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NRCC Chair to Newsmax: GOP Seeing Surge in Female Candidates

Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn.
Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP)

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Thursday, 18 July 2019 01:59 PM Current | Bio | Archive

As Democrats are making the case nationwide that the Republican agenda is discouraging women from running for Congress on its party label, National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Tom Emmer of Minnesota told Newsmax quite the opposite on Thursday morning.

"We've got women jumping into races all over the country — Iowa, Georgia, all over the country," said Emmer. "I think that reflects 40% of the total recruits" to run for the House in 2020.

Now in his third term and in charge of the GOP effort to upend the 235-200 seat advantage the Democrats hold in the House, Emmer made his case at a press breakfast in Washington, D.C. hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

"How are you going to recruit women to run as Republicans?" Emmer asked. "This rabid, radical socialist agenda [pushed by the four congresswomen denounced by Trump last week] is doing it for us.

"They don't want this for their kids and the future of the country."

The NRCC chief noted that "since the beginning of the year, the NRCC has introduced close to 450 candidates: 187 were women; 106 were veterans. I want to say close to 90 of them were minority recruits."

Currently, the House has 102 women among its 435 members — 89 are Democrats and only 13 are Republicans.

As to the 'why" of those disparate figures, Emmer said simply, "I don't accept the narrative" of the 2018 election.

In his words, "nobody, it seems, wants to write about the fact there were a record number of women running as Republicans for the House of Representatives in the last election. There were [roughly] 100 women."

The real story from the last election, Emmer added, "is that [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi and the [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] DCCC and a guy named [former New York Mayor Michael] Bloomberg dropped millions of dollars specifically on our female candidates — whether they were incumbents or first-time candidates.

"Go ask [former Georgia Rep.] Karen Handel how it felt to have millions dropped on her — I think $5 million from Bloomberg. Go ask [former California Rep.] Mimi Walters.

"So the idea that this narrative is setting up is a false narrative.

"Our job is to recruit candidates and it's interesting to me," Emmer told us. "Our party already does reflect a great cross-section of America. You can go out there, and you guys in the press will have a lot harder time going into the great urban areas and finding Republicans.

"They're afraid to talk to you. Because the left has become so aggressive. Whether you're in a major corporate setting or in your neighborhood, yo'’re afraid to say, 'I'm a Republican.'"

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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