Pat Toomey, Chairman of the fiscally conservative political group Club for Growth, announced Monday that he has left the group to pursue other opportunities.

I feel extremely honored to have been able to lead such a great organization, Toomey said in a statement released Monday.

And while I will certainly miss the Club for Growth, I am comforted knowing that the organization will be left in the capable and talented hands of my former congressional colleague.

The colleague Toomey spoke of is former Representative Chris Chocola (R-IN), who has been chosen to take Toomey's place in Club for Growth.

I wish Pat the best of luck on his new path and am confident that he will be successful in whatever he does, Chocola said in a statement.

I became a member of its Leadership Council because I believe in the Club's mission to promote limited government and economic freedom. As president, I have every intention of maintaining that commitment to the fullest degree.

Toomey is widely expected to make a run for the Senate in Pennsylvania, though he has not yet officially announced his intention to run in the 2010 Republican primary.

Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), who holds the seat up for grabs in 2010, has, in anticipation of facing Toomey in the Republican primary, already begun attacking Toomey in advertisements.

Specter and Toomey had previously competed during the 2004 Republican primaries, with Specter narrowly defeating Toomey for the seat.

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