Roraback: New National Status Shows GOP has a Big Tent

Republican congressional candidate Andrew Roraback now has the status of a “Young Gun” as bestowed by the National Republican Congressional Committee. The status is the top level of a four-tier system and basically means the national party believes he can win his race against Democrat Elizabeth Esty in the Connecticut’s fifth congressional district. The recognition comes from a program founded by US Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (R-WI); not exactly a reach-across-the-aisle trio. However, Roraback sees no conflict with his own moderate approach.

Roraback’s news release on the recognition highlights his moderate, consensus-building approach. The national leaders running the “Young Guns” program are hardliners. “There’s no conflict at all,” Roraback tells The Hanging Shad. “Our party is a national party and it welcomes people to a big tent…The fact that they [national Republicans] are willing to help me is a good indication they’re eager to have a ‘Connecticut Republican’ [in Congress],” he said.

Despite the often uncompromising nature of Cantor, Ryan and company, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) embraced Roraback’s moderate views. “As one of the most moderate and respected state senators in Hartford, [Roraback] has proven that he is willing and able to work across party lines on the issues that affect Connecticut the most. Andrew’s background of being a fiscal conservative and social moderate make him the perfect fit for this swing district,” the NRCC said in a news release.

Roraback expects the recognition to help his campaign in fundraising including nationally.

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