4th District Update: Key endorsements plus 3 qualify for NRCC's 'Young Guns'

04/19/2012 10:59 AM

The Northern Kentucky Right to Life group threw its support to Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore in the Republican primary for the 4th Congressional District.

The group said six of the seven candidates responded with “100% pro-life answers” to the organization’s questionnaires. The endorsement letter did not say which candidate did not.

It cited Moore and state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington of Fort Wright as having “good pro-life records as public officeholders” but gave the nod to Moore for having a longer tenure in office.

“We especially note the strong support and courageous efforts of Judge-Executive Gary Moore of NKRTL’s efforts to pass a resolution before the Northern Kentucky Independent Health District Board reversing their policy of dispensing contraception and abortifacient birth control pills to teenage girls,” said the April 11 endorsement letter signed by the organization’s treasurer, Fred H. Summe.

This comes after Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie landed a key endorsement from Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Friday.

Both endorsements could lead to support for the candidates. Paul’s national network often can generate campaign donations on behalf of candidates.

And Northern Kentucky Right to Life carries sway in the conservative and heavily Catholic communities across the Ohio River from Cincinnati.

Webb-Edgington, Moore and Massie put ‘on the radar’

After Moore, Massie and Webb-Edgington each reported raising six-figures so far in their race, the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Young Guns” program placed them in its “on the radar” category.

That’s the entry level of its program aimed at helping GOP congressional candidates that reach certain thresholds, such as raising adequate campaign funds and having an aggressive campaign organization.

Andy Barr, the Republican candidate in the 6th congressional district, remains in the Young Gun’s higher tier of “contenders.”


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