McMahon gets Tea Party endorsement, Democrats tout the news

Democrats might be more excited about the Tea Party’s endorsement of Republican Linda McMahon than the GOP candidate herself.

FreedomWorks, a Washington-based Tea Party group, officially weighed in on behalf of Republican Senate nominee McMahon today, saying she was the clear “choice for limited government” in the Connecticut contest that pits her against Democrat Richard Blumenthal.

FreedomWorks said the endorsement would mean help with get-out-the-vote efforts, as well as direct mail, yard signs, phone banks and other campaign basics before Nov. 2. Of course, the McMahon camp has all of that, and more, covered quite well.

While the McMahon campaign didn’t put out any announcement, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sure did. “With the out of state, tea party affiliated organization FreedomWorks set to endorse her … Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon’s pandering has hit a new high,” the news release blared. The “pandering” at issue was McMahon’s comments to a group of Tea Party activists that she would be open to “voting to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency.”

Deirdre Murphy, a DSCC spokeswoman, said: “McMahon should immediately disclose what other extreme promises she has made to the tea party.”