11:08 AM, May 7, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Big Government reports that the Young Guns Network, a group tied to House Republican leader Eric Cantor, has purchased another direct mail item supporting Dick Lugar over Richard Mourdock in the GOP Senate primary in Indiana. The item focuses on Lugar's support for ethanol subsidies and pro-environmental policies, while Mourdock's plan is called "extreme" and one that "means higher prices at the pump."
Mourdock, the state treasurer and a favorite among Tea Party members and grassroots conservatives, appears to have a lead over Lugar going into tomorrow's primary. A poll released late last week showed Mourdock 10 points ahead of the 80-year-old, six-term incumbent Lugar. Lugar has earned support from establishment Republicans, like the Young Guns Network and the Chamber of Commerce.
1:55 PM, Apr 28, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Young Guns Network, a group affiliated with House Republican majority leader Eric Cantor, is encouraging Democrats in Indiana to vote in the May 8 GOP primary for incumbent senator Dick Lugar.
6:05 PM, Apr 25, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Politico reports that the Young Guns Network, "a group affiliated with two former aides to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor," just spent $104,628.00 to support six-term incumbent senator Richard Lugar in his primary battle to hold his seat against state treasurer Richard Mourdock. The money, according to disclosures, went to "mailers" in favor of the 80-year-old Lugar, who now looks likely to lose to his more conservative challenger.
The House GOP’s new establishment. Dec 5, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 12 • By FRED BARNES
The three House Republicans who founded Young Guns—Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, and Paul Ryan—weren’t much of a force when they banded together in 2007. And they weren’t all that young, either. Cantor was 44, McCarthy 42, Ryan 37. Four years later, their influence has zoomed and Young Guns is a brand.
From The Scrapbook.12:00 AM, Sep 4, 2010 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Back in 2007, THE WEEKLY STANDARD heralded the arrival of three rising Republicans in the House who weren’t then household names. We dubbed them the Young Guns. Eric Cantor of Virginia was the deputy whip, a backbencher elevated by then-whip Roy Blunt. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin hadn’t quite come into his own yet as an influential policy maven. Kevin McCarthy of California was a freshman with a gift for understanding the ups and downs of electoral politics. The three were “agitating for the party to return to its small-government roots and to retake the House.”
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