The National Republican Congressional Committee today announced that Martha McSally has reached ‘Young Gun’ status, the top tier of the Committee’s four-level ‘Young Gun’ recruitment program. Founded during the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI), the ‘Young Guns’ program is a Member-driven effort that is the primary method for recruiting strong candidates for both open-seat and challenger races. McSally is running for Arizona’s Second Congressional District.
“Martha McSally has met a series of rigorous goals that will put her in position to win on Election Day,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX). “The momentum behind her campaign is proof-positive that Arizona families are fed up with President Obama’s policies that spend too much, tax too much and borrow too much at the expense of successful small businesses. Martha McSally is leading the pack as Republicans continue to send a loud and clear message that we will hold Democrats accountable for their unpopular partisan agenda.”
The ‘Young Guns’ program encourages candidates who have proven their ability to meet crucial campaign benchmarks to develop their campaigns further in order to achieve victory on Election Day. In achieving ‘Young Gun’ status, Martha McSally has met organizational and fundraising benchmarks and has established herself as a strong contender. McSally has reached the fourth and final step by establishing a clear path to victory through her ability to build a formidable campaign structure and achieve important goals and benchmarks.
Martha E. McSally is a proven leader and a pioneer. She is the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, and first to command a fighter squadron in combat in United States history. She first made her home in Tucson in 1994, after graduating from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, during the first of her four assignments in the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. McSally has been the recipient of the Tucson YMCA Women on the Move Award and was named one of the three “Women Who Lead” by the Women’s Studies Advisory Council at the University of Arizona. Previously, Martha was Professor of National Security Studies at the George C. Marshall Center in Germany.
McSally faces incbument Rep. Ron Barber in the Congressional District 2 race.