NRCC Adds Fincher to ‘Young Guns’ Program

Posted December 10, 2009 at 9:27am

Amid some speculation in Tennessee Republican circles that farmer and gospel singer Stephen Fincher will get a primary challenge in the race to replace retiring Rep. John Tanner (D), the National Republican Congressional Committee gave their recruit a vote of confidence Thursday morning.Fincher has impressed the committee enough with his early campaign efforts to be bumped up to the next rung of the NRCC’s recently retooled “Young Guns— campaign program.Young Guns is a fundraising and infrastructure system that was created last cycle that ranks candidates on three tiers: “On the Radar,— “Contender— and “Young Guns.— No candidate has yet achieved the program’s highest ranking. Besides Fincher, only nine other Republican recruits have achieved Contender status.“Stephen Fincher has already proven that he will be a formidable candidate by meeting the Young Guns program’s rigorous goals and is well on his way to building a winning campaign and putting this seat back in the Republican column,— NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) said in a release. “His campaign has put Democrats on notice that Americans are ready to turn the page on the failed experiment known as the Obama-Pelosi agenda.—Fincher, who filed for the race in early September and reported over $300,000 in cash on hand by the end of that month, has proved to be a strong fundraiser in the early stages of his campaign. But in the wake of Tanner’s retirement announcement last week, some Tennessee Republican insiders don’t believe that the little-known gospel singer from Frog Jump will make it through the primary without drawing a better-known challenger. But with statements of support for Fincher last week and Thursday’s announcement, the NRCC certainly isn’t showing any signs of dumping Fincher for a more established candidate.