Republican Freshmen Stick Together

June 25, 2012

By Jonathan Strong, Roll Call

If blood is indeed thicker than water, freshman GOP lawmakers are demonstrating they are one tight family.

Freshman House Republicans are lining up behind two fellow members of their class who are fighting more senior Republicans because of redistricting, appearing at fundraisers and vouching to provide support in other ways as well.

The two beneficiaries are Reps. Sandy Adams (Fla.) and Jeff Landry (La.), who face Reps. John Mica and Charles Boustany, respectively.

At a meeting of the freshman class last Wednesday at the Capitol Hill Club, the subject came up and Members generally agreed to support Adams and Landry, sources said.

“They agreed to back them because, as a class, they came here to change the way Washington works,” said a Republican aide who was at the meeting.

One freshman said the class will not take an official position. For instance, neither Adams nor Landry are part of the “Freshman Hold ’Em” candidate retention program that a group of five lawmakers have spearheaded.

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