NRCC promotes 6th District candidate Andy Barr to top "Young Guns" status

05/10/2012 11:37 AM

The National Republican Congressional Committee named 6th District Republican candidate Andy Barr among the first dozen “Young Guns” — a rung higher than where Barr got last year in his bid to unseat Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler.

The Young Guns program — started in 2008 by GOP House leaders, Congressmen Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy and Paul Ryan — aims to help Republican candidates with fundraising, organizational and volunteer support. But first, candidates must clear a number of thresholds to prove themselves.

“Andy Barr has met a series of rigorous goals that will put him in position to win on Election Day,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions, a Texas congressman. “The momentum behind his campaign is proof-positive that Kentucky families are fed up with President Obama and Ben Chandler’s policies that spend too much, tax too much and borrow too much at the expense of hard-working families.”

Barr raised $184,425 in the first quarter of this year and started April with $470,827 on hand. Chandler, who has been in Congress since 2004, raised $220,230 in the same period and had more than $1 million in the bank.

Barr made it to the second tier of “contender” in 2010 when he lost by 648 votes to Chandler.

The third tier of candidates are listed as “on the radar.” In Kentucky this year, three candidates running for the nomination in the 4th Congressional District have reached that entry level: Gary Moore, Alecia Webb-Edgington and Thomas Massie.

Barr faces two other candidates in the May 22 primary.


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