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July 29, 2014

House GOP Women Fundraise for Florida Special Candidate (Updated)

House GOP Women Fundraise for Florida Special Candidate (Updated)

Wagner is one of a handful of women who are supporting Peters in the special election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:07 a.m. | Six House Republicans — including a handful of women — are slated to host a fundraising luncheon for state Rep. Kathleen Peters’ special-election bid on Wednesday, according to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call.

Peters is running against lobbyist David Jolly in the competitive primary for Florida’s 13th District. Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young died earlier this year, creating the vacancy.

Five House Republican women, plus one GOP congressman from Florida, are on the Washington, D.C., event invitation. They are Reps. Ann Wagner of Missouri, Susan W. Brooks of Indiana, Diane Black of Tennessee, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, Lynn Jenkins of Kansas and Daniel Webster of Florida.

This event marks an early and overt manifestation from Wagner and Black to help female candidates in primaries. It’s part of a larger effort from the two Republicans to increase the number of women in their caucus from 19 female members.

The son of the late congressman and VIEW PAC, a group that bills itself as “a fundraising source for Republican women candidates running for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate,” will also host the lunch.

The race is rated Tossup by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Young died in October. The primary election is  Jan. 14 and the general election is March 11.

Update 11:07 a.m

Wagner’s camp released a statement on the race that included a full endorsement of Peters.

“Kathleen Peters is exactly the kind of strong woman we need more of in Congress.  I am happy to support her candidacy because Congress needs more mothers, grandmothers and community leaders who know what its like to wake up every day and go to work for your family and the community.  She has faithfully served her local community in Pinellas County for years and now it is time for Kathleen to join other great women leaders in Washington who are dedicated to serving this great country.”

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