Republican campaign chief sets bar at recapturing the House in November

The top Republican House campaign official says anything less than retaking the House will represent a failure.

National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said Tuesday that he pledged when he became chairman to win enough seats to deliver a House majority.

“Anything less, and I do not fulfill my mission statement,” Sessions said in a meeting with reporters.

Sessions also said the GOP would likely debut a Contract with America-like document after Labor Day. He said candidates would not be required to sign the document but that it would lay out broad goals rather than specific bills to be passed by target dates.

“I think it’s fair to say it will be after Labor Day,” Sessions said.

Sessions said Republicans are letting big-time donors know that they expect to be in the majority after the November elections – the implication being that donors should give to Republicans.

He noted that Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has been charged with leading the program, called “Sell the Fight.”

“It is putting people on notice that we do plan to win back the majority,” Sessions said.

Sessions also announced the committee’s March fundraising numbers. While they have rebounded nicely, and the committee is now banking money at a good clip, the NRCC was still outraised in March by its Democratic counterpart.

The NRCC raised $8 million and had $10 million cash on hand, while the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raised $9.8 million and had $26 million on hand.


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