Tea Party group FreedomWorks, a leading conservative superPAC, announced on Tuesday that it would endorse Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon in his bid to replace retiring Republican Sen. Tom Coburn in the hotly contested Republican primary.
FreedomWorks is joining the Senate Conservatives Fund, Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in backing Mr. Shannon over Rep. James Lankford in the race.
“T.W. Shannon is a principled leader who doesn’t simply talk about small-government reforms, he works to make them a reality,” said FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe in a statement on the group’s website.
“He has blocked ObamaCare implementation in Oklahoma, signed a pledge to fight Common Core, founded the first States’ Rights Committee to protect Oklahomans from overreaching federal regulation, and consistently voted for lower taxes and more individual freedom.”
Mr. Shannon, 36, was the first black elected speaker of the House in the Oklahoma legislature. He has been in the state House of Representatives since 2006.