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Nation: Brooks, Gerlach Rise in NRCC Candidate Ranks

The National Republican Congressional Committee has come full circle in Alabama’s 5th district.

Madison County Commissioner Mo Brooks, who won the GOP nomination, has been restored to the “Young Guns” candidate program — a status Brooks had last year but lost when party-switching Rep. Parker Griffith gave Republicans an incumbency to defend.

Brooks soundly defeated Griffith in their June 1 primary and will go on to face political consultant Steve Raby (D) in a district that has not elected a Republican since Reconstruction.

On Monday, the NRCC named Brooks to the first level of the three-tiered Young Guns campaign finance and infrastructure program.

The NRCC also put Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Gerlach in its “Patriot” program, which seeks to boost the party’s most vulnerable incumbents.

Last cycle, an unheralded opponent held Gerlach to a 4-point winning margin, while President Barack Obama won the district by 17 points.

In the fall, Gerlach will face physician and Iraq War veteran Manan Trivedi.

PAC for Veterans to Raise Money on Intrepid

The USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York will be the venue for a fundraiser intended to raise money to elect conservative Republicans with a military background.

The $1,000-per-plate fundraiser in Manhattan is intended to become an annual event for Iraq Veterans for Congress PAC.

Gary Berntsen (R), a Senate hopeful in New York, and Allen West, a candidate for the 22nd district seat in Florida, will be showcased at the June 21 event along with other candidates the political action committee is supporting this cycle, organizer Kieran Lalor said in a news release.

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