Republican congressional nominee Raul Labrador says he took a pass on joining the National Republican campaign committee's program for promising young candidates, "Young Guns."
Labrador was absent from Wednesday's list of 33 new 'Young Guns' released by the NRCC.
His campaign coordinator, China Gum, had this reply Thursday:
"People will recognize who truly has the qualifications, background, values and ideals that resonate with the voters of the 1st District. And that's Raul Labrador.
"The Democrats can try to make an issue out of this, but it was our decision to not join the Young Guns program. We continue to work closely with the NRCC. We've met the equivalent Young Gun goals and we're pursuing our own strategy with the NRCC, the RNC (Republican National Committee) and the Idaho GOP to win victory in November."
Young Guns get special attention from the NRCC. Labrador's primary opponent, Vaughn Ward, was a Young Gun. Ward had significant financial support from NRCC members and a 3-to-1 fundraising edge over Labrador. But Labrador beat Ward by 9 percentage points.
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