Martha Roby Takes Sides in Florida Special Election
Posted at 12:55 p.m. on Jan. 2
Roby, center, is the latest female GOP lawmaker to rally around Peters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama has joined a handful of other House Republican women who are supporting a female candidate in the competitive GOP primary to succeed the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Congress, according to a recent Federal Election Commission filing.
Roby’s leadership political action committee, MARTHA PAC, donated $1,000 to state Rep. Kathleen Peters, according to a 48 hour notice the Peters campaign filed with the FEC on Dec. 31.
A slew of House Republican women are either overtly or quietly helping Peters in her race against GOP lobbyist David Jolly in the Jan. 14 special election primary. The winner of that campaign will likely face the Democrats’ all-but-certain candidate, former state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink in the March 11 general election.
In early December, freshman Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri endorsed Peters. That same week, a band of GOP women hosted a fundraiser on the Peters’ behalf — they included Wagner and Reps. Susan W. Brooks of Indiana, Diane Black of Tennessee, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina and Lynn Jenkins of Kansas. The invitation also listed one male host, Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida.
Wagner, in particular, is proving to be an active participant in assisting Republican female candidates through 2014 recruitment.
As for Roby, MARTHA PAC made small contributions to incumbents and challengers of both genders this cycle. She donated to a litany of vulnerable Republican House incumbents, Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito’s Senate bid in West Virginia and two GOP House challengers, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
This is an open-seat race to replace Young, who died in October.