Iowa’s John Archer and Ben Lange were among seven congressional candidates added to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Young Guns” program on Thursday. The distinction means the NRCC has confidence in the candidates’ campaign structure and ability to compete races in November. It also makes Archer and Lange more likely to receive funding and other valuable resources from the NRCC.
“These candidates have met a series of rigorous goals that will put them in position to win on Election Day,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX). “The momentum behind these campaigns is proof-positive that Americans are fed up with President Obama’s policies that spend too much, tax too much and borrow too much at the expense of hard-working families. These seven candidates are leading the pack as Republicans continue to send a loud and clear message that we will hold Democrats accountable for their job-destroying agenda.”
John Archer is challenging Democrat Dave Loebsack in Iowa’s 2nd congressional district. An internal poll released earlier this week shows Archer within five points of the incumbent. Archer has spent the last 11 years as senior counsel at Deere and Company. He is also the part owner of The Schebler Company, a Bettendorf-based manufacturer than employs 160 people.
Ben Lange is making his second attempt at unseating Bruce Braley in Iowa’s 1st congressional district. He came within two points of upsetting the heavily favored incumbent two years ago. Lange, an attorney, is running for Congress to “Restore the Generational Compact” and not burden future generations with our debt.
Originally founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program has become an official NRCC effort with the help of the Young Gun founders and is dedicated to electing open-seat and challenger candidates nationwide. In 2010, 62 of the 90 “Young Guns” candidates were elected to the House of Representatives, helping the GOP regain the majority.
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