RedState's Erick Erickson, an influential tea party pundit, slammed Thom Tillis' U.S. Senate bid, throwing support behind the relatively unknown Greg Brannon in the GOP primary.
Speaking at his organization's gathering in New Orleans last weekend, Erickson said: "I can tell you I rather vote for the pile of brown goo on the side of the road in New Orleans than vote for that guy as a Republican in North Carolina. He is terrible. You do not want this person."
"Who you do want," Erickson continued, "is a doctor who is here to speak to you who may not be as high in the polls as the speaker of the House of Rep in North Carolina but neither were Marco Rubio, or Rand Paul or Mike Lee or Ted Cruz, but with your help won. And we have to help this guy Greg Brannon."
Brannon spoke for roughly 20 minutes and answered questions. He gave his personal story, recounting his mother giving birth to him at age 19 and growing up in California. He is practicing ob/gyn in Cary who is married with seven children, the last three adopted from China.
He focused his political remarks on attacking the federal health care law and what he called an "Obama-nation" with the White House stepping on "our Constitution's toes."
Tillis is the most prominent Republican in the party primary so far, but his campaign is having trouble gaining traction. Brannon is getting fringe support, but Erickson's backing represents the first notable endorsement from outside North Carolina.
Watch the remarks below.