In what may ultimately be one of the hottest primary challenges against a congressional incumbent in the country, a new television ad is on the airwaves, blasting Congresswoman Kay Granger for being out of step with the conservative values of her district.

The 30-second spot, paid for by the Protect Freedom PAC, references Granger’s repeated support for the taxpayer-funding of abortion provider Planned Parenthood and opposition to proposed legislation in Texas to limit abortions.

The real kicker, however, is a line Granger infamously delivered during an interview with liberal network MSNBC, in which she stated, “I am a pro-choice Republican.”

Until just recently, Granger has been unabashed in her pro-choice stance, describing the practice of abortion as “a situation that a woman makes a decision with her own self and her own physician and her own family.”

For the first time in her 23-year congressional stint, however, Granger faces a serious challenge in the Republican primary election by former Colleyville City Councilman Chris Putnam, who has been endorsed by Texas Right to Life—the state’s largest and oldest pro-life organization.

Granger, on the other hand, is touting the support of Texas Alliance for Life, a fake “pro-life” group known best in Austin for killing life-saving legislation behind the scenes while giving political cover to moderate Republicans.

Voters in Congressional District 12, a safe Republican district that stretches from West Tarrant County into Parker and Wise counties, will make their decision in the Republican primary election on March 3.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens