Yesterday, David Castillo, Republican candidate for Congress running in Washington's third district, announced the endorsement of the FreedomWorks PAC. From the release:
“We are proud to endorse David Castillo as a Champion of Freedom. His commitment to fundamental free market principles tells me he will be one of the leaders in the next Congress on core limited government issues,” said Chairman Dick Armey.
Castillo is only one of four House challengers to be endorsed by the PAC and listed on their ‘Top Targets’ list. They indicate their support by referring to endorsed candidates as a “Champion Of Freedom”. The group has also endorsed four Senate challengers – three of whom have received national media coverage of their races: Marco Rubio (FL), Rand Paul (KY), and Pat Toomey (PA).
“I am truly honored and humbled to have their support,” states Castillo. “Having seen this organization from the inside, I know and share their strong commitment to promote freedom through lower taxes and less government. When it comes to fiscal responsibility and conservative economic principles – FreedomWorks and Dick Armey are the real deal.”
As the release notes, Castillo was the Washington State Assistant State Director of Citizens for a Sound Economy-- the predecessor of FreedomWorks. So, while this is a good get, and not one that should be dismissed as irrelevant or insignificant, it may not be read in quite the same way as, say, the PAC's endorsement of Mike Lee in Utah, will be or has been. Still, Castillo will be happy, and this will probably count for something with some of the Tea Party crowd. [intro]