The National Republican Congressional Committee has promoted one of its candidates plus added three more to the ranks of its Young Guns program.
House Republicans have upgraded businessman Jim Renacci (R), who is challenging Rep. John Boccieri‘s (D-Ohio), from “On the Radar” to “Contender” status within the program. The infrastructure and fundraising program is intended to reward candidates, such as Renacci, who run good campaigns.
The committee has also accepted the following candidates into the lowest ranks of the program: State Rep. John Loughlin (R-R.I.), who is challenging Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), state Sen. Dan Debicella (R-Conn.), who is challenging Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), and Gulf War Veteran Mike Grimm (R-N.Y.), who is challenging Rep. Michael E. McMahon (D-N.Y.), have all been deemed “On the Radar” candidates.
Young Guns currently counts 14 Republicans as “Contenders” and another 35 Republicans as “On the Radar,” according to the NRCC’s Web site.