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The Club for Growth — a powerful right-wing group that only supports candidates it deems sufficiently disposed to a fiscally conservative economic agenda and punishes those who aren’t — released the 2013 edition of its congressional scorecard on Monday.
The highly anticipated scorecard grades members of Congress on a 0 to 100 scale, with higher scores indicating greater support for “pro-growth policies.” It is frequently utilized in Republican primaries as evidence of a candidate’s conservative principles — or lack thereof — and its release has become such a political event that The New York Times once described it as “set upon by Republicans like the Oscar nominations list by Hollywood.”
Six members of Congress earned perfect 100 percent scores from the Club for Growth this year — Reps. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Matt Salmon (R-AZ), and David Schweikert (R-AZ), and Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) — but the Club for Growth does not hold all Republicans in such high esteem. Here’s who should be worried about the newly released report card: