The Washington Times - October 17, 2013, 02:29PM

Well that didn’t take long.

The conservative Club for Growth endorsed Chris McDaniel’s bid to join the Senate next year, mere hours after the Mississippi state lawmaker announced Thursday he is gunning for the seat that’s been held by Sen. Thad Cochran, a fellow Republican, since the late 1970s.


“Sen. Chris McDaniel represents the next generation of conservative leadership that Mississippi Republicans are waiting for,” Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said. “In the State Senate, Chris McDaniel led Mississippi’s fight against Obamacare, opposed harmful tax increases, and stood strong against the big spenders in Jackson. It’s no wonder his colleagues named him the leader of Mississippi’s conservatives in the Mississippi State Senate and we have no doubt he’ll be a leader in the fight for economic freedom in the United States Senate.”

Mr. McDaniel, 41, made his announcement in Ellisville, Miss., and is aligned with tea party conservatism.

Mr. Cochran, meanwhile, has not said whether or not he will run for re-election.