At the end of last week, U.S. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced the latest round of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s (NRCC) candidates included in the “On the Radar” level of its “Young Guns” program.
With the GOP looking to flip the U.S. House in November, the NRCC added two Florida Republicans to the “On the Radar” level.
“We are pleased to add another round of impressive candidates to our Young Guns program,” said McCarthy. “The socialist Democrats’ sham impeachment investigation has inspired hundreds of well-qualified candidates to run for office and put the majority well within our reach.”
“The Young Guns program requires candidates to work towards specific goals and meet benchmarks throughout the election cycle to ensure their campaigns remain competitive, well-funded and communicative within their districts,” the NRCC noted.
While he jumped in against U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., last week, Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez was quickly added to the program. Also joining it is Dr. Leo Valentin, a physician running in the crowded primary to take on U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla.
Other candidates designated “On the Radar” by the NRCC in Florida include attorney Amanda Makki who is running in the primary to challenge U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla.; businesswoman Irina Vilarino who is also looking to topple Mucarsel-Powell; and journalist Maria Salazar who is hoping for a rematch against U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla.
The NRCC had included educator, veteran and businessman George Buck, who is hoping for a rematch with Crist, in the “On the Radar” program but yanked recognition from him after he called for hanging U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.
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