The highlighted candidates challenging GOP incumbents include: former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack in Iowa's 4th district; businessman Paul Hirschbiel in Virginia's 2nd district; Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing in Nebraska's 2nd district; ex-Orlando police chief Val Demings and Grayson in Florida's 8th district; state Rep. Joe Miklosi in Colorado's 6th district; state Senate President Brandon Shaffer in Colorado's 4th district; Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang in California's 48th district; East Moline Alderwoman Cheri Bustos and Freeport Mayor George Gaulrapp in Illinois' 17th district; state Rep. Sal Pace in Colorado's 3rd district; Potosnak and former Edison Mayor Jun Choi in New Jersey's 7th district; retired Air Force Gen. John Douglass in Virginia's 10th district; and former state Sen. Pat Kreitlow in Wisconsin's 7th district.
National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Paul Lindsay was unimpressed with the list that the DCCC is touting.
"Alan Grayson is among the DCCC's highly touted recruits? I think that says it all," Lindsay said.
In March, the DCCC highlighted five early recruits, including former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.), 2010 candidates Ann McLane Kuster in New Hampshire and physician Ami Bera in California, Kenosha County Supervisor Rob Zerban in Wisconsin, and California Assemblyman Anthony Portantino.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.