No to the Club for Growth

Haley Barbour, Practical Man

02.13.13 11:49 AM ET

The former Mississippi governor has some tough words for the Club for Growth, reports Robert Costa at National Review:

In an interview with National Review Online on Tuesday, Barbour ... acknowledged his growing frustration with conservative organizations that target Republicans in primaries.

“We kicked away four or five Senate seats in the last two cycles by nominating candidates who did not have the best chance to win,” he says. “We ought to talk to Republican donors now, in the off-season before the primaries, and discourage them from donating to organizations that will attack good Republicans.”

“Republican groups like the Club for Growth should stop spending money to defeat Republicans,” he adds. “Politics can’t be about purity. Unity wins in politics, purity loses.”