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Tea Party Super PAC Squabble Descends into Insults About Barney, Eating Paint Chips

It’s getting personal in the Cleve, as a conservative PAC and former GOP congressman traded grade-school insults Monday over a disputed GOP primary that’s accruing a hefty price tag.

Defending Main Street SuperPAC, formed by retired GOP lawmaker Steve LaTourette, has been putting hundreds of thousands of dollars behind its candidates to counteract what it calls the attacks on establishment candidates from the conservative group Club for Growth. The two PACs now look set to square off over the GOP primary for OH-14, LaTourette’s old district, in which LaTourette’s candidate Dave Joyce is being challenged by tea partier Matt Lynch.

LaTourette has already spent $44,000 on the race, but Club for Growth’s spokesperson Barney Keller rolled his eyes at the idea that such largesse was necessary to balance out his group, which hasn’t spent yet on the race: “I think Steve LaTourette may have eaten a lot of paint chips as a kid,” Keller said, a crack LaTourette said was a “pretty bold statement for a guy named after a purple dinosaur.”

And we have a ballgame.

[h/t Plain Dealer]

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