The following is a statement from the American Conservative Union:
“To be clear, the American Conservative Union does not endorse candidates. Our ACU PAC, however, does endorse candidates but has no plans to endorse a primary candidate in the race for the Republican seat for the 9th Congressional District of Georgia.”
This statement conflicts with both a press release sent yesterday by Martha Zoller’s campaign, and a follow up e-mail supplied to Peach Pundit indicating a board member of the ACU PAC had expressly given permission to the Zoller campaign to use the word “endorsement”. That email neither included an ACU letterhead nor was from an ACU email address, however.
Regardless, it does appear that Zoller had the right to believe there was an endorsement, but the official statement from the ACU is clear. There is no endorsement from them in this race.
Updated: The American Conservative Union is now distributing the following statement with additional clarification:
Statement by ACU Communications Director Laura Rigas:
“The American Conservative Union does not endorse candidates. Our ACU PAC, however, does endorse candidates but has no plans to endorse a primary candidate in the race for the Republican seat for the 9th Congressional District of Georgia. We mistakenly communicated that an endorsement had been made where there was no such endorsement. We accept responsibility for this mistake and apologize for any inconvenience. Both candidates are strong conservatives and we wish them well.”