NRCC: Karen Diebel Progresses to ‘On the Radar’

August 18, 2011

Florida Republican Candidate Takes Big First Step to Achieving ‘Young Gun’ Status

The National Republican Congressional Committee today announced Karen Diebel as an ‘On the Radar’ candidate, the important first step in the ‘Young Guns’ program. Founded during the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI), the ‘Young Guns’ program is a Member-driven effort that is the primary method for recruiting strong candidates for both open-seat and challenger races. Diebel is running for one of Florida’s newly created Congressional District.

“We are looking forward to working with Karen Diebel, who has already proven herself by meeting rigorous benchmarks in the ‘Young Guns’ program that will position her campaign for victory,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX). “Karen Diebel’s dedication and
experience enables her to advocate effectively for pro-growth policies and fight the failed Democrat status quo in Washington. This will stand in stark contrast to the Democrats’ record of spending, borrowing and taxing that Florida families and small businesses know has failed.”

Specifically, the ‘Young Guns’ program encourages candidates who have proven their ability to meet crucial campaign benchmarks to develop their campaigns further in order to achieve victory on Election Day. In achieving ‘On the Radar’ status, Diebel has met the first set of these organizational and fundraising benchmarks and has already begun to establish herself as a strong contender. Diebel will now work toward even higher goals that will help her advance in the ‘Young Guns’ program and build an effective, winning campaign.

Karen Diebel has gained a wealth of knowledge serving as the Vice Mayor and City Commissioner of Winter Park since 2007. By opposing government-run healthcare and new taxes to businesses, Diebel is a strong Republican leader that understands what it takes to get the economy back on track. Working as the Verizon Business’ Executive Director also gives Diebel firsthand private sector experience that she will use to promote job-growth policies that will help alleviate the problems created by Obama and Congressional Democrats’ failed big government policies.