The Club for Growth waded into the debate over the Tea Party on Monday, knocking former Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) for comments he made disparaging anti-establishment candidates.

Lott, now a high-powered lobbyist, was quoted in the Washington Post over the weekend criticizing Tea Party-backed candidates.

“We don’t need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples,” he told the Post. “As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them.”

The Club for Growth, which has provided financial backing to several Tea Party favorites, issued a statement today upbraiding Lott for kowtowing to his corporate clients.

“Corporate lobbyist Trent Lott is apparently afraid Congress’s incoming freshman class will put an end to the earmarks, handouts, and bailouts that make him rich,” Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said. 

Chocola even invoked the notorious gaffe that cost Lott his leadership post.

“To paraphrase the former Leader himself, if recent Senates had had more Jim DeMints and fewer Trent Lotts making economic policy, ‘we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years,’” he said.

That’s a reference to Lott’s infamous comments praising Strom Thurmond’s 1948 presidential campaign.