Washington (CNN) â€“ The Tea Party Express is hyping, what it calls, “exclusive news”: that the group has placed another name on its list of political targets.
On Wednesday, Sal Russo – chief strategist of the Tea Party Express – distributed an email to supporters.
It states that the group is “pleased to tip you…to the exclusive news that we will be making another Democrat, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, one of our top targets for defeat in these upcoming 2012 elections.”
“Nelson traded his principles, our freedoms & liberties, and the quality of our nation’s healthcare systemâ€“all for $100 million for Nebraska,” the email states. “Nelson is a Democrat elected in a conservative ‘Red State’ and he seemed to think he could buy off votes for his re-election.”
The charge goes back to last year’s heated battle over health care reform -and pertains to a potential perk for Nebraska.
To help secure Nelson’s vote for the health care package, the bill included a $100 million Medicaid exception for Nebraska. Republicans dubbed it the “Cornhusker Kickback,” a phrase that includes the name of Nebraska college sports teams.
What the Tea Party Express email does not explain is that the $100 million Medicaid exception was removed from the health care bill.
There is also no mention of Nelson’s displays of fiscal conservatism.
During the health care debate, Nelson was among some in his party who spoke out against certain costs. And during debate over the economic stimulus plan, Nelson was concerned about substantial amounts of money that, he felt, didn’t belong in the bill.
Jake Thompson â€“ Nelson’s communications director â€“ would not specifically comment on the news that Tea Party activists would work to oust the senator. Nor would he address the criticism.
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