Cornyn, McConnell Lead the Charge for Senate GOP Candidates

Posted August 24, 2010 at 9:35am

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn has spent the August recess traveling the country and his home state of Texas to raise money for the NRSC — and he’s not alone.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) has also been on the campaign trail for the NRSC, as have Policy Committee Chairman John Thune (S.D.), Banking ranking member Richard Shelby (Ala.), Appropriations ranking member Thad Cochran (Miss.) and Agriculture ranking member Saxby Chambliss (Ga.).

In addition to the GOP stronghold of Texas, NRSC fundraisers have taken place in Maine, Massachusetts, California and New York. Sen. Susan Collins attended the Maine event.

Cornyn and Thune this week are scheduled to appear as special guests at a two-day event designed to raise money and generate enthusiasm for a slate of Republican Senate candidates.

The Legacy Political Fund, an organization that runs a political action committee to raise money for GOP Congressional candidates, is set to hold three events throughout Texas on Wednesday and Thursday, including a breakfast in Austin, a lunch in San Antonio and a dinner in Houston.

Five Republican Senate candidates are scheduled to appear: former Florida Speaker Marco Rubio, former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, Rep. Roy Blunt (Mo.), ex-Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina of California and Washington businessman Dino Rossi.

Also among the Legacy Political Fund’s endorsed GOP Senate candidates are former Pennsylvania Rep. Pat Toomey, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck in Colorado, former Nevada Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, Arkansas Rep. John Boozman, Wisconsin businessman Ron Johnson, lobbyist and former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats, North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven and former Ohio Rep. Rob Portman.

Republicans are targeting 11 Democratic-held Senate seats and need to win 10 to regain control of the chamber. The GOP is also defending a handful of seats in competitive swing states, including Florida, Missouri, New Hampshire and Ohio.

The fund’s endorsed House candidates include Kristi Noem in South Dakota; Rick Berg in North Dakota; Delaware real estate developer Glen Urquhart; conservative activist Star Parker, running for California’s 37th district; former Rep. Steve Chabot, running for his old job in Ohio’s 1st district; and former McLean County Commissioner Adam Kinzinger, running for Illinois’ 11th district.