for Growth, "RINOs" have infiltrated the House Agriculture Committee. In fact, House Ag Chairman Frank Lucas is a RINO, or Republican in Name Only.

Club for Growth put out a list of GOP members Wednesday on a new website, effectively hanging out a shingle, so to speak, to encourage conservatives to take a primary shot in 2014 against nine Republicans who just aren't Republican enough for the Club for Growth.

Lucas is on the list, as is Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas and Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama, who serve on the Agriculture Committee as well.

Others on the list included Reps Larry Bucshon of Indiana, Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, Steve Palazzo of Mississippi, Mike Simpson of Idaho, Adam Kinzinger and Aaron Schock, both of Illinois.

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Most of the lawmakers targeted by the Club for Growth are in the second term. Lucas is the longest-serving member of Congress put on this list.

According to the Club for Growth, these GOP members don't meet the scorecard metrics set up by the group and all of them naturally represent districts that are conservative in voting trends.

As chairman of the Ag Committee, Lucas supports farm programs and oversees all the nutrition programs. The House Agriculture Committee's farm bill last year would have cut the growth in spending over 10 years by about $35 billion but those cuts weren't enough to win over House leaders, or apparently quench the thirst of groups like the Club for Growth.

Lucas commented to the Tulsa World newspaper, ""I am surprised ... Club for Growth would target me as a Congressman who has not voted conservatively enough," Lucas said through his Washington office.

"In my record of representing my constituents, ... I have always put their best interest first."…

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