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02/19/2014 10:32 am ET Updated Feb 19, 2014

Louie Gohmert Launches Effort To Defend Conservatives Against 'Mainstream' Republican Attacks

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) is launching a political action committee to defend ultra-conservatives against attacks from "mainstream" Republicans.

In an interview with the Daily Caller, Gohmert said he's launching the GOH Conservative PAC because "there's a war against the tea party."

“That’s been a problem, we’ve seen in some races, where we’ve had leadership come and play and there was no counterbalance. So I’m going to do something about it," Gohmert said.

“There's a war against the tea party. There's a war against conservatives, we’re told. If somebody declares war on me I'm not just going to lie down and take it. I'm going to fight,” Gohmert added. ”You’ve got to have money to fight opposition. The leaders in the party raise money so that [makes congressmen] feel they have to stay close to them. If we raise money on our own we can take a stand.”

Gohmert said he was inspired by the Senate Conservatives Fund, started by former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who now heads the Heritage Foundation.

Gohmert hasn't been shy about criticizing those who object to his tea party views and expressing his "profound disagreement" with GOP leadership in the past. In Oct. 2013, he took a hit at Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), charging that he "supported Al Qaeda" in traveling to Syria, and in 2011 he criticized House Speaker John Boehner (R) for "believing the president."

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