NRCC names Carlos Curbelo to ‘Young Gun’ program (dissing David Rivera in the process)

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The National Republican Congressional Committee has named Carlos Curbelo as one of its first ten “Young Guns” of the 2014 cycle. This is the NRCC’s designation for top new recruits against incumbent Democrats or in open-seat races. Curbelo is running against Rep. Joe Garcia in Florida’s 26th Congressional District.

As Emily Schultheis of POLITICO notes, including Curbelo in this group is a signal to scandal-ridden former Rep. David Rivera – who announced he’d run again in CD 26 this year – that the NRCC’s preference is for Curbelo to be the party’s standard bearer in November.

The other nine “Young Guns” are: Martha McSally, who’s challenging Democratic Rep. Ron Barber in AZ-02; Bob Dold, running against Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider in IL-10; Mike Bost, challenging Democratic Rep. Bill Enyart in IL-12; Richard Tisei, facing Democratic Rep. John Tierney in MA-06; Torrey Westrom, running against Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson in MN-07; Stewart Mills, facing Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan in MN-08; Ryan Costello, running for retiring Rep. Jim Gerlach’s seat in PA-06; Barbara Comstock, running for retiring Rep. Frank Wolf’s seat in VA-10; and Evan Jenkins, challenging Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall in WV-03.

The list is a mix of both the top districts that have long been on Republicans’ target lists and the Republican recruits about whom they’re most excited: Rahall, for example has always been seen as one of this cycle’s most vulnerable Democrats, while McSally (though she’s run before) is arguably one of the NRCC’s rising-star recruits.

H/t to Morning Score.

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