Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, November 24, 2013
The 2014 campaign season is just around the corner, and with that a new batch of Congressional hopefuls launching campaigns to become the next great Washington, D.C. politician.
For Republicans, however, a big part often involves securing the backing of the national committees. On Friday, the National Republican Congressional Committee named its first batch of “On the Radar” candidates – aspiring hopefuls who are on the short list to receive “Young Guns” status with the committee.
As part of the “Young Guns” program, which was developed during the 2008 cycle by then-rising star Reps. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.) and Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), identified candidates must work toward specific goals and meet various benchmarks set by the committee throughout the year. The program has been an official NRCC effort for the past two election cycles.
Of the 36 candidates identified as “On the Radar” Friday, four of them are running for the seats they lost in 2012 – Reps. Bob Dold and Bobby Schilling of Illinois, Rep. Frank Guinta of New Hampshire and Rep. Nan Hayworth of New York. A fifth, Rep. Doug Ose of California, has also previously served in Congress.
“These 36 candidates all provide a stark contrast to their liberal opponents, whose support of ObamaCare and this Administration’s big-government, job-destroying agenda has taken a toll on the American people,” NRCC Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said in a press release. “With ObamaCare’s bad policies and botched rollout affecting families across our nation, and our country diving deeper into debt each and every day, it’s time to bring real change backed by conservative principles and priorities to Washington. I am confident that these candidates will continue to work hard for their communities and their campaigns as we head into the 2014 election year.”
Listed below are 9 “On the Radar” candidates you should keep an eye out for in the next few months. A full list of the candidates promoted to the program is available here.