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Connelly endorsed by Freedom Caucus chairman in SC race

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2014 file photo, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. speaks in Washington.
FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2014 file photo, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. speaks in Washington. AP

5th District congressional candidate Chad Connelly has picked up the endorsement of the head of one of the most conservative groups in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, endorsed Connelly in the special election to fill South Carolina’s 5th District congressional seat.

“In Congress, we need more conservative leaders like Chad Connelly who will work with our coalition for limited government, lower taxes and a true repeal of Obamacare,” Meadows said.

Connelly is running for the seat that until recently was held by U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, one of the founding members of the Freedom Caucus. Mulvaney resigned to join the Trump Administration.

While made up of GOP congressional members, the 30-odd member Freedom Caucus has been thorn in the side of House Republican leaders.

The caucus’ opposition to House leaders’ budget priorities led to John Boehner’s resignation as speaker in 2015. Earlier this year, their opposition forced the withdrawal of a Republican anti-Obamacare bill.

Like Mulvaney, Meadows said Connelly “has shown that he is not afraid to stand up to leaders in both parties to advance conservative principles and stand for the Constitution.”

Meadows is not the first member of the Freedom Caucus to endorse Connelly. The former S.C. GOP chair and Republican National Committee official received the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-Laurens, in March.

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