FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2010, file photo, Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. The contest for the No. 3 spot in the House GOP has turned into tea party conservatives’ last, best shot at congressional leadership after getting shut out of the top two jobs in the shakeup following Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s surprise primary defeat. All three _ Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Peter Roskam of Illinois, and Stutzman _ are to make their case to GOP rank-and-file lawmakers Wednesday ahead of votes on Thursday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Mitch McConnell Lines Up Against Marlin Stutzman, So Support Marlin

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has decided to throw his lot in with Congressman Todd Young in the Indiana Senate primary. Young, you might recall, failed to do what he needed to get on the ballot and the National Republican Senatorial Committee went to bat for him to get him on the ballot.

Now they and all the Washington lobbyists are lining up behind Young.

But there is a better alternative in the form of Marlin Stutzman. Marlin is an Indiana farmer. He serves Indiana in the House of Representatives, with Todd Young, and his family tends the family farm.

Marlin Stutzman is also a much better conservative than Young, which is one reason McConnell is opposing Marlin Stutzman. Marlin, for example, stood up to his own Republican leadership in the House. His defiance helped bring down John Boehner. Clearly, McConnell has a reason to be nervous.

The Heritage Action scorecard also gives us a taste of both men’s convictions. Stutzman has the highest score in Indiana at 87%, while Todd Young is down at 61%.

I have known Marlin for some time. I encouraged him to run for the Senate in 2010, but he wound up running for the House and won.

He is a genuinely conservative guy. He has a great family. He cares deeply for the people of Indiana. He is not afraid to defy his own leadership to do what is right. That has made him enemies, but affirmed he puts principle over partisanship.

The major money is going to flood in against Marlin Stutzman to keep him out of the Senate. Conservatives need him there. I encourage you to do what you can to support Marlin Stutzman.

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