By PE Politics
on October 25, 2010 12:01 PM

The Tea Party Express this morning endorsed more than two dozen congressional candidates in California, including Reps. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, and Ken Calvert, R-Corona.

But noticeably absent from the conservative group’s list is any endorsement in the 45th Congressional District, where Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, is facing a stiff challenge from her hometown’s mayor, Democrat Steve Pougnet.

Little known third party candidate Bill Lussenheide, who is affiliated with the Tea Party movement, is also on the ballot. But that wasn’t the reason Bono Mack was denied the endorsement, Tea Party Express spokesman Levi Russell said.

It was her vote for the so-called cap-and-trade bill approved earlier this year in the House. Bono Mack was one of just eight Republicans to support the bill, which is meant to curb climate change and grow alternative energy industries by putting new caps on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and refineries.

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