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Republican Freshmen Stick Together

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Reps. Sandy Adams (above) and Jeff Landry are seeing significant support from their freshman Republican brethren in their primaries against veteran Members.

Other freshman GOP Members who are associated with the committee are Reps. Francisco “Quico” Canseco (Texas), Rick Crawford (Ark.), Robert Dold (Ill.), Sean Duffy (Wis.), Stephen Fincher (Tenn.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Michael Grimm (N.Y.), Nan Hayworth (N.Y.), Jim Renacci (Ohio), Daniel Webster (Fla.) and Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.), who was elected in 2010 after losing a re-election effort in 2006.

In March, CBS News published an undercover sting of a fundraising trip for the committee held at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla.

Although the grainy video images of lawmakers at a luxury resort were embarrassing, the investigation did not uncover any impropriety.

The committee donated modest amounts to several of the lawmakers associated with it during the last quarter for which FEC filings are available.

During redistricting, Republican state legislators drew Boustany and Landry into the same district, most of which Boustany has represented.

Landry, who officially announced his long-expected Member-vs.-Member bid last month, has worked to position himself as the more conservative, tea-party-affiliated Member. He’s made particular hay out of his vote against — and Boustany’s vote in favor of — the debt-ceiling-raising Budget Control Act last year.

Boustany, who is close with Speaker John Boehner (Ohio), has a fundraising edge over the freshman. Boustany, a physician, told Roll Call last month he is “committed to running a hard-nosed, aggressive, grass-roots campaign.”

John Porter, a spokesman for Boustany, said that “while he has respect for every colleague that’s a Member of the body, Congressman Boustany is more concerned about getting the support of the constituents in the new 3rd Congressional district than he is necessarily courting fellow members.”

Adams has worked to emphasize a similar tea-party-vs.-establishment narrative in her race against the 10-term Mica, the chairman of the powerful Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. While both Members often emphasize their conservative bona fides, Adams has the edge on tea party support in the district. Florida’s redistricting process drew both Members’ homes into the new 7th district north of Orlando.

Allen Byrd, a spokesman for Mica, said, “While Congressman Adams has some friends in the freshman class, we are proud that the support we are receiving in the district from numerous local elected officials, including the mayors of Winter Springs, Oviedo and Apopka, the three main cities inside her current district, and feel confident that the support of those elected officials and community leaders will result in a win in August.”

Joshua Miller contributed to this report.

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