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Thursday
Jun022011

Is Mitt Romney 'Conservative Enough' to Lead GOP?

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- On the same day that Mitt Romney announced his presidential ambitions, the former Massachusetts governor came under attack by a Tea Party group that says he isn't conservative enough to represent conservatives.

The Western Representation PAC, a Nevada-based group led by the former Alaska Senate candidate and Tea Party darling Joe Miller, launched its "Stop Romney" campaign Thursday, designed to prevent Romney from becoming the GOP candidate.

"In a matchup against Obama, Tea Party voters are looking for a consistent constitutional conservative," Miller said in a statement. "We will never get behind Mitt Romney. On issues like gun rights, gay rights, abortion, immigration, and health care, Romney has flipped more than John Kerry flopped."

A spokesman for the group said it's too early to say how much money it will spend on the campaign, but the PAC will focus its efforts in New Hampshire, where Romney made his announcement Thursday.

"If we can stop Romney from winning New Hampshire, we can stop him from winning the nomination," Executive Director Bryan Shroyer told ABC News.

As part of the campaign, the PAC will mobilize its grassroots efforts and air broadcast ads. The group hasn't officially supported any candidate in the Republican lineup so far, but says it's targeting Romney because it doesn't believe he can win a race against President Obama.

"We just know that if Mitt Romney wins the nomination, we'll be looking at a repeat of Bob Dole's feckless 1996 campaign and a landslide defeat," Shroyer said.

Western Representation PAC, which raised about $410,000 in the 2010 election cycle, isn't the first Tea Party group to attack Romney. According to recent reports, FreedomWorks, an influential umbrella organization for Tea Party groups, is also going after the GOP contender.

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Wednesday
Mar232011

Joe Miller Wants to Be The Next Tea Party Kingmaker, Joins PAC

Joe Miller for U.S. Senate(SPARKS, Nev.) -- Tea Party favorite Joe Miller may have lost the Alaska Senate race last November to fellow Republican Lisa Murkowski, but he isn’t done fighting. In fact, he’s expanding what he calls “the fight against government growth” to the lower 49.

Western PAC, the Nevada-based political organization which describes itself as “one of the largest and fastest-growing conservative action groups in the country,” announced Wednesday that Joe Miller will be their new chairman. During the 2010 election cycle, Western PAC backed Tea Party candidates like Sharron Angle in Nevada, Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts and Senator Rand Paul in Kentucky.

According to Miller, what Americans saw of the Tea Party in 2010 was just a taste of what’s to come in 2012.

“We are trying to be a significant influence in 2012 and simply an extension of what we saw in 2010,” Miller told ABC News Wednesday.  “It’s going to be bigger -- not much question about that -- [and] more of a political force to be reckoned with.”

Miller said he sees himself as a Tea Party crusader and while he toyed with the idea of starting his own PAC, Western PAC’s established infrastructure offers an opportunity to hit the ground running.

Miller says he will be working both nationally and locally. As chairman of Western PAC, Miller will head up endorsements of Tea Party candidates around the country, travelling to speak on their behalf and directing direct expenditures to campaigns.  He said he also plans to work on expanding his political presence and influence in his home state.

When asked if he would run for the at-large Alaska congressional seat in 2012 or for the Senate seat against Democratic Senator Mark Begich in 2014, Miller said he “wouldn’t take anything off the table.”

“There are no specific plans right now but I want to continue to be an influence and will continue to be active.” Miller said.

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