The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) is targeting Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamSenate braces for fallout over Supreme Court fight Republicans seek to lower odds of a shutdown GOP torn over what to do next MORE (R-S.C.) and Richard BurrRichard BurrSenate committee to question Kushner over Russian meetings: report Devin Nunes has jeopardized the oversight role of Congress Schumer: Trump must apologize for wiretapping claim MORE (R-N.C.) with radio ads blasting their opposition to a threatened government shutdown over defunding ObamaCare.
Graham has a trio of 2014 primary challengers, though he appears to be in a strong position for reelection.
"Republicans in Congress can stop ObamaCare by refusing to fund it, but Senator Richard Burr says that's 'the dumbest idea he's ever heard.' Really? What's dumb is for Richard Burr to vote to fund a government program like ObamaCare that will do so much harm to North Carolina families," the ad's narrator says in the North Carolina ad.
A similar ad is running against Graham criticizing him for calling the plan "a bridge too far."
The move is the latest salvo in a fight between hardline conservatives led by Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeOvernight Defense: General says US strike probably led to civilian deaths | Tillerson to push NATO on spending | Trump taps F-35 chief Senate backs Montenegro's NATO membership The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Utah) — who want to use the looming fights over the debt ceiling and funding government operations to try to force President Obama to defund his signature program — and many establishment Republicans who see the effort as counterproductive and fanciful.
But conservative groups aren't capitulating. The Senate Conservatives Fund is standing with the Heritage Society, led by SCF founder and former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), in warning Republicans not to back down on the issue.
This post was updated at 1:59 p.m.