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February 6, 2016

House Republicans Promote Seven Candidates

The National Republican Congressional Committee has elevated seven more candidates to the second-level “Contender” status of its Young Guns program for top House GOP prospects.

All GOP House candidates are eligible to apply for the Young Guns program. According to the NRCC, “Contender candidates have completed stringent program metrics and are on the path to developing a mature and competitive campaign operation.” The NRCC does not release any specifics on those benchmarks.

These seven additions are either running against Democratic incumbents or in open-seat races that the NRCC has deemed “favorable to the GOP candidate.”

The seven candidates are:

  • State Sen. Lee Zeldin, a Republican running against Rep. Timothy H. Bishop, D-N.Y., in the 1st District. Zeldin faces a primary with a self-funding prosecutor, George Demos. The race is rated Leans Democratic by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
  • Miami Dade County School Board member Carlos Curbelo, who is looking to oust Rep. Joe Garcia in Florida’s 26th District. The race is rated Tilt Democratic by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
  • Chester County Commissioner Ryan Costello, running in the open-seat race for Pennsylvania’s 6th District. GOP Rep. Jim Gerlach is retiring. The race is rated Leans Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
  • State Sen. Torrey Westrom, a Republican running against longtime Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., in the 7th District. The race is rated Leans Democratic by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
  • Businessman Pedro Celis, running against freshman Rep. Suzan DelBene in Washington’s 1st District. The race is rated a Safe Democratic contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
  • State Sen. Jeff Gorell, who is running against freshman Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley in California’s 26th District. The race is rated a Democrat Favored contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
  • Former state Sen. Dan Debicella. Debicella is running against Democratic Rep. Jim Himes in Connecticut’s 4th District. The race is rated a Safe Democratic contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

These candidates join a list of 17 others who earned the same distinction last month.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has a similar program to aid its most promising candidates called Red to Blue. A list of those candidates can be found here.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    The worse cheaters currently in our country, are the politicians who have cheated the more than two million unemployed workers out of their extended unemployment benefits since last December. These politicians such as John Boehner, not only have cheated these poor unemployed families of their benefits, but have ruined their credit and financial lives in the process. These people have worked all of their lives, believing that the taxes being taken out of their weekly paychecks, may one day benefit them should they become unfortunately unemployed due to lay offs and downsizing. However after their 26 weeks were finished, they were left hung out to dry by the republican senators. Although billions of tax payer’s dollars recently was approved for the Ukraine, these families have received nothing but delay after delay, and promises after promises. Many of these families have lost their homes, have been evicted from their apartments, have become bankrupt, and homeless, While the politicians continue to play their “party politics” and using these families as bargaining chips and political leverage. It’s sad that the victims of the recession, which largely was the fault of the greedy banking and airline industries, amongst other large corporations, are made to feel that they’re asking for something that they really don’t deserve, such as financial help to support their families until they can find proper work again. Why does it seem that the government can always find the money to bailout companies, and for foreign aid, and personal raises, but not to help the most needy Americans in our country? We’re now going into 5 months of waiting and hoping for help to arrive in the form of an extension bill passing in the senate, and the Republicans are still not wanting to help these families. They have become so out of touch with the reality of the 99 percent of us in this country, that they have no clue of the amount of pain and damage that’s been caused with each passing day, week, and month that the extension isn’t passed for these families. My only solace is that in the next election in 2016, these millions of broken and hurt Americans will use their voting rights to vote all of these career politicians out from office for good. We need to bring back “public servants, not “public masters”

  • Oliver Ales

    While a majority’s opinion may tell us what some people desire on a particular occasion, it cannot tell us what those very same people would choose if they were more educated.

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