NRCC announces Miller-Meeks Added to Young Guns Program
The Republican National Congressional Committee announced today that Mariannette Miller-Meeks, a Republican congressional candidate running in the 2nd district of Iowa, earned a spot in their recruitment program, Young Guns. She’s achieved “On the Radar” status, the first of three levels she must complete on a path the full “Young Gun” distinction.
Her addition today means that three out of the four congressional districts in the state have Republicans in Young Guns. David Young, in the Iowa 3rd district and Ashley Hinson of the Iowa 1st district, were added in August of 2019 when the first round of names was released.
Young Guns is a recruitment and mentorship program that was founded in the 2007-2008 cycle by Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, and Kevin McCarthy. Candidates must meet enrollment requirements to become eligible to join the Young Guns program. Earning Young Gun status is a much-coveted distinction for a Republican congressional candidate. Being added to the program serves as a seal of approval by the Republican National Congressional Committee, confirming to donors and other interested parties that the candidate’s campaign has completed established benchmarks concerning fundraising and operations. It also provides additional training and support to those candidates.
This is the first time that Miller-Meeks has earned “On the Radar Status” in a primary. In 2014, she was added in her general election run to unseat Congressman Dave Loebsack. Miller-Meeks is running against former Illinois Republican Congressman Bobby Schilling in the primary. When Reached for comment on this announcement, Shilling had no on the record statement.
Iowa Field Report was the first to report on Miller-Meeks’ fundraising results from Q4 of 2019. Schilling has yet to release his fundraising results from the last quarter of 2019. The filing 2019 Q4 deadline for all Congressional finance reports is next Friday, January 31st.
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