The fiscally conservative, deep-pocketed group Club for Growth strongly praised Herman Cain in a press release Wednesday afternoon.
"Herman Cain is surging in the polls because his clear message of limited government and economic freedom is resonating," said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. "Cain has articulated a strong vision for putting America back on the path to prosperity. A clear message promoting economic growth, like the one Herman Cain is presenting, is essential to defeating Obama. Republican primary voters ought to give Herman Cain a close look. We are."
When asked if their statement meant the Club might endorse Cain, spokesman Barney Keller coyly (and repeatedly) replied "Anything's possible."
Cain's biggest hurdle towards becoming a first-tier candidate is his fundraising. The Club's strong praise for him could serve as a good housekeeping seal of approval for Tea Party supporters and help him further gain traction, and should they decide to endorse and spend money on his behalf it could help him close the gap with Mitt Romney and Rick Perry in inexpensive early states like Iowa and New Hampshire.