As primary challengers emerge for more and more House Republicans, a party leader says his members need to avoid making excuses and simply run better campaigns than their challengers.
“It’s a free country on both sides. This is not unique to either party. This is something we all face. You need to go win your primary,” said Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon Republican and chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, during an interview on MSNBC on Friday morning. “You need to win it at home. And then you move forward.”
Mr. Walden’s comments come as the conservative Club For Growth, tea party organizations and others field challengers to incumbent members of Congress.
Club for Growth, for example, has launched the website primarymycongressman.com, where it singles out targets for the 2014 primaries.
Those targets include Mr. Walden, who stressed that the NRCC is “about beating Democrats,” and that he hopes the Club For Growth and other groups will keep the focus on retaining the House and capturing the Senate, rather than promoting intra-party fights.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle, Democrats in 2014 plan to paint themselves as the more reasonable of the two parties.
“There is an unquenchable thirst — particularly in the districts we have to win, suburban, independent, moderate swing districts — an unquenchable thirst for one thing: compromise. And we’re going to put compromise on the ballot in 2014,” said Rep. Steve Israel, New York Democrat and chairman of the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee.