House Republicans Announce Vulnerable Incumbents for Patriot Program
Posted at 9:41 a.m. on April 22, 2013
Walden is the chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
The House GOP’s campaign arm unveiled the first round of vulnerable incumbents for its Patriot program on Monday morning, suggesting which members it believes could need the most help in 2014.
However, these 11 new members in their incumbent-retention program have also signed a contract pledging they will reach certain communications, fundraising and strategy benchmarks to receive support later in the cycle.
“Our Members in the Patriot Program have proven that they are ready to run aggressive, organized campaigns,” National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden of Oregon said in a press release.
A couple of names are notably absent from the list below, including Rep. Gary G. Miller, R-Calif., who represents a district that President Barack Obama won with 57 percent last November. House Democrats have already indicated Miller will be one of their top targets in 2014.
A GOP source noted Patriot members must reach certain goals in their campaigns, and Miller raised a meager $78,000 in the first quarter of this year. But Miller could join the program later this cycle when the NRCC continues to add members to its ranks.
(See what this cycle’s most vulnerable House members raised in Roll Call’s first-quarter fundraising chart.)
Here are the 11 House Republicans named to the program in the first round: