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Bridget Johnson


February 21, 2013 - 9:13 am

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) got a bit of a boost in his argument against any potential primary challenger.

The American Conservative Union today released its 2012 ACU Ratings of Congress, giving members who scored a perfect 100 percent on the group’s voting ratings a “Defender of Liberty” honor.

Senators who always voted to the ACU’s liking were McConnell, Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). Kyl retired at the end of the 112th Congress.

The Tea Party has put McConnell in its sights, but only recently has a potential challenger, businessman Matt Bevin, emerged. National Journal reports that the candidate may split Tea Partiers, though.

Members of the House to score 100 percent were Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Paul Broun (R-Ga.), Dan Burton (R-Ind.), Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), John Fleming (R-La.), Bill Flores (R-Texas), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Tom Graves (R-Ga.), Wally Herger (R-Calif.), Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Lynn Jenkins (R-Kansas), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Jeff Landry (R-La.), Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas), Pete Olson (R-Texas), Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas), Bill Posey (R-Fla.), Tom Price (R-Ga.), Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.), Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Steve Scalise (R-La.), David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.), Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.), and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.).

Flake and Scott have since ascended to the Senate.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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"Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.)"

Somehow I'm not surprised. The one place I've lived where I'm least satisfied overall, is also the one place I've lived where I've been most satisfied with my congressman.
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