Top Republicans are meeting with potential problem children this week, having one-on-one talks on the House floor, adding star power to the more than 150 fundraisers set for this month and putting all members on notice about the importance of being prepared for the November election at their weekly meeting.
Their message: Shape up, or find yourself out of a job in January. Just like Stearns and Sullivan, two members who got knocked off by surprisingly strong primary challenges this year.
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions had a “Come to Jesus” talk to Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on the House floor Tuesday. King, who is in a hotly contested race against Democrat Christie Vilsack, has already been the beneficiary of an endorsement and recent visit from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is visiting King’s district on Thursday.
Sessions isn’t taking chances. He told POLITICO he’s talked to several lawmakers this week, including Rep. Francisco Canseco (R-Texas), particularly about being prepared for third-party groups getting involved as the election gets closer.
“I have talked to several on these issues. We’ve got them going on all over the place,” Sessions said.“What was a good fight between two or four people, turns into a fight among 15. I’m talking to them about what to expect and what our opportunities will be.”
NRCC Vice Chairman Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) said the goal of the meetings are just “making sure that they’ve got plenty of bullets to go onto the battlefield, so to speak, we need to retain those seats.”
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