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March 04, 2009

Club for Growth's first endorsement

For its first endorsement of the 2010 election cycle, the Club for Growth is backing a familiar face to succeed Rep. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.), who announced she is running for governor.

The anti-tax group is already backing former state Rep. Kevin Calvey for the seat, even though the Republican field is just beginning to emerge. The Club endorsed Calvey when the seat was last open in 2006, but he finished a distant fourth to Fallin.

The Club cited his work cutting Oklahoma’s income tax and opposing a “pork spending bill" in the state legislature.

“Given Kevin Calvey’s record in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, we have every reason to believe he will be a strong fiscal conservative in Congress,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “As Congress seems more and more determined to spend the country into oblivion, Washington could use a fighter like Kevin Calvey to stand up for taxpayer’s hard-earned money.”

Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett, who also challenged Fallin in 2006, and state Rep. Mike Thompson are both considering the race.

Another 2006 candidate, physician Johnny Roy, has already announced he’s running again.