Chester County GOP candidate, 61, named ‘young gun’ for Congress

Chester County GOP candidate, 61, named ‘young gun’ for Congress

The Republican National Congressional Committee has named Chester County’s Greg McCauley as one of the party’s “young guns” — candidates they have high hopes for in the midterm congressional elections. I couldn’t resist asking McCauley, a 61-year-old attorney and first-time candidate, the last time anyone called him a “young gun.” “Oh, it’s been a while,” he said with a smile, adding that it feels great, and he’s excited about it. The Young Guns program is a way for the party to highlight candidates in key races and to engage less-experienced candidates in a program of training and assistance. National party operatives set goals for the candidates in fundraising and other aspects of campaign development, and, if the candidates meet them, they advance to higher levels of training and assistance. McCauley is in the first of the three levels of the program, dubbed “on the radar.” “We’ve built a team, we have pollsters,” McCauley said in an interview. “We hit their first fundraising goal, and we’ve developed a plan to demonstrate exactly how we’re going to move forward for the next six months.” That first goal, he said was to raise $100,000. Campaign finance reports show McCauley has loaned his own campaign $55,000. How did he get here? It’s remarkable that McCauley, a political novice, is the Republican nominee for an open swing seat in a critical midterm election. He was a long shot for the Republican nomination in the redrawn 6th Congressional District when he filed to challenge incumbent […]

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