10/09/2013 01:54 pm ET

Tea Party Group Withdraws Endorsement Of Mitch McConnell


Tea Party Nation, led by conservative activist Judson Phillips, has withdrawn its endorsement of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the GOP primary against Matt Bevin.

McConnell's campaign website posted an endorsement from Phillips in May 2013. Phillips wrote on the Tea Party Nation blog Wednesday that the group would withdraw the endorsement, citing a "hugely revealing" report by Glenn Beck that McConnell had allegedly referred to tea party senators as traitors.

Phillips cited the group's support of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) as part of their decision to withdraw their endorsement.

"While Ted Cruz was fighting, Mitch McConnell was stabbing him in the back," Phillips wrote.

Though the group no longer backs McConnell, Phillips made it clear in the comments on his blog post that the group would not be supporting Bevin, calling him "at best another Todd Akin."

"As far as Bevin is concerned, hell will freeze before we endorse him," Phillips wrote.


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